Look for Rory McIlroy to bounce back big from his loss to Hunter Mahan at Match Play last week.
What is the most underrated adjustment for golfers going from the West Coast Swing to the Florida Swing?
Is it the change from Poa Annua greens to Bermuda? This certainly is a factor but PGA TOUR players are used to different surfaces and quickly make the adjustment.
Chipping from Rye grass rough compared to Bermuda? This is a major adjustment and cannot be learned in a week.
Florida humidity compared to frost delays? That is a matter of comfort and not performance.
Eating grits versus avocado? This is an acquired taste.
What’s the toughest transition? It’s the time change.
For more than a month, most of the PGA TOUR players have been on Pacific Standard Time and it takes bodies a while to adjust to the East Coast. The internal clock fights a person when it’s time to get out of bed at 7:00 a.m. ET and it still feels like 4:00 a.m. PT. For this first week on the East Coast, players can feel disoriented.
Rickie Fowler is used to both coasts and it can still be difficult. He grew up in California and now lives in Florida. “The first couple of days back things just seem… a little off. You get hungry at strange times and I can tell I don’t sleep as well when I first get back. It takes a while to get use to it. For some reason it helps to drink a lot of water that first day back.”
Jeev Milkha Singh globe trots the world playing golf and frequently crosses multiple time zones to compete. He once told me a simple solution to solve the jet lag problem. “No matter what time I land in a country, no matter what time I left, if I have a lot of sleep or little sleep, I always do one thing. I make myself stay awake until 11 o’clock at night after I land. Sometimes that’s hard to do, but if I go to sleep at 11, I wake up the next morning already adjusted to whatever timezone I am in.”