Putting Improvements: Don’t be Scared to try Something New

by Jordan on September 30, 2013

There’s has been a lot made of the controversial rule to ban anchored putting on the PGA Tour and while many fans welcome the move just as many argue it could seriously damage certain players’ careers.

Putting, and how we putt, is probably the most important factor in golf. Anyone can hit balls long and straight with practice, but it takes nerve, talent and precision to make the putts.

If you’re struggling with your green game, it’s worth examining how the pros change their technique to get out of a rut. Take Phil Mickelson as a perfect example. The American has changed his style numerous times this season and by developing his technique he’s found a successful close game.

Fans of golf betting saw how the leftie started 2013 harnessing the ‘claw’ grip yet soon realised his putts were losing their zip, so switched to Odyssey’s Versa putters and in turn his old, natural grip. The move didn’t quite work out – Mickelson now struggling with stroke smoothness – and so flipped once again, to the Super Stroke ‘slim’.

Although Big Phil’s changes may suggest a golfer lacking confidence, this determination to correct his game has produced results. He won the Phoenix Open in late January before an agonising second-place finish at Merion. Less than a month later and his persistence yielded the Scottish Open and Open Championship crowns on notorious links courses.

Mickelson hasn’t been afraid to ditch a putter, despite being under the watchful eye of the media and sports betting fans alike. Neither should you, for correcting your putting game could be the difference between a trophy and a missed cut.

Practice is, of course, the key element here and no doubt Mickelson does his fair share before taking a new putter onto the tournament greens. His 2013 yield proves chopping and changing is reliable – you just need the confidence to do it.


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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