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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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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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