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Rickie Fowler sings the praises of slow greens. What do you think?

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Following his opening-round 64 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open yesterday, Rickie Fowler had some interesting remarks about his enjoyment of slower greens.

Writing for Golfweek, Geoff Shackelford mentioned Guillane “is playing firm and fast tee-to-fringe, the greens themselves are kept much slower than the typical European Tour course due to the possibility of high winds.”

Rickie Fowler, a past winner of the tournament, suggested slower greens may actually show who the better putters are.

“I think it’s kind of nice because (you) actually get to hit the putt, you’re not just trying to hit it to a spot and letting it work to the hole unless you have a downhill, downwind putt,” he said. ‘“You have to use your imagination as far as creativity and trying to judge how much the wind will affect it. At the end of the day, you just have to hit solid putts.”’

“Slower greens may accentuate a mis-hit putt more. Whereas if you have a downhill putt in the States you kind of just have to hit it to get it going. Here, you mis-hit it a little bit uphill, into the wind and it can be a pretty big difference.”

While Shackelford, advocate for rolling back the ball and against “firm and fast” that he is, saw great important in Fowler’s remarks, he’s not at all wrong to highlight them

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is it worth reading anything into Fowler’s remarks? Clearly, with current ball distances, pros would be shooting fish in a barrel with their approach shots on greens that stimp at nine or 10, right?

Let us know what you think!

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  1. Raj LP

    Jul 15, 2018 at 2:40 am

    THis is a great point. I am a 7 handicap and I tend to putt a LOT better on fast pure greens than slow pure ones. On fast greens, I can actually putt to a point and let it just roll in. On slow greens I actually have to think about getting it to the hole and a lot more goes into it.

  2. Kevin Arnold

    Jul 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Yes yes yes…..watching the USGA and the 15 stimp country club greens makes putting on pool tables more about luck and is so boring. It’s takes making a solid stroke out of the equation.

    Slow the greens down and make these actually hit putts on center of the face. Then watch them cringe about putts left short, instead of shaky hands scared to putt a 40 footer off the green and wacking it mid roll down the slope.

    • Noa Idea

      Jul 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Slow greens will speed up play — I’m a big fan!

  3. O

    Jul 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Not when the top players of the world consistently shoot 63s with that set up and laugh about how easy the course is!

    • Darryl

      Jul 16, 2018 at 5:38 am

      Winning score was 7 shots lower at the Deere Run.

  4. DB

    Jul 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Completely agree. Slow down the greens AND the fairways.

    I don’t enjoy seeing Putt-Putt trick greens where they tap the ball and it rolls 30 feet. I also am a little tired of seeing drives that run out 40-50 yards.

  5. David

    Jul 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I agree with Rickie. Slower greens also allow for pins to be put in positions with significantly more slope. It is very disconcerting to have a 4 footer on a slow green that you have to play a cup outside the hole sometimes.

    • Fingers

      Jul 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Totally. There is a course near me that keeps their greens on the fuzzy side and while fairly flat for the most part they all have a section that has a “subtle buried elephant”. When ever you have to deal with those it can get tricky, unnerving and can really mess with your head. They require you to put a good roll on the ball. I have seen many guys that stab putts really struggle when their ball jumps a few inches out of their desired line in the first 5-10′

  6. Roy

    Jul 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Yeah, sure, slow greens are fine …. as long as they’re rolled smooth, uniform, consistent, and full. Wait! Just about ANY green is good to putt on if they’re properly (read not cheaply) maintained. Meanwhile, these guys get to putt on the most pristine / consistent green surfaces on the planet. Would love to see how they handle the heat stressed Bent or Mini Verde Bermuda in the middle of the summer at my place. There can e 3+ Stemps difference and greens can be akin to putting on gravel roads at times. Wake me when corporate golf conpanies like Club Corp actually give a damn about their greens year round.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.16.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Stinger headcover giveaway from Robert Mark Golf.

SuperStroke now providing NCAA team grips.

How do you like this blacked out flat-stick from Olson Putter Co, WRXers?

Pretty lefty creation from Cushman Custom Golf.

Drew Harvie with a great shot of Mickelson National Golf Club near Calgary.

More sprinkle divot tools on the way today from Tyson Lamb.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s latest message to slow play critics: “Screw all y’all haters”

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Just a few of days after vowing to step up his attempts to improve his pace of play, a video has surfaced from this Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Medinah of DeChambeau defending his pace at last week’s event and attacking his critics.

The video which you can see here at the Twitter account @DMeyer06, appears to be taken on a fans Snapchat account, and within it DeChambeau states

“I was never on the clock last week, y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a fu**ing good time. So screw all y’all haters”

DeChambeau’s message in the Snapchat video looks to contradict the statement he posted to his Instagram account on Monday where he said

“I’m constantly trying to improve and I will do my very best to improve my pace.”

DeChambeau is currently in action at this week’s BMW Championship where he posted a score of 1 under par in his opening round.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.15.19)

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Tiger’s one-handed putting drill in action at Medinah.

Embrace Putter’s PXG Stormtrooper flat-stick up for grabs.

Would any WRXers dare putt with “The Gaijin” flat-stick?

Summer hotdog covers from Swag.

Stunning shot of Pinehurst Country Club courtesy of Channing Benjamin.

Sweet looking Trigonometric copper blade from GEOM Putters.

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