To most amateurs, lessons or the practice range is something that few have little time for. After all life is busy and any spare time if often spent directly on the course rather that anywhere else. Conventional wisdom (if there is such a thing anymore) suggests TOUR pros never need a lesson. Nick Watney wasn’t above asking for some help and it paid immediate dividends for him. “I didn't strike the ball very well at the beginning of the season,” conceded Watney who also acknowledged his year wasn’t going the way he wanted. “Probably first, three or four months of the year, I didn't hit it very well, and I didn't putt as consistently as I did last year. Mentally, I definitely started pressing a little bit.”
An introduction through a friend lead him to a club professional that helped Watney find a way to lose a few strokes. “A friend of mine, Sam Reeves, hooked me up with a club professional, Darrell Kestner. He's an amazing club pro, but he gave me some putting tips this week and it's the best I've putted all year by far,” said Watney. According to the 2012 Barclays champ, Kestner pointed out a flaw that he saw in the way Watney was approaching his putting. “ Mostly it was my setup. I was well back on my heels and the putter shaft was very flat, and that caused me to kind of stroke in to out, and he got me a little bit more on the balls of my feet and the putter tracks much better now,” Watney explained. “ I owe Darrell a lot and I definitely need to give him a big thank you.”
On his way to winning the 2012 Barclays, Watney tied for second in Greens in Regulation (75%), 11th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.722) and T15 in Driving Accuracy (69.6%). He turned a two-stroke deficit heading into the final round into a three-shot win when he converted a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a closing 2-under par 69 en route to a 10-under 274 victory total.