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Crossfield: How to choose a putter

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In this week’s Golf Swing Weekly Fix, I talk about the importance of choosing the correct putter for your game and how a fitting can open up a lot more options for you on the green.

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Mark Crossfield has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, and has enjoyed shaping the digital golf world with fresh, original and educated videos. Basically, I am that guy from YouTube. You can connect with Mark on Periscope (4golfonline) and Snapchat (AskGolfGuru), as well through the social media accounts linked below.

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  1. Fast Track

    Sep 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Big fan of Mark, but this was an awful waste of time.

  2. Jim

    Sep 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I’m telling all ya’ll putter fitting is for real. Absolutely as real as lie adjusting irons.

    Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth first gen putter fitting was about the loft and getting the ball to roll better. We used high speed video but lie angle was based on feel & getting into a good ‘eyes over the ball’ posture.

    I’m 6’2 & have a ‘bad back’. I putt open, keep my upper body up a little more straight. I bend my knees & get my eyes over the ball etc… all my stuff is 2° up, and @ 35″ the center shaft mid-mallet and I were set up very well for a very square, almost no ‘arc’ putter stroke, so it stayed upright too.

    i was playing well. Mini-Tours, section events, Monday 4spots etc…but I had liprosy for years. 2 even 3 putts a round would hit the edge. It ceased to be ‘anecdotal’ and became a standing joke with the other guys; “Boy, if you ever get all thosr to drop”…etc… It cost me several big checks…

    In 2009 we bought the SAM Putt Lab system. While being trained how to use it and interpret the incredible data it produces… We had the loft good for my stroke but the report said I needed to be 3° FLAT – a net 5° change. No way anybody could’ve told me I needed anything flat.

    We bent the stick and I rolled 10/10 in the hole – FIRST TIME EVER (usually make 8, 9) on our (as flat as can be built) 12” putter fitting deck…I make more 8-16′ putts than ever.

    and……YES…..you gotta read the green & get the speed right….

    too late for my ‘mini-tour career’ but VERY eye-opening. Probably learned more from that singularly dedicated piece of tech than I do from Trackman

  3. desmond

    Sep 21, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Start with aiming a putter so it is aimed where you think you are aiming it – headshape, hosel, sightlines, and then go from there to weight, shaft, grip, counterbalancing.

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Breaking down The Challenge: Japan Skins—pros and cons for each player

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For the first time in over a decade, the PGA Tour will have a skins game event on its calendar, with Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, and Rory McIlroy participating in “The Challenge: Japan Skins.” With the abundance of star power in their foursome, here’s a quick look at why each of them may or may not walk away with the most skins at the end of their round.

Tiger Woods

PROS: The skins game system and exhibition match atmosphere will be a new experience for his competitors, but Woods has played in these types of events before. The excitement and pageantry from the event will be a familiar setting for him, and he may have an intimidation factor in his favor. The reigning Masters champion still can catch fire during a round, as well. For the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, his five-hole streak of scoring birdie or better during a single round was the longest such stretch among his fellow skins game participants. If he creates a similar streak on Monday, it may result in a profitable day on the course.

CONS: Tiger hasn’t played a competitive round in over two months, with his last start coming at the BMW Championship in mid-August. The competitive juices may take a while to get going, and coupled with his recent knee surgery, the rust on his game may be on full display.

Jason Day

PROS: With the skins game format rewarding aggressive play, Day will look to capitalize with his par-breaking ability. During the 2018-19 season, he made birdie or better on 22.9% of the holes he played. Additionally, he seems to like this time of the year; over the past couple of seasons, the Aussie has played very well in the month of October on the PGA Tour. In 2017 and 2018, his worst finish on the Asian swing of the schedule was T-11. He continued his good play in Asia with a T31 finish at The CJ Cup in South Korea this week.

CONS: While he a solid season on tour, it wasn’t to the same standard Day normally displays. He missed five cuts, the most times he missed weekend play since 2010. Prior to The CJ Cup, he missed the cut in two of his past four PGA Tour starts.

Hideki Matsuyama

PROS: Playing in his native Japan, Matsuyama looks to continue his great success in his home country. While he has enjoyed international success, he’s even better at home, with eight of his 14 professional wins coming in Japan. Additionally, Matsuyama can fill the scorecard with red numbers with the best of them. The Japanese star was third-best on the PGA Tour in total birdies during the 2018-19 campaign. His birdie barrages helped him finish tied-fifth for most sub-par rounds for the most recent season. Spurred on by his countrymen, the golfer representing the host nation will look to put on a show, and he has the firepower to do so.

CONS: The support of the crowd in Japan may be a double-edged sword, and the pressure to perform well may throw Matsuyama off his game. If the skins come to a putting contest, he will have the biggest challenge of all the competitors. His strokes-gained-putting statistic was the worst of all four competitors for the previous PGA Tour campaign.

Rory McIlroy

PROS: The reigning PGA Player of the Year may be the favorite on Monday. He played well throughout the season, with wins scattered throughout the calendar. His most recent play was hot, as he finished the campaign with a win at the Tour Championship. Among the leaders in nearly all the scoring categories, his competitors will have to be on top of their game to win skins from the Northern Irishman. McIlroy was the best on Tour in scoring average, helped by his making birdie or better on nearly 26% of all holes he played. His scoring average was even lower during later tee times, and with the finish to be set under floodlights, the bulk of the competition will occur during McIlroy’s favorite time of day.

CONS: Like Woods, this event will be McIlroy’s first since August. Not having played in nearly two months, coupled with this event being his first foray in an exhibition skins match, may be a disadvantage.

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Bogey Golf: Playing a round with pro

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Larry plays a round of golf with PGA Canada pro Evan Bowser. Evan teaches Larry a bunch of tips. We also discuss would you quit playing golf for 30 million dollars? and construct a Frankenstein’s monster to create the greatest golfer of all time.

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The 19th Hole Episode 97: The one with Butch Harmon

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The great Butch Harmon is was honored at the 2019 Houston Open, and he shares his experiences from a lifetime of golf with host Michael Williams, including what’s in the bag for the greatest teacher ever. Also features PGA Tour winner Troy Merritt talking about wining despite adversity and his work with Galvin Green golf apparel.

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