A long putter is helping Adam Scott rediscover his best golf but South African great Ernie Els says holistic changes will play a bigger part.
Els believes former Australian world No.1 Scott will benefit from a more settled attitude towards his growing family as he makes a late bid to qualify for the US Open.
Scott needs to improve his world ranking of 65th to at least 60th inside the next two weeks to book a berth at New York's Shinnecock Hills Golf Club from June 14.
If not it will end a streak of 67 successive major appearances since 2001 for Scott. Only Spaniard Sergio Garcia (75) has enjoyed a longer run.
Els says the 37-year-old's decision to deploy to a long putter this month was already paying dividends after watching him during a recent practice round in Dallas.
"He's striking the ball unbelievably but he he had difficulty with his short putter. He just wasn't comfortable with that," Els said in a media conference confirming his involvement in the Australasian Tour's Fiji International tournament in August.
"When Scotty gets comfortable on the greens and he starts holing some, you're really going to see him back to his best.
"His motivation is there and he's playing a lot more."
However, to return to the world top 20, where Els thinks Scott deserves to be, he says the Australian needs a more settled method.
The months either side of the arrival of Scott's second child last August resulted in a fragmented schedule and his results suffered.
Scott recently admitted he was anxious about how wife Maria was coping in his absence but had begun to feel more relaxed.
"Scotty's been trying to spend a lot of time in Australia," Els said of the man he famously ran down over the final holes to win the 2012 Open Championship.
"The birth of his second kid was down there and he's back and forth a little bit.
"I think he's getting a new plan going and when he gets that settled, I think it will make it a lot easier for him to start performing on the golf course.
"He's just about there with his private life and on the golf course."