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Danny Willett talks about slump in form since Masters success

It’s been a difficult 18 months for Danny Willett. After his impressive Masters win, many had the Englishman touted for big things. However, since snaring the Green Jacket, Willet has been anything but happy with his golf career.

Willet is yet to record a single victory since capturing his maiden major title, despite changing swing coaches. An ongoing issue with back pain has also played a factor in his slump in performance. Willett was in contention last month at the Portugal Masters, only to finish T-68. Willett hasn’t had a top-50 finish since March and has missed the cut or withdrawn in eight of his last 13 starts. Things aren’t looking good right now.

In his own post, the 30-year-old revealed details about how unprepared he was for the attention following his Masters win--and the trials that brought:

“What’s funny is that we, as golfers, spend so much time practicing for those moments, working on our swings, those chip shots, pressure putts, how to deal with being in contention mentally but no one ever really prepares you for what happens next, after you achieve greatness like that. Ultimately, I’ll be able to look back on that day and be thankful for all that it has given me but it’s not always easier dealing with the aftermath,” Willet wrote.



He continued: “After the Masters, every time I went to the range, every time I was on a putting green or in a practice round, there were cameras on you and everything’s being filmed and recorded. That magnifies everything to the nth degree. People that know me, know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and if I’m having a bad day on the course, I’ll show it and if I’m playing well and everything’s great in the world, you can tell. That’s just who I am. When the spotlight was on me constantly, I felt I had to dull that side of me down a little. It’s much harder to show some of that emotion, good or bad, when everyone’s eyes are on you.”

Willet also explained how golf can seem like the easiest job in the world when things are going well, but once the wheels come off things can go so very sour.

“They don’t know that I’ll get up at 5.00am to get some practice in or hit the gym before my son wakes up at 6.30 and I need to help my wife with him. They don’t know that I’m still working my nuts off in the gym and on the range only to go out and shoot a 75,” Willett said.

As for Willett’s back issues, he said those came up in the first place because he was swinging poorly. He detailed how the injury became supremely frustrating, writing: “It was annoying as working out didn’t hurt it, drills didn’t hurt it but firing into the ball at full speed and just being a little off could cause a lot of pain. It ended up taking over my game as I’d be taking painkillers in the morning after waking up in pain, getting an hour of physio before each round, playing the round with a swing that hurt, then needing an hour of physio after the round. I was just knackered.”

So, is Willett considering throwing it all in? Evidently not, as the Englishman is still very much prepared to keep working hard to win another major. “I know I’ve achieved something that 99 percent of players will never get to experience but there is still a lot I want to do,” he said.





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