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The putters used by the top 10 in strokes gained: putting

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What do the PGA Tour’s best putters use to hole out in the fewest amount of strokes on Tour? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in strokes gained: putting on Tour are using by manufacturer.

  • Bobby Grace: 1
  • Odyssey/Toulon: 4
  • Ping: 1
  • Scotty Cameron: 2
  • TaylorMade: 2

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the SG:P leaders’ putters and grips.

10. Phil Mickelson

Putter: Odyssey Versa #9
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 3.0
Strokes gained: putting: .580

9. Patrick Rodgers

Putter: Toulon San Diego
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0
Strokes gained: putting: .596

8. Peter Malnati

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select Prototype
Grip: Scotty Cameron Full Cord
Strokes gained: putting: .619

7. Johnson Wagner

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Mid Slant
Grip: Dancing Cameron Full Cord
Strokes gained: putting: .623

6. Webb Simpson

Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line
Grip: Odyssey Arm Lock
Strokes gained: putting: .672

5. Alex Noren

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #1W
Grip: Odyssey Jumbo Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .682

4. Beau Hossler

Putter: Taylormade TP Ardmore 2
Grip: Taylormade Daddy Long Legs
Strokes gained: putting: .685

3. Daniel Summerhays

Putter: Ping Custom-Milled B60 Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Ultra Slim 1.0 Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .736

2. Greg Chalmers

Putter: Bobby Grace MacGregor V-Foil
Grip: Royal Pistol
Strokes gained: putting: .790

1. Jason Day

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Grip: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Grip (Winn Medalist)
Strokes gained: putting: .849

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  1. Brandon Miller

    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    A great list of what the top 10 putters in strokes gained use. But the major difference lies in the person putting the ball versus the equipment that the putter is using.

  2. Benny

    Nov 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Sure its a personal but you still have to know how to roll the rock. My only mention is these are mostly all mallets/mid mallets.

  3. Howard Clark

    Oct 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Women are better putters. Need their info.

  4. gunmetal

    Oct 22, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Just a general observation that about half of these guys struggled to keep their card. Good thing they could putt I suppose.

  5. Dave Bryce

    Oct 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Andy North won two US Opens with a putter he purchased out of the bargain barrel;it is personal preference more then any other club in the bag!

    • joro

      Oct 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

      When Gene Littler won the Open in I think 62 he got it from Al Abrego, the Pro at a Pitch and Putt course call Presidio Park in San Diego. It was an old Putter my Father in Law had traded for another Putter. Gene loved it and the rest is history.

  6. Joro

    Oct 20, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Some can and some can’t and it ain’t the Putter, It’s the Putee. And to be a good Putter you have to be putting for something other than Double Bogey, listening Phil? It is a bunch of Baloney!!!! I Putt just great with my 16 yr. old RIFE and not very good with my 350.Dollar Scotty. I also have an old C Groove that is better, so don’t fall for marketing when you should fall for what works, not what is in your bag to impress.

  7. Tiger Noods

    Oct 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    A real case of causation doesn’t equal correlation.

  8. Tom54

    Oct 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Forget the make of putters or the grip they use,how about Webb Simpson making the list at all having to go away from the long putter. That is quite an accomplishment I do believe. To you,Adam Scott keep trying. It can be done.

  9. shawn

    Oct 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Well that proves it… Odyssey/Toulon putters are the best !!!!!

  10. sailfishchris

    Oct 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Great! I have a lot of putters to sell. I don’t have any on the list! LOL!

  11. Jerry Updike

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    So, basically, find what works for you and go with it.

  12. big jones

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Bobby Grace is loving this.

    • John

      Oct 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      The grace v-foil is the best MOI putter of all time.
      Bravo Bobby, bravo, you dean of American putter makers.

  13. Tonda Davis

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Where are the LPGA winners?

    • Chase Goppy

      Oct 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Who cares?

    • MikeD

      Oct 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Great queston. The top putters on the LPGA tour may be better than the men. Their choice of equipment would be very interesting.

  14. Brad

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:53 am

    It would be helpful to also list what grip style (lead-hand low, claw, arm-lock, etc.) they use as well

  15. Carl F Streeter

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Reeseo putter, invented by the late Sandy Reeso, is as good as they get. Hard to find but worth the effort.

  16. moses

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I love this place. Blame the equiipment. 🙂

  17. Clint

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

    welp, here I am now buying an Odyssey Arm Lock putter

  18. dat

    Oct 19, 2018 at 8:38 am

    different strokes for different folks

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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WRX Spotlight: Ping Moonlite

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Dear stand bag,

I love you, I really do. I appreciate all of your features; your wide top, 9 pockets, and your ability to so easily fit on a riding or push cart when needed. But sometimes I need a break, sometimes it feels like even after a whole day spent together we really didn’t get the opportunity to know each other. You do a great job carrying my clubs, but depending on the day & course some of those clubs didn’t even get to enjoy a single swing – they were literally just along for the ride. That’s why I want to let you know that we’re going to have to take a break once & a while, you know, for me to get back to my roots. Sorry stand, it’s not you, it’s me.

I just got a Ping Moonlite.

 

Dramatic, and silly? YES. Honest? You bet!

Weighing in at around two pounds with a double strap, and with enough room for 14 clubs, the Moonlite is a walker’s dream bag. Even at its small streamlined size, the Moonlite is no pushover — in fact, the main strap on the bag is designed to stand up and make it easier to pick it up and get back on your shoulder (Ping thinks of everything). Unlike many of the minimalist bags on the market Ping’s focus is on technology, problem solving, and ease of use – which is essentially their entire design ethos anyway. Everything you need and nothing to weigh it down.

Not to take away from other minimalist bags on the market but coming in at only $100 its also far and away the best value you’re going to find. Not to say other minimalist bags from specialty manufacturers don’t offer something both functional and unique – because they do! But it’s a bit like comparing a well designed extremely functional nylon backpack to a Gucci bag, they hold the same stuff but send two very different messages. When talking about function, features, technology, and value, the Ping is the king of that category — and it’s not even close.

Speaking to the features the MoonLite has a nice list of them to make carrying a breeze

  • 2 Way Top
  • 4 Pockets
  • 10L pocket volume
  • Ergonomic straps
  • Water-resistant valuables / phone pouch
  • Ball, apparel, & water bottle pockets
  • Holds 14 clubs ( with standard and midsized grips easily )
  • Water-resistant belly to keep clubs and grips dry on wet dewy mornings

Water-resistant Valuables pouch

Main storage pocket with extra divider

Secondary strap mechanism – engaged

Secondary Strap removed in seconds – it’s that easy.

My personal stance is that given the opportunity, I would use this bag as my “gamer,” but thanks to some shoulder issues that flare up from time to time (thanks a lot, hockey), I split between the Moonlite and a normal structured stand bag for my push cart (official #PUSHCARTMAFIA team member). The Moonlite easily holds 14 clubs and a few extra shafts (strictly for WRX testing purposes), but I primarily use it when carrying nine clubs or fewer during the afternoon rounds or when I know I’m headed to a shorter course. I like the water-resistant pocket and the easy-to-use system to convert the bag to single strap. As a walker and someone that has a big appreciation for minimalist golf and the <14 clubs movement, this is truly what I want in a “Sunday” style carry bag.

 

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