Last season, Morikawa’s fourth on TOUR, was also his first without a win. He still qualified for the TOUR Championship, however, and finished 19th in the FedExCup, including top-5s in the Masters and US Open. He finished 131st in Strokes Gained. Putting last season, although that was actually an improvement over 2021, when he won The Open and was the FedExCup leader after the regular season.
“The idea for me is to be consistent. I’ve been able to show that I can get hot and I can putt well. The problem is that so far it’s been sparingly, right. It’s been here and there. It might be one good round, but it’s not over a course of a tournament, or it’s over the course of two tournaments and then it kind of disappears,” Morikawa said Wednesday. “I just need to become a little more consistent putter, and a lot of it has to do with my speed, just kind of nailing those five-foot-and-in putts. If I’m doing more of those, it’s going to be so much more beneficial on every aspect of my game. It’s going to ease off chipping, it’s going to ease off lag putting. At the end of the day, what I’m trying to do is just become a more consistent putter.
“Right now we’re making a switch and we’re trying something new. I did it with the saw grip say a year and a half ago, and it worked out, and hopefully with this we’re heading down the right path, as well.”