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Patrick Cantlay’s approach to his putter makes way too much sense

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In putting together Patrick Cantlay’s Shriners Hospitals for Children-winning bag, we didn’t have to make any updates to the “putter” section from what we had him gaming last year.

It turns out, there have been no updates in that department in the past seven years.

Golf Digest’s Mike Stachura spoke with the former No. 1 amateur about his Scotty Cameron flatstick, and he had some interesting things to say.

Cantlay said he prefers a particular look at address

“I wanted one with a thin topline, and it’s got one of the thinnest toplines around.”

He also indicated that he likes a slightly shorter putter.

“I can’t really tell you why [it’s 33 inches], I just feel comfortable with it, and I don’t feel like I’m going to change ever.”

And his approach to equipment switching is eminently sensible.

“When I do change, I’ll have practiced with it a bunch and really feel comfortable with it,” he said. “I’m not one to tinker with something in the middle of a tournament or even at the beginning of the week. I don’t understand that.”

“It’s the Indian, not the arrow,” Cantlay said. “You’ve got to take responsibility for it. It’s not the equipment, it’s me.”

Well played, Mr. Cantlay. Much has been made of what the Southern Californian has been through in recent years. Lost amid the biography-heavy stories, however, is Cantlay’s tournament-winning talent and pragmatic, analytic bend that will continue to serve him well.

Plus, “Patty’s” Cameron is a great looking putter. Hard to object to continuing to see it in WITB galleries.

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  1. Alan Bester

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    ““It’s the Indian, not the arrow,” Cantlay said. “You’ve got to take responsibility for it. It’s not the equipment, it’s me.”
    ———————
    We know that most recreational golfers are unathletic types who only practice putting at the practice green just before playing the course. The pros practice putting endlessly to find and retain that elusive ‘feel’ that wins on the greens.
    So why do rec golfers always search for the ‘best’ putter thinking that will improve their performance on the greens? And the putter companies create a plethora of fantastic putters to give the rec golfers futile hope that the putter will magically put the ball into the hole?
    If you can’t putt with a Bullseye or Cashin or 8802 style putter, nothing will rescue you from your incompetence. But wait, it’s so much fun sporting a new and improved putter for your WITB arsenal of clubs.

    • SK

      Nov 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      I think you just answered your own questions. Boys love toys, especially new toys.

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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