With social media the way that it is it didn't take long for the screaming headlines to emerge that Justin Thomas had sacked his dad, Mike, as his swing coach.
Golf Channel's Todd Lewis commented that his dad was now more 'in the background' and that Thomas would be doing things more on his own going forward but the father and son combo are still very much together professionally.
“Mike wasn’t with him at the Wyndham Championship when he was trying to make the playoffs. So he’s kind of digging it out of the dirt, figuring it out himself, but still consulting with his father. By the way, they still have a wonderful relationship,” Lewis said on Golf Today.
When asked for a comment Thomas Sr laughed off the speculation having just enjoyed a four-hour session together and he added that his son sends him video every night to look at.
“You’re kidding. That’s just stupid. That’s what some people in the media do. It’s ridiculous. I just left Justin. We worked all morning. But, listen, if he did fire me, and it was for the better, then what’s the problem? I guess they have to have something to talk about.”
Thomas Sr admitted that they had done less work together last year so Thomas could do more of his own work but, with some swing changes coming in, they had spent more time together this year. There was an Instagram video this week of hitting balls in Tennessee which have probably only added to the speculation.
JT absolutely grinding. 😤— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 5, 2023
(📹: Instagram/ Justin Thomas) pic.twitter.com/9woNAg1tMX
Where Thomas may be making some changes are on the putting front. He began incorporating AimPoint into his routine this year, with the help of John Graham, and they are rumoured to have parted company after Thomas missed the cut at Royal Liverpool.
Thomas finished in 137th in the SG: Putting stats on -13.993, a drop from 85th in the 2022 season while his world ranking is now down at 25th.
He did though get the nod from Ryder Cup skipper Zach Johnson, helped by a 6-2-1 record in the competition and partnership with his good friend Jordan Spieth. His Presidents Cup record is equally as brilliant at 6-2-2.
He is scheduled to compete at next week’s Fortinet Championship in California where he will be hoping to play all four rounds at least and find some on-course form ahead of Italy.