Number crunching: Jodi Ewart Shadoff becomes cut-making machine in 2016

Number crunching: Jodi Ewart Shadoff becomes cut-making machine in 2016

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Number crunching: Jodi Ewart Shadoff becomes cut-making machine in 2016

(This is the ninth in a 10-part series examining some of the notable movers up and down in the 2016 Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings.)

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RANKING/MOVEMENT: +181 (No. 198 to 17)

Why the rise? When Jodi Ewart Shadoff missed the cut at the season-opening event in the Bahamas she thought, Oh no, here we go again.

England’s Ewart Shadoff hadn’t touched a golf club for a month during the fall of 2015, the longest break of her golfing career. Then for three months she worked diligently with swing coach David Leadbetter, trainer Trevor Anderson and sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters to bring back the form that earned her a spot on the 2013 European Solheim Cup team.

Turns out the missed cut was a one-off. Ewart Shadoff cashed a check every week for the rest of the season, finishing 32nd on the money list with $593,296.

“Throughout the year I’ve been continually becoming more consistent, and I think that has really helped me mentally,” said Ewart Shadoff. “Last year I was desperate to play well.”

It was her work on the greens, in particular, that paid off. For years the 28-year-old has fought being “too wristy,” resulting in too many short misses.

Leadbetter worked with the athletic Ewart Shadoff to engage her core and take her wrists out of the stroke. Winters helped with her green reading and visualization.

“I’m not scared of missing 3- or 5-footers anymore,” she said.

The lack of tension in her body also helped with mechanics. Ewart Shadoff moved from 125 in putts per GIR last season to 40th. Her strength always has been ballstriking. She ranked sixth in greens in regulation in 2016.

“She’s definitely sort of a top-10-type player,” said Leadbetter, who likes his student’s now glass-half-full approach.

Ewart Shadoff tied for second at Lorena Ochoa’s event in Mexico City last November, her best finish on tour.

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She said it

“Mexico was the first time probably since college where I haven’t been fearful of failing. … I just went out there to win.”

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