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Inbee Park on why she’s the best putter in the world from 10-15 feet

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Inbee Park has long been considered one of the best putters in the game, and thanks to a study delving into the stats on the LPGA Tour, the South Korean could well be the undisputed best putter in the world.

According to LPGA stats, which are compiled through KMPG Performance Insights, Park has a stunning conversion rate of 64% on putts from 10-15 feet. To put that into context, PGA Tour golfers make around 30% of putts from that range, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

So just why is Inbee so deadly from that range? Well, according to the 7-time major champion, it’s all to do with the mind.

“I heard about the stats, and I wasn’t surprised, because I always kind of felt a lot more comfortable putting 10 to 15 feet than like 6 to 8 feet or 5 to 7 feet.

I heard the percentage is higher to make the 10- to 15-footer. I think this really comes down to the mind. I feel a lot more relaxed doing 10- to 15-footer where I don’t have to make the putt, right? It’s usually less than half of the percentage that I’m going to miss. 

So, but like 3 to 5, 7 feet, you know, I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself, so maybe that’s why the percentages are lower. That’s the game I’m trying to get.”

Last week, So Yeon Ryu told media that Park’s exceptional putting comes down to her trusting the process of hitting the line with the correct speed and is less hung up about whether or not the putt drops. A theory which Park confirmed this week.

“Yeah, I think (Ryu’s) pretty dead correct on that one. On the greens, there are some many variables that you have to take into account. It’s just hard to think about everything. There are so many things happening on the way to the hole. … (after) the ball goes off the clubface there is nothing I can do. I’m just trying to put the right speed, the right line, and that’s pretty much all I can do.”

Park is back in action this week at the Founders Cup, and you can check out her putting prowess when she tees off Thursday at 12.39 p.m ET.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Pingback: Scotty Cameron putter sells for just over a dollar – GolfWRX

  2. Garth

    Oct 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    The greens she puts on week in and week out are not as tough as the PGA tour in speed and contour… less tougher courses for the girls

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Will Zalatoris condemns former mentor’s X-Rated attack on NBC pair

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After Will Zalatoris won his first ever PGA TOUR event in dramatic fashion, his former mentor Scott Fawcett took to Twitter to criticize NBC’s broadcasting team.

Fawcett’s tweets (now deleted) were directed at Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon, who made a few comments about Zalatoris’ putting stroke that Fawcett took exception to.

The comments were captured and slammed by Justin Thomas, and reader beware, they feature plenty of expletives.

Fawcett was a coach of Zalatoris’ in his junior playing days and caddied for him when he won the 2014 Junior Amateur Championship.

The next day, Fawcett went on The Loop podcast and defended his comments.

“Find me a single tour player that has met me in person that says I’m not a good guy and does all I can to help them. Go find me one, I’ll give you $1 million.”

Despite Zalatoris’ previous relationship with Fawcett, he made it clear on ‘Golf Today’ on Wednesday, that he does not support the comments made attacking Hicks and Faxon.

“Scott Fawcett is not a paid member of my team. I in no way condone or support anything that was said in those tweets. I personally reached out to Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon and echoed that I don’t condone what he said. Any interviews he’s given have been unauthorized.

He has tried to reach out to me and I have not spoken to him. I’m thankful to him for everything he helped me with in the ups and downs in junior golf but those statements are not a reflection of my values or me.”

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Report: Draft copy of LIV contract reveals fascinating key details

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Amongst the many controversies and stories surrounding the LIV Golf Series, the contract details have been a constant subject of scrutiny.

Two months ago, renowned analyst Brandel Chamblee claimed that LIV prize money was counted against the signing bonus. This claim was then refuted by the winner of the opening event of the breakaway tour, Charl Schwartzel.

Fast forward to last week’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, and a LIV attorney appeared to let slip that money won in tournaments was “recouped against the LIV contract.” A comment which prompted the LIV COO to issue a memo to clear up the confusion saying, “Prize money is of course separate from the contractual monies that players earn. As you already know, prize money is not subtracted from a player’s contractual earnings.”

While the talk about what is and what isn’t true when it comes to LIV prize money rumbles on, a draft contract obtained by the Wall Street Journal has shone a light on many different aspects of the restrictions, expectations and bonuses expected and available to new players of the Saudi-backed Tour.

Per the WSJ, “it isn’t clear whether such terms are included in all LIV contracts or can be negotiated by individual players,” but here’s a rundown of the key details on the draft LIV contract, which includes a hefty bonus for any major championship win: 

  • Players are supposed to wear LIV apparel, even when playing in non-LIV events.
  • Players are instructed to refrain from giving interviews without approval.
  • Players agree to assist in recruiting other players to LIV, when requested.
  • Players need approval for most of the logos they wear and branded products, such as coffee mugs that they use at events. 
  • Players are awarded a $1 million bonus for winning any of golf’s four major championships. 

Per the report, a federal court judge is expected to rule on a motion by the Tour to unseal the LIV contracts this week, meaning more should be revealed soon.

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Kyle Berkshire smashes ball speed world record…again

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Kyle Berkshire, two-time winner of the World Long Drive Championship, has blown away his previous ball speed record, now setting the bar at an eye-popping 236mph.

Put into perspective, Cameron Champ, current leader of the ‘ball speed’ averages on the PGA Tour, can muster an average of 188.94mph through 56 rounds, his fastest figure being 194.64mph. Whilst driving it on the course is completely different to a wild slash, Berkshire remains over 41mph faster.

Filming alongside fellow 2021 Long Drive competitor and host for the day, Bryson DeChambeau, the pair were providing content for pro golf net supplier The Net Return when Berkshire hit the new unofficial record.

Having warmed up with figures in the DeChambeau region of 220, the Foresight GCQuad recorded his first few shots at between 230 and 232mph.

And then the big one.

Broadcast live on his Instagram account, Berkshire was confident he could reach 235mph, itself a record – “100 percent I can do it.”

He then did.

With a 5.5? Cobra LTDx LS driver in hand, Berkshire stopped the speedo at the record 236mph, with his host seemingly more excited than the player himself.

 

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The comments on his social media show that the distance travelled may have been incorrect – ” plenty will point out that “it only carried 291 yards” (this is due to a misread on spin… at these speeds spin is very hard to pick up when the ball only travels a short distance)” – but as the camera pans down to the screen, it clearly indicates the stunning figure.

Addressing those of his 191k followers that may have watched live, or will see the clip, Berkshire commented, “the fact is when you spend your life doing what you’re passionate about, it brings about a special feeling of happiness and satisfaction with life. This is how I feel about the sport of long drive (and breaking speed records/pushing limits) and I hope everybody reading this finds their passion in life and takes it as far as they can ????.”

Having abandoned his idea of getting a PGA Tour card, Berkshire is currently miles clear in the 2022 Professional Long Drivers Association standings, and will start a red-hot favourite for the world championships at the end of September.

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