Your book Just Hit It, is fascinating reading and I believe every serious golfer should read it.
My question is to do with the pros changing putters. What makes these superstars change putters and can you please give me some advice in this regard?
I am pleased that you enjoyed my book, thanks for mentioning it.
There are various reasons for pros changing putters, a few of which are that they are being paid to do so; they are still looking for that magic wand; their putting stroke has gone sour and have nothing else to blame; or they just believe a change will be good.
Once you have developed confidence in your putter I suggest that you don’t change. Corey Pavin has been putting with a Bulls Eye blade – this was a great putter in its time about 50 years ago — and has done so for as long as I can remember.
Richard, it is very important that you first get aproperly fitted and well designed putter – 90% of us should use a mallet putter with a low center of gravity, a high MOI (forgiveness) and face balanced. Then you need to work on your putting. I say this because we don’t spend enough time on our putting technique. About 40 % of our time is spent on the green and this is where 45% of our score are generated. But we spend less than 5% of our time on learning and understanding how to putt. A good putting lesson can help you enjoy your game.
We have researched the science of putting extensively for at least 16 years and always come to the same conclusion that with a properly fitted putter and a simple and natural stroke you will develop confidence and consistency on the green. I highly recommend getting a copy of the Fundamentals of Putting which are based on our experience in mechanics, psychology, green reading, rhythm etc. and input from our very well qualified advisory board who conduct research on putting, as it relates to their respective disciplines.
Richard, when you find a good putter don’t give it up but work on your technique until the putter starts misbehaving, then put it in a dark closet for a couple of weeks. This has worked well in many cases.
Frank, I totally believe that bannishing the bad putter to a dark place, in my case the basement, until such time it will behave is the proper thing to do. At present, I have 4 or 5 such putters that are bannished, LOL. I will occasionally allow one of them at a time to see the light of day just to check to see if they are willing to behave. This generally happens when the one that I am using starts 3 putting.
Hello Frank and Valerie
I have been using my frog putter for four seasons now. I bought it from you when you were up here in Boston. My putting so improved that I was winning putting contests much of the time. The best part of it is the confidence I have in my frog putter. Having only one or two putts on the hole is a terrific feeling. I have enjoyed lowering my handicap by shaving strokes on the putting green.
Anyone who wants to do that should consider the frog! My personal best is 23 putts for 18 holes!
“May the Frog be with you too”
Dear Frank & Valerie,
The putter that I bought from you whilst at the end of a holiday at Reunion certainly proves your point in this article. Since being fitted and really acting on your advice at the studio and in your book, my putting has improved beyond belief.
I was always a solid player tee to green (I guess a 2 or 3 H’cap), but my putting let me down. Often a good round was ruined by having several 3 putts. (I have a collection of about 15 ‘old’ putters to prove that changing a putter does not really improve things for more than a round or two).
However, with my trusty ‘Frog’ I am now down to 3 h’cap and averaging between 27 to 30 putts a round. (Yes – I do keep stats now!!)
So correct fitting, listening to professional advice and most importantly, self belief are in my case, the magical formula!
All the best,