The former sixth-grade math teacher is returning to the classroom.
Michael Greller is the man who quit his former career to caddy for Jordan Spieth in 2013. Greller has been studying AimPoint, a way of reading greens that begins with feet feeling the slope of the green and then holding up fingers for each percent of slope, at Spieth’s request.
Dustin Johnson and his brother Austin, who some caddies say has mastered the method, are among others who employ it.
According to Spieth, Greller received a crash course from John Graham, Justin Thomas’ putting coach. He’s also been conversing with Austin Johnson.
Never mind that Spieth is already one of the finest putters in the world.
Spieth remarked, “I told him I try to look for an edge.” “It’d be cool to get a competitive advantage by acquiring a new talent.” In the past, I’d give Trackman workshops, which may have resulted in a stroke.”
Spieth admitted that he doesn’t use AimPoint and that his putting is more instinctive than technical. However, his account of his 50-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole at Royal Birkdale during the 2017 British Open seemed more than instinctive.
“I knew it was going to bend a little bit to the right as it went down off the slope to the bunker,” he said in 2017, “and then when it gets to the valley, the hole is on a 3-degree slope going the other way, into and off the right, so it’ll be a downhill left-to-right, and then it double breaks into uphill right-to-left.”
When Spieth was reminded of that description, he chuckled.
He explained, “What I was trying to say is that it was a major double-breaker.”