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Els finds lightning in a putter on the greens at the RBC Heritage

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In case you needed any more proof that golf is a crazy game, Ernie Els finished third in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. His brilliant putting performance, which led to a T14 finish in the event, comes just more than a week removed from going viral for six-putting the first green at The Masters.

What was the difference?

It may have been that he put a new putter in the bag for his weekend rounds at the RBC Heritage. On Saturday and Sunday with the new flat stick, he gained an astounding total of 9.96 strokes against the field on the greens — leading the field in the stat for each of the respective rounds.

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While Els began the week with the same putter he used at The Masters the week prior, he later switched into a SeeMore mFGP DF (Deep Flange) Stainless Steel Nashville Studio Series putter.

Below are the specs of his putter, which are considered “standard” according to a SeeMore representative:

  • Length: 35 inches
  • Lie angle: 70 degrees
  • Loft: 2.5 inches
  • Grip: Tour Classic SeeMore grip.

It’s not the first time he’s had the putter in his hands, however. In fact, we spotted him (pictured below) testing the same putter on Wednesday at The Masters, although we have not confirmed when he first began testing it.

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And it’s not the first time he’s had a SeeMore putter in his hands, either. According to a company representative, Els once had a stretch of “about four tournaments” where he used a SeeMore putter. He raved about the putter’s technology in the video below, which was originally posted in December 2006:

Nearly 10 years later, SeeMore’s technology helped Els find lightning in a bottle on the greens at the RBC Heritage. How long will this level of putting last? That remains to be seen. You just never know in the sport of golf.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about his new putter in the forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. MRC

    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Smizzle be gone.
    Great article and well done Ernie.

  2. Mike

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Having struggled with alignment issues on the greens for two seasons I put my old SeeMore Putter (the one Zach Johnson uses) back in the bag this season. I took it out because my hands pushed putts to the left during impact naturally. This time however I replaced the standard grip with a Super Stroke 3.0 and bang! All I can say is SeeMore are the real deal and when coupled with a Super Stroke grip…it’s great to have confidence and swagger on greens again. Highly recommend to players that struggle with alignment.

  3. Pingback: El milagro de Ernie Els con el putter: ¿el SeeMore Putter o la cabeza? - Golf76.com

  4. Shallowface

    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Most cases of the yips start with poor eye alignment at address. Sounds like the Seemore putter helped Ernie with that issue. If I recall correctly he spent some time working with a vision coach in the past.

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Indi Golf introduces two new putter designs featuring the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology

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Indi Golf Alisson Black Matte

Indi Golf has unveiled two new putter designs in two different finishes named Allison and Ramone.

The Allison and Ramone flatsticks come in both black and chrome finishes and contains the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology which, according to the company, eliminates miss-hits no matter where the ball is struck on the face.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Speaking on the new additions, Rob Lang, General Manager, Indi Golf, stated

“After designing wedges for the past few years, the putter category was the most logical next step for us in our mission to help golfers make their short game their best game.

“We’ve been developing the technology for these putters for over a year now and we’re confident they will help golfers make more putts. We’re excited to finally introduce them.”

The Allison putter is a face-balanced mid-size mallet, which features a double-bend shaft which aims at creating a perfectly face-balanced putter for the player that uses a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

The Ramone, a toe-hang blade putter, features a 30-degree toe-hang, which is aimed towards the player that favors an arced putting stroke.

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

As well as the Colossal Sweet Spot Technology, both of the new additions from Indi Golf are precision CNC milled and are constructed from Aircraft Grade Aluminum. The flat-sticks also contain toe and heel tungsten weighting, designed for increased stroke stability and maximum feel for ultimate consistency.

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

Indi Golf Alisson Matte Black

The putters are available with matte black or satin chrome finishes in 33”, 34” or 35” lengths and customers can also choose between a Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol putter grip, upper Stroke Traxion Tour 2.0, Traxion Pistol GT Tour or Traxion Claw 2.0 grip.

Indi Golf Ramone Stain Chrome

Indi Golf Alisson Stain Chrome

The putters are currently available for pre-sale at www.indigolfclubs.com, with inventory beginning middle of December. The MSRP for both putters is $449.99, and during the pre-sale, the price is $329.99.

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from cookszn who asks WRXers how often do they change their wedges. Cookszn also asks the same question focusing on those who don’t have the fortune to be able to play the game in winter months, and our members have been sharing their thoughts, with many following a variety of different philosophies.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MattyO1984: “Lob Wedge, every year to 18 months. Sand and Gap, every 24-36 months.”
  • dlygrisse: “Every 2-3 years. For me, it’s more of a visual check, if the chrome is wearing off and the grooves are getting a bit dodgy. I play about 10 months a year on average. For me, though, it really depends on how much you practice. If you are just playing golf 20-40 times a year or so you really won’t get much wear. But if you practice bunker shots and work on your short game on a weekly basis, then you may need new wedges every season.”
  • Oz Max: “I’ve had my set for 5 years now, and they still spin a lot, enough to zip back a few meters on a pitch shot (when I make a good contact that is!). Though I loom after them, clean the grooves regularly and use one of those regrooving tools, they are perfect to keep the edges sharp every so often.”
  • Zigzog: “I am using some Cleveland 588 Tour Action at the moment, at least 15 years old – they still spin plenty for me. New wedges will give more initial bite, but this will stop after a handful of rounds IMO – so for me, I am more comfortable with what I know.”
  • RichieHunt: “About once every 12-15 months.”
  • Roody: “I play about 100 rounds a season. I just replaced my 60-degree wedge last week. The previous one was 5 years old. I have a groove sharpener that I use on the wedges once or twice a season. Seems to keep them “good enough” for my needs.”

Entire Thread: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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TXG: Is this the future of shafts? | Nippon G.O.S.T review

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Testing Nippon’s brand new Modus G.O.S.T. shaft that features a graphite layer on top of a steel shaft for a balance of feel, vibration dampening and stability.

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