World number six golfer Xander Schauffele chooses a push-up position when finding a way to put the ball at the major US Open taking place in San Diego, USA.

Schauffele thinks lying on your stomach on the green is more effective at closing holes than the popular squat. He applied this adjustment to practice in the past few days.

“If I judge for myself, I think I’m an expert at reading greens. Sometimes, by lying face down or crawling on the green, I detect elements that are difficult to notice from a normal position. The new style may not nice, but I’m trying to find my own advantage.Also, a few push-ups per hole is fine,” explains Schauffele, deciding to “push up on the green”.

Schauffele in a new green reading position.  Photo: Golf Digest

Schauffele in a new green reading position. Image: San Diego Tribune

This solution initially worked for Schauffele at the US Open 2021 – the 121st term – at South Torrey Pines, par71. On the opening day of June 17, he hit 69 strokes, including four birdies and two bogeys, the whole round used 29 putts and then felt himself “putt more comfortable”.

In the second round yesterday, Schauffele hit 71 strokes, including 30 putts. After 36 holes, the 27-year-old American golfer stood at T7 with a score of -2, three strokes from the top of the table.

Before Schauffele, the PGA Tour world noted that Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas initiated a stance almost glued to the green, followed by Kessler Karain – the caddy of American player Patrick Reed. But both of these characters are at a “lighter” level, in which Villegas often splits one leg like “spider-man”.

Schauffele was born in 1993, also in San Diego and not far from Torrey Pines. He has been playing professionally since 2015, so far he has won four PGA Tour championships, including the closing event of the Tour Championship in 2017. In the traditional major quartet, Schauffele has finished in the top 5 six times, including two occasions. 2nd place – The Open Championship 2018 and Masters 2019. As for the US Open, he entered the top 5 finals in the last two periods.

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