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How does Lexi Thompson solve her putting woes? – GolfWRXers discuss

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At the LPGA Pelican Championship, Lexi Thompson suffered a putting meltdown in the closing stages for an all too familiar crushing loss.

The 26-year-old held a two-shot lead with two to play on Sunday before missing a 3-foot putt for par on 17 and then a 4-foot putt for the win on 18. Lexi then stuck her approach on the first playoff hole to 5-feet but missed yet again to hand the trophy to the World Number One, Nelly Korda.

In our forums, our members have been discussing potential ways for Lexi to overcome her demons on the greens and to cash in on her incredible tee-to-green game.

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.

  • KBong: “I think the nervous stress on an important putt is just too difficult for her to overcome. I really don’t know what she can do to overcome this. Unfortunately, it’s a weakness she’ll never be rid of.”
  • Anser85029: “Simply eliminate the practice stroke.”
  • SEP1006: “Yeah, I really feel for her. Getting to be where she is mentally scarred and will never get over it. If she could putt she would dominate the LPGA. I agree with the post above, though. Get rid of the practice stroke!!”
  • TheDominator273: “Armlock.”

Entire Thread: “How does Lexi Thompson solve her putting demons?

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

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  1. Pingback: Lexi Thompson staying positive after recently making big putting adjustment – GolfWRX

  2. Brian

    Nov 17, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Lexi is not a “bad” putter, she had a set back just like anyone else. Unfortunately for her it came at a time when the world was watching and not a Thursday/Friday afternoon where nobody takes notice.

    Her game is in great shape and she’ll work on what she needs to. Everyday she’ll strive to improve just like every other World Class Player.

  3. Vas

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Armlock or Broomstick. Why continue to fight something that you have so much scarring from? Do something that feels totally different.

  4. Jim

    Nov 17, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Go see Brad Faxon. She has to not make the putt life or death important. I recommend she pick a spot a few inches in front of ball and make her sole goal to roll the putt over that spot, that is all she can control line wise. If she picked the right spot with good speed the putt will go in. They all don’t but if you hit your spot you have hit a great putt!

  5. G

    Nov 17, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Pretty obvious to switch to armlock and get the in depth dive from teammate Bryson.

  6. RAY

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:36 am

    armlock

  7. David

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Lexi should contact David Kargetta, the Putting Engineer. And maybe should consider his putter design.
    Or simply putt the short putts with her eyes closed. Eyes closed blocks out the world and allows a free-flowing putt motion, totally repeatable.
    I hope she will do these 2 things.

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‘He can think whatever he wants’ – Brooks Koepka responds to McIlroy’s duplicitous claim

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From popular four-time major winner to “full villain”, Brooks Koepka has certainly not held back with his view on moving full-time to the LIV Tour.

At the US Open, he lambasted reporters for asking questions about the league, saying he simply wanted to concentrate on his golf at Brookline, and yet soon after he deleted any connection to the PGA Tour from his Twitter account, prompting Rory McIlroy to call the group of rebels “duplicitous.”

Following yesterday’s LIV press conference, social media, and Twitter in particular, has gone haywire.

No Laying Up reports on the Koepka’s comment, “You guys will never believe me, but we never even had the conversation (on LIV) until after the U.S. Open,”  and questions, “So the conversation *began* on Monday, June 20, and his twitter profile was scrubbed the same day?”

Why has Koepka agreed to join the LIV series as opposed to staying with the PGA Tour?

“Having more breaks, having … more time at home to make sure I’m 100% before I go play an event. I don’t feel like I’m forced to play right away.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Brooks has “played 10 days of golf in three months.”

As for his response to Rory’s comments, Koepka does show some respect for play of the recent Canadian Open champion, if not his views.

“Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it (the “duplicitous” comment). I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.

So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and like I said, opinions change.”

Bob Irving, the ‘voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wasn’t shy in giving his view on the presser:  

“Just watched the LIV pressers with Perez, Reed, Koepka, who basically all said they’re glad they don’t have to COMPETE for their money anymore because so many millions are GUARANTEED by the Saudis. What a bunch of losers.”

The second LIV event starts tomorrow at Pumpkin Bridge, Portland opposite the John Deere Classic and Irish Open, and the controversy looks as if it’s not going to die down quite yet.
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LIV stars give bizarre non-answer to Chamblee’s prize money claim before moderator steps in

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There has been much debate in regard to whether the LIV Golf Series players get to keep their prize money, or if the tournament winnings come out of their signing bonus.

The rumblings began when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee claimed that Charl Schwartzel “didn’t actually win 4.7 million for his victory at LIV Golf’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

 

(Note: This tweet has now been deleted by Chamblee)

Former Tour caddie Michael Collins responded to Chamblee’s claim, stating that he was lying about the subject.

On Tuesday’s pre-tournament press conference for LIV Golf Portland, Brooks Koepka was asked to clarify whether or not the prize money was in addition to the signing bonus, strangely responding “I don’t know — it’s irrelevant”

Q. It’s been reported by people that there is a — your signing bonuses versus the draw, meaning what you win comes out of your signing bonus or vice versa. That’s supposedly in your guys’ contracts. Can you confirm if that’s actually true or not?

Koepka: That’s not — no. No.

Q. Just to confirm, Brooks, you’re saying it’s not the case?

Koepka: No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.

Q. Okay. And the rest of you guys?

Perez: (Shook head).

Q. The only reason I ask you is because both Keith Pelley, Jay Monahan and you can name other people keep saying that we’re miss- reporting stuff all the time, and the reason is is because every time we ask a question we can’t get answers or people don’t want to talk about the specific issues. That’s why I’m asking.

Koepka: I heard that rumor on Monday morning at the U.S. Open. I also heard I was in London on Saturday or Sunday before. I mean, that was on Monday. Just saying. You can’t believe everything you hear.

After that the contentious exchange, the moderator entered the conversation to clarify the answer while telling the three LIV players they should know since it’s in their contract.

Moderator: I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts. The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances.

Perez: Chamblee was banging that drum the other day.

Moderator: We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.

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Pat Perez shuts down reporter with ultra blunt response at LIV presser

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Whilst golfers are never meant to be politicians, the furore over the LIV Golf Series has meant players’ press conferences have created one hell of an uproar on social media.

From Phil’s infamous comments to Rory’s disappointment over ‘duplicitous’ players, from the USGA permitting LIV players into the PGA Championship to the most recent alliance between the PGA and DP World tours, press conferences and releases continue to go back and forth. Words are important.

With just two days to go to the start of the second LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, a LIV presser involving Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed has grabbed the headlines.

After mentioning the “club players that have resigned” and the “9/11 survivors” who have protested against the Saudi involvement in golf, a reporter asked new recruits Perez and Koepka, “whether golfers should be participating in this?”

He continued, “Do you have any comments that you are supporting a country with a really bad human rights?”

Perez bluntly states, “No.”

Asked to explain, he is blunt in his response.

“I’m playing golf. This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule. That’s my only concern.”

To silence, the 46-year-old perhaps realizes the effect of his initial statement.

“So yeah, I understand the topic you are trying to bring up and the horrible events but…I’m here to play golf. That’s my job.”

Again, a moment of silence before four-time major champion, Kopeka, speaks:

“Pretty much spot on what Pat said – same thing. I mean we’re here to play golf – we’re excited about it. We’re going to put on the best show we can put on and hopefully one of us is up here on Saturday with the win.”

As Porter says on his tweet, an “incredible answer.”

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