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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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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

Watch below (or click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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