The final round at Colonial Sunday had the drama we wanted but it wasn’t quite the shootout we expected. Neither Jason Kokrak nor hometown favorite Jordan Spieth could seem to hit a green over the last 5 holes as it became a scramble fest for pars and bogies. In the end Jordan could have shot even par and won his 2nd Charles Schwab challenge, but he didn’t. Instead he completely lost his swing and shot 73. Kokrak mixed birdies with bogies but survived and won his 2nd title of the season by 2 strokes. Jay led the field in driving distance at an average of 321 yards which is no surprise. He’s one of the longest on tour. He also led the field in strokes gained off the tee which a combination of distance and accuracy. Again, no surprise. But he is enjoying his best season on tour with 2 wins and currently sitting 5th in FedEx Cup points due to flat stick. He absolutely putted the eyes out of it and has been for quite some time.
After the 2019 Houston Open, Kokrak ranked 219th in stroked gained putting on the PGA Tour. He now finds himself ranked 7th. He’s always been a long hitter with a great iron game, but turning the putter around so drastically is clearly why he is has won $3.5 million already this season and is ranked 35th in the world. Now he sets his eyes on a great chance to fulfill a dream and make the US Ryder Cup team. All of this success is due to a minor change, and it wasn’t mechanics or had anything to do with the actual stroke.
In 2020 he put some work in at Bettinardi’s putter studio to learn his tendencies and dial in the perfect model and specs for his stroke. They added some loft to his putter and that was something he was never quit comfortable with. And then like a good caddie, David Robinson (D-Rob) took notice to something and offered some great advice. He saw that Jason was kind of gripping the end of the putter grip in his palm. “Don’t change anything”, D-Rob said. “Just go with a 36” long putter.” And that was all she wrote. Everything improved including his line and posture. Jason now feels like he can swing the head more freely.
Kokrak played the Joker to Spieth’s Batman all weekend as the hometown Dallas crowd was quite vocal for their fellow Longhorn. “I just had to remember that I was playing the course and not necessarily Jordan.” That scenario alone made his 2nd tour win a bit harder than the first. Jason joins Bryson DeChambeau and Stewart Cink as the only players on tour to have multiple wins this season.
From the Hive to the Cup Bettinardi is a maker of some of the finest milled putters in the world. The Queen Bee line features a gorgeous lineup of Rose Gold models milled from soft carbon steel. The milled Honey Comb pattern delivers an incredible feel and consistent roll with every stroke. Jason Kokrak however, uses the brand’s Studio Stock 38 model. This is a face balanced compact mallet with a double-bend shaft. The Studio Stock series contains milled grooved called Roll Control Face. This promotes less skid and more topspin early in the putt to ensure the ball stays online and rolls true. Instead of carbon steel, the Studio Stock line is machined from 303 stainless and features the brand’s all new Diamond Blast Finish. This provides an exceptional feel and a glare-free, crisp, and clean look at address.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional