Williams not a big fan of green-reading books

He may be out of the ‘loop’ a bit these days but New Zealand’s Steve Williams still finds his views on the game are much sought-after.

So when he spoke about such things as yardage books and caddies lining up players’ alignment before their shots, well, those who rule the game are entitled to listen.

Steve Williams and Adam Scott Steve Williams offers some advice to Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Indeed Williams, who caddied for Danielle Kang at the recent New Zealand Women’s Open, suggested in a recent interview in New Zealand that detailed yardage books were actually removing an element of skill from the game.

“There’s no doubt that a lot of the information that’s getting provided now is taking a lot of the skill and the art and the natural gift [out] of playing the game,” said Williams.

“I’m totally against greens-reading books.”

“I think it’s a skill of the game not to have a book provided that absolutely gives you a detailed description of the green and if you read the book accurately, you know exactly how far your putt’s going to break.”

Williams ended a long tenure working for Adam Scott this season and is ‘semi-retired’ and playing off a seven handicap at Auckland’s South Head Golf Club.

Yet he has not ruled out a return to tournament golf and admitted he had fun caddying for Kang in New Zealand and might do it again next season.

He also aired his views on the current practice of caddies checking their player’s alignment before playing certain shots.

“On the LPGA Tour the caddies currently are allowed to line their players up,” he said.

“That’s debatable whether that should be allowed.”

Next year will be Williams’ 40th as a looper and he has carried the bag for some of the biggest names in golf like Greg Norman, Peter Thomson and Raymond Floyd but none bigger than Tiger Woods of course, whom he helped steer to 13 major championships.

And he did say he might also do some reporting work for The Golf Channel if the opportunity arose.