Jordan Spieth has gone back to the "gunslinger way" and is ready to go back to basics as he targets a first major of the year at the US PGA Championship.
Jordan Spieth has gone back to the "gunslinger way" and is ready to go back to basics as he targets a first major of the year at the US PGA Championship this week.
Spieth took over as the world number one after finishing second behind Jason Day at the US PGA last year, but has slipped to third after winning just two titles in 2016.
The 22-year-old American has opted against over-complicating his approach as he attempts to rediscover his form on home soil at Baltusrol.
"Recently, I've quickened my step and gotten back to the gunslinger way I grew up playing which I just step up and hit it," Spieth told reporters on Tuesday.
"I went from over-dissecting shots to really feeling like less is more. Now I just want to step to the next shot and hit it.
"Golf is a game where you smack it, go up to the next one, smack it again and count it all up at the end. Simplifying things has really been the trend recently."
Spieth suffered a final-round meltdown in the Masters, with Danny Willett taking advantage to win his first major title, and also missed the cut at the Players Championship.
He finished tied for 37th at the U.S. Open and 30th at The Open earlier this month after winning two majors last year, but the Texan does not feel that 2016 has been a failure.
"It is what it is. It's something to be expected," Spieth said of outside perceptions of his season.
"I feel I could improve as a player and have the same results. To everyone else it won't look like an improvement over a year, but to me it does. I don't think I'm a better player this year than I was last year. I think I'm the same player that's been getting a little too frustrated."
He added: "I feel I've matured quite a bit this year as a person and player in trying to stay focused on my own goals and keep outside noise outside,
"I set my own expectations this year. Have I met them? Not yet. I still can based on the goals I have."
Spieth tees off for round one at 1:25pm local time on Thursday with Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia.