When asked what adjustments he makes when his game is off, he replied, "I once asked the same question of Ty Cobb. Cobb said that when he got into a batting slump he got out his pet bat and worked out in what is called pepper practice—you know, someone tossing a ball to him and Cobb bunting it back, just to get the feel.
"Well, that's sort of what I do. I go to the edge of a green and start chipping the ball, and when it begins to curl up close to the hole, I step back to 100 yards, then 125 and 150. Pretty soon I have the old feel back."
"The old feel" has been with Nelson most of the year now. "I feel confident," he admits. "I can do with a golf ball pretty much whatever I want." For anyone playing in next week's Philadelphia Inquirer Invitational, that sounds like bad news.