"I also came last year and watched The 150th Open. I walked the course a couple of times just to reacquaint myself and then we walked it again on Sunday morning, so I'm starting to get a real good feel for it.
“I think the key and the thing I've tried to explain to the players is how the weather can shift so rapidly and the winds can look like they're going to be coming one way and then an hour later they've shifted. So just trying to make sure we're prepared for any change in the wind, I think that's the most important thing I can do.
"I’ve encouraged the guys to put a 2-iron or a long iron in the bag, and most of them have. I've told them to take a little bounce off their wedges and I think they've done that, but they're so good, the players. We know that the GB&I players are wonderful players too, so they'll adapt to whatever the wind brings.”
The foursomes contests, which see team-mates sharing the same ball and playing alternate shots, have typically represented the greatest challenge for the USA in past Walker Cup matches.
A lack of exposure to the format in comparison to their GB&I counterparts is a hurdle for the Americans to overcome, but McCoy is confident his side can rise to the challenge.
“We know it's important – we did play some foursomes in our practice session around Christmas time, so I got some ideas then on certain combinations,” he continued. “We played foursomes yesterday (Tuesday), we’re gonna play foursomes again today (Wednesday). I’m very happy with the combinations we’ve found. I think that everybody’s complementing each other.”
With the build-up to the biennial contest almost at an end, excitement is understandably high for McCoy and his charges.
The 60-year-old USA skipper is having the time of his life at St Andrews and acknowledged he does not want the week to end.
“I’m sure it will be a let-down when it’s over,” said McCoy with a smile. “But I’m enjoying it right now – there’s a lot of adrenaline.”