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Xander Schauffele switches to armlock putter…despite wanting the method banned

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Xander Schauffele has made a significant putting switch this week at Murfield Village, implementing the armlock method on the greens — a technique he feels should be banned.

The Californian is statistically one of the best putters on Tour and ranks ninth this season for strokes gained: putting. However, in a surprising move, he has now decided to move to an armlock version of his regular putter (Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red) in search of more advantage.

On Thursday, Schauffele told media following his opening round that it’s still a method he believes should be banned on Tour despite the change.

“My putting coach (Derek Uyeda), my whole team honestly, we’re very against change and I had to see what the craze was about. I do feel funny, obviously being a top-10 putter on Tour, switching putters or the style of putting. It’s a distinct advantage.

“I am for banning the armlock putters, but if everyone else is going to use it and I feel like they have a bigger advantage, I may as well do the same.”

The change worked to great effect in round one at the Memorial. Schauffele needed just 28 putts during his opening round of 68, and after his round, the Californian explained his new process on the greens.

“It’s easier; it’s more consistent. My coach and I work a lot in San Diego on start lines and making sure the ball’s doing what we think it’s doing. And the fact that [the putter] is anchored to your arm…you can flinch in your hands, but you can’t flinch your entire left arm. So that’s the process behind that.”

Despite the change in process, Schauffele still believes that the game’s authorities should ban the armlock method, saying how it “takes the stress of putting out of the game”.

“It takes the stress of putting out of the game. Putting is so stressful. Obviously hitting shots and chipping and all kinds of stuff are difficult, but your putts are what give you the score on the card. It’s ruined a lot of people’s careers and it’s helped people’s career.

“So I think putting is an art in our game and when you lock it to your arm or anchor it to your body, it kind of gets rid of that.”

As for putting goals, Schaufelle has set himself a big target of ending the season ranked number one in Strokes Gained: Putting, a goal he feels he can reach now with the armlock technique.

“I know how good it can be and I think you still have to read putts and get the speed down correct. I’m in a very similar setup compared to my old putter and I know I can putt with a shorter putter, so I figured if I can get an advantage on the greens, and maybe get to first in putting, that would be something special. So I’m going to give it a go.”

Xander Schauffele putter specs

  • Model: Odyssey Wrist Lock #7
  • Length: 38 inches
  • Loft: 5.5 degrees
  • Lie: 71.5 degrees
  • Shaft: Black stepped shaft
  • Grip: WristLock SuperStroke
  • Insert: White Hot
  • Alignment aids: Top and tracers in white
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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

7 Comments

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  1. Bing

    Jun 6, 2021 at 9:45 am

    38 inch arm lock? He must be pretty short…

  2. Imafitter

    Jun 5, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I’ve tried Bettinardi & Ping arm-lock, but can’t make them work for me. Too uncomfortable.

  3. Chuck Swift

    Jun 4, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    @BillyBob…….that paragraph is beautiful! Can’t help but think of Chris Farley saying those exact words on SNL, followed with a

    LadeeFreakin’DAH!!

  4. Lyle

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Typical hypocrisy. When something innovative comes along they look to change the rules to get rid of it. They want to eliminate something that helps golfers play better and enjoy the game. There intent is to damage, as much as possible, the success of others.
    Having used armlock since the mid eighties, I can attest that one is still able to flinch. It’s not a superior method, just helpful for some.

    • Jake

      Jun 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Golf is supposed to be hard. Get over it or take up bowling w/ bumpers.

  5. Gregory

    Jun 4, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Kinda awesome he backed up his statement by playing it. All these guys say how it’s soooo much better, it’s easier, it’s basically cheating etc. so why don’t you do it while it’s legal?

  6. BillyBob

    Jun 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Cant flinch entire left arm??? Shoot i know people that can (myself included) flinch left arm, leg, hip AND right kankle all at the same time over a 3 footer on 18 for 2nd in the C flight championship.

    Hey if you cant beat em, join em then rob em blind right under their nose amirite???

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