The Open 2012: Born-again Ernie Els eyeing the prize
JUST like Luke Donald, Ernie Els will have a member of England’s Rugby World Cup-winning management team guiding him around Lytham.
While Donald employs kicking guru Dave Alred as his practice coach, Els, above, has turned to eye specialist Sherylle Calder to help teach him to putt again.
Calder, who has flown over from the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, worked on the peripheral vision of England’s 2003 squad and is still involved in South African rugby union. Els, 42, believes her methods can sort out his putting.
As well as drills on the putting green, one of the exercises involves hitting a laptop space bar when he sees a particular ball appear on the screen.
Calder has told him it will take 13,000 tries until his eyes are fully trained. He is halfway there.
“It will take a while and I have got to show a little patience,” said Els.
“But I am making a lot more putts and I am a lot more comfortable.
“It’s made me realise just how much I have been all over the place for two years. I couldn’t make it from a foot.”
“Right now I feel like a guy coming back again. I can win Majors,” he said.
“Physically I am fine and now the confidence is coming back. I’m a lot more the old Ernie now, not the impatient Ernie. I didn’t like who I was. I feel like some great years could be just round the corner.”<< back
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