Gulbis looking to move on from missed cut
Monday, February 14, 2011
CARLSBAD, Calif. – What happened to Natalie Gulbis? Well, she didn’t hit many greens. Gulbis said she hit five greens on Thursday and 10 in the second round. She missed the cut by a mile, shooting 78-75.
“The first thing I’ll do is call my coach (Butch Harmon),” Gulbis said. “This is a new position for me. I haven’t missed a lot of cuts in my career.”
Second, she’ll get out of town. Gulbis believes it’s important to move on and look ahead. With Harmon at Bay Hill, she won’t go back home to Las Vegas. She might go to the TaylorMade’s nearby performance lab or move on to Palm Springs, site of next week’s Kraft Nabisco.
Gulbis attributed her poor play to her irons, struggling even out of the fairway. (She hit 13 fairways both days.)
“Because I’ve gotten healthier every couple weeks I’ve gone through quite a few sets of irons,” she said. “This is my sixth or seventh set.”
Gulbis had laser spine surgery in January and has gone from soft shafts to regular and now back to stiff. She’s swinging 10 mph faster than she did in February. She hasn’t changed models, sticking with the TaylorMade R9s, only shafts.
“It’s back to where it was around Solheim Cup,” she said of the strength of her speed. Now she just needs to work out the kinks.