Tuesday 27 September 2016

Video: Jordan Spieth is taking an alternative route to British Open success

Published 15/07/2015 | 13:57

USA's Jordan Spieth during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife
USA's Jordan Spieth during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife

Jordan Spieth is taking the alternative route to victory as he bids for a third major on the bounce in this week’s British Open at St Andrew’s.

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Spieth is getting to know the old course by using a golf simulator in his home instead of jetting in early to St Andrews and Ireland’s Raymie Burns says this is good preparation for the tournament favourite.

While the lie of the ball and weather are not factored in, Burns believes the simulator will give Spieth an in-depth guide to the course and a good insight into how best to play St Andrew’s.

"I have a full-swing simulator in my house and have been playing a few holes on St Andrews on it,” said Spieth recently. “I’ve made the fairways and greens firm and have been able to kind of see some of the lines off the tees."

Independent.ie brought Raymie, who played on the European Tour in the late 90s, into Independent Towers for a few holes on golfsimhire.ie to see if this is indeed ideal preparation for Spieth.

"He (Spieth) said he has a golf sim in his house and that he has played St Andrew's hundreds of times and has chosen not to go over to play St Andrew's in different winds and different weather conditions," said Burns.

"St Andrew's in very blind off the tee box so there are places you need to know where to hit the ball and this will help.

"If I miss-hit a shot on this, it's the same feeling as a miss-hit shot on the golf course. From Jordan Spieth's perspective, he will have learned as much from this point of you from playing this golf course on a golf simulator."

Raymie Burns is the gold professional in Lisheen Springs Golf Club.

For more information on how to hire a golf simulator, check out www.golfsimhire.ie

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