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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 (4.19.19)

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Tommy Fleetwood gaming the VTS Black shaft for this week’s RBC Heritage.

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Masters champions dinner from another era?

Putter cover party.

This Scotty Cameron restoration job from JSD Golf Art Work looks to be going very well indeed.

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Very cool looking hat from Golf Sub70.

A photo which has caused a little stir on social media. Any thoughts, WRXers?

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Torched copper blade from Geom Putters.

Dormie Workshop and Dunning Golf going all out on the creativity front.

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Distinct looking work on this wedge from Impact Golf.

Bravery in the bunker from TJ!

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“Pure Land O’ Lakes buttery goodness” I like it.

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How about this patchwork from Swag Golf? Sixteen different headcovers rolled into one.

Sharp looking flame-painted copper tour blade from GEOM Putters.

Selection of cool looking custom ball markers and divots tools.

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