If you follow us on Instagram, then you likely saw this photo yesterday of the new putter Brandt Snedeker put in the bag for the U.S. Open.
The perennial top-tenner in strokes gained-putting ranks worse than 50th in the stat this season. So, he switched from the Odyssey Rossie he’s used seemingly forever. In its place, Sneds is gaming a Bridgestone True Balance TD-02 with (as you can see) a grooved face.
According to Golf World‘s Michael Johnson, Snedeker felt he was fanning his putts and feels the E4-swingweighted putter will counter that trend.
The new putter offered Snedeker a mixed basket of outcomes today, but with it in hand he posted a one-under 69 and was just a stroke off the leader’s pace when he finished his round.
Snedeker hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation in his opening round and used a total of 28 putts. He needed 1.56 per hole on average, which is slightly better than 1.72, which was the field average when he finished shortly after noon.
On his outward nine, Snedeker and the True Balance were an unstoppable pair as he made four birdies and no bogeys for a front-nine 31, which vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. However, he had a dismal stretch from holes Nos. 10 through 12, where he went bogey, double bogey, bogey to drop four stokes.
The True Balance rolled in a pair of birdies at holes Nos. 14 and 16 to get its owner back to two under for the day. However, an atrociously struck kick-in at the 17th hole from what seemed like two feet missed the hole entirely and resulted in a bogey.
A par at No. 18 and the Vanderbilt alum penciled in “69” for his first round score.
Snedeker and his TD-02 will join Sergio Garcia and Jason Day again tomorrow for Round 2. They’re off at 1:03 p.m. ET.