Adam Scott hopes a return to the mindset and practice schedule that helped him reach World No.1 has him ready to peak at the US PGA Championship and beyond as he chases an elusive second major title.
Scott left the Masters last month seething after letting another major slide by without being a factor and vowed not to return to competitive golf until he addressed the self-doubt and shortcuts that were infecting his game.
Now the Queenslander says a hard reset over the past month will ensure his efforts at this week's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course aren't "smoke and mirrors".
With the PGA Championship, US Open, Open Championship and the lucrative FedExCup Playoffs all slated within the next four months, Scott can't afford to go through the motions and waste the remaining prime years of his career.
"I had to lay the cards on the table and be honest with myself and start with a clean slate because what I had been doing wasn't getting me to where I wanted to be." - Adam Scott.
"I've done what I needed to do since the Masters to get my game in better shape," he told AAP.
"I was spinning my wheels ... so I had to change my mindset.
"I had to lay the cards on the table and be honest with myself and start with a clean slate because what I had been doing wasn't getting me to where I wanted to be.
"I've made some moves that feel very familiar from when I was playing consistently at the top level.
"I've made decisions that have put me back in that frame of mind and then I've backed it up with the timing around my practice and training."
Scott, now 40, has had to juggle family life with his golf since the first of three children was born in early 2015 and his priorities shifted.
But he believes, with the incredible support of wife Marie, he's now been able to replicate the settings he had in place from 2011 through 2014 – a spell in which he finished inside the top 15 in 13 of 16 majors played, including his famous 2013 Masters triumph.
In the 24 majors since, 2015 Scott has just six top-15 finishes, the most recent coming pre-COVID in 2019.
The 14-time PGA Tour winner is part of an eight-man contingent vying to be the first Australian to win a major since Jason Day claimed the PGA Championship in 2015.
Scott was in the mix early when the PGA was last played on the coastal course in 2012 before drifting to 11th.
"When you look deeper into it, some of it was caring too much," Scott said.
"I had to remember not to try so hard and get back into that self-belief of knowing I'm a good player and look what happens if you just let go a little bit and let your talent show up.
"I had to let go of indecision and get my mind to think like a top player again."
- Ben Everill, Australian Associated Press