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Paul Casey hilariously roasts commenters about his Scotty Cameron putter weight

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It’s not everyday that PGA Tour players call out Internet commenters on their wrong takes. Well, that is until you start speculating about Paul Casey’s putter, I guess.

After GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore posted photos of Paul Casey’s new Scotty Cameron putter, GolfWRX members and Instagram commenters began theorizing about why there was a weight plug in the heel. There seemed to be a general consensus that Casey was trying to remove weight to make the heel section lighter.

Ahead of the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, I caught up with Casey to explain exactly what’s going on.

Before we get to his response, first a bit of the backstory.

Before the weight (on the top), and after.

For years, Casey had been using the same Scotty Cameron GSS Proto putter, with a smooth sole. In 2022, however, Casey started using a very similar looking Scotty Cameron GSS Proto putter, except this one had a weight plug added to the heel. This led commenters to speculate on the reason for the added weight plug.

The only problem is, they were wrong.

When I cornered Casey at the WGC Dell-Technologies Match Play to get his take on the matter, he had already seen the posts and he was seemingly just waiting to respond. Here’s what he had to say…

“People have no idea, it’s quite funny. I read a post the other day, some guy claiming he knew what was going on.

There’s a post on there, the guy is like, ‘Oh, he drilled it out and he removed weight from the heel.’ 

First of all, no.

So what you got to remember is – go ask Scotty – every time you see a plug, it’s adding weight, it’s not removing weight. If you remove weight, you just grind it off. You never see it. To remove weight, you just shave the bottom.

So that plug is… he drilled a hole. You lose about 6 grams. That plug is about 12-13 grams. That gives you about a net gain of about 6-7 grams. Adding the weight to the heel is like adding weight to the heel of a driver. It makes the toe lighter, and it makes the toe faster. In other words, it makes the putter rotate more.

My tendency through the years, and why I went cross handed a while ago, is that I tend to – I don’t shut the blade going back, but it’s probably shut to the path. I don’t rotate the putter. I don’t open the putter as much as I’d like to. So that weight in the heel and lightening the toe allows the putter to rotate better… Look, everybody’s an expert, but I know why I did it.”

Additionally, ahead of The 2022 Players Championship, Casey also added a dot to the topline of his putter, whereas his previous putter had a blank topline with no alignment markings.

According to Casey, after he posted an Instagram video of his putting stroke in February, he noticed that he was aligning the golf ball too much on the toe of his putter. After watching the video back, he realized that he needed to add a dot to the top. 

Before the dot (on the left) and after.

“There’s an Instagram post I put out probably the beginning of the year in February or something like that. I was just doing some gate work, and I was filming my putter from behind. I didn’t notice until I actually put the post out that I was setting up with the ball toward the toe, which is a habit of mine that I’ve had for awhile. You can see it’s on the toe.

“I didn’t notice until I put it out there. I said it’s too much towards the toe. So I just went with the dot. I don’t like a line on the putter. The dot is just nice and simple because then it gets the ball in the sweet spot…everything else stayed the same. Same loft, same lie, same grip. Same stampings. The weight appeared at the beginning of the year, and then the dot appeared the week of The Players. I asked for it three or four weeks before, but sometimes it takes time.

My existing putter has a little Sharpie dot on the top and I practice with it (laughs). I just put a black Sharpie dot. It’s in the locker right now with a black Sharpie on top. The one I’m using now has an official dot.

We just put it on there to see what it would look like. You can always get some acetone and wipe it off.”

And there you have it. There’s no better source for why Paul Casey made changes to his putter than Paul Casey himself. It’ll be interesting to see if any commenters dare correct Casey on this one.

It should also be noted that the switch worked, since Casey finished 3rd at The Players (and won $1.38 million).

To join in on the forum thread about Casey’s new Scotty Cameron putter, click here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  3. Todd Dugan

    Mar 25, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Adding weigh to the heel simply moves the center of gravity closer to the heel. It does not make the toe rotate faster. That is a myth. Its always explained that that’s how movable weight technology works. Its not. By moving the CG on a wood, you’re playing with gear effect. That sight dot is probably a hair off now too.

    • Jonathan

      Mar 27, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      You are exactly right. But if Paul Casey has fooled himself into thinking it will help his putting good for him.

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  5. DG

    Mar 25, 2022 at 9:44 am

    This validates the ridiculous thoughts about “toe hang”. Casey is correct. It’s simple physics. If the toe is lighter (or the heel is heavier), then it speeds the toe up allowing for the head to more easily release through impact during the stroke. Putters that have more “toe hang” do the exact opposite, contrary to what the public has been led to believe.

    • Jonathan

      Mar 27, 2022 at 8:31 pm

      Prove it on a SAM puttlab. You can’t because the theory is garbage.

  6. Rawer

    Mar 24, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    GSS or SSS putter?

  7. BJ

    Mar 23, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    i love it… he’s on here and just laughs at everyone on here. Bob in particular lol

  8. Bob

    Mar 23, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Lame vs. lame. Lame.

  9. Ricky Bobby

    Mar 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    3rd? If you ain’t first, you’re last.

  10. El Culebrón es King

    Mar 23, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    GWRX has so many geniuses, lol….

    • gwrxmods daddy

      Mar 24, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      Gwrxmod?? is that you?????? how did you drag yourself out of your cave if you dont have a spine???

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company closes down after pandemic struggles

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has confirmed that the business is no longer active after closing its doors last Friday, July 22, 2022.

The company enjoyed a re-inception in 2017, which included its majority shareholder and Manager of the Board for the BHGEC, Ex Works Capital, LLC, acting as the company’s primary source of funding.

However, according to BHGEQ’s CEO and President Scott White, after their investment portfolio was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the shareholder ceased providing financial support to BHGEC in late 2020.

In an email to GolfWRX, White stated:

“I am very proud of what we accomplished at the Company over the last few years. We had a great team and produced some excellent products that we think would have made Mr. Hogan proud. We were simply underfunded and couldn’t pursue a lot of the more expensive initiatives that would have accelerated our growth.”

Per White, after understanding that they could not provide the capital to the BHGEC to fuel continued growth, ExWorks Capital began a sales process (managed by Chiron Financial Investment Bank) in mid-2021 to identify new investors and/or sources of funding. This process was mostly unsuccessful for several reasons, and ExWorks Financial filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2022.

Despite this, White added that BHGEC was mostly self-sufficient in 2021 and enjoyed its best year ever since pivoting to its DTC business model in 2017. Per White, the average revenue growth rate (2017 – 2022) was over 46.3%, while the company was break even at an operating level in 2021 and would have achieved (and surpassed) profitability targets if not for supply and financial constraints.

The website is still currently operating but features a banner noting that it is “unable to process orders.” While the company closed last Friday, White revealed in the email that he hoped it wouldn’t be permanent but added that it might well be.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (7/26/22): Ping PLD Anser putter

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Anser putter.

From the seller (@Need4spd): “PING PLD Anser. $400. Plays 33.75”. Stock PING grip. Dead stock specs. Purchased new by me and used for 4-5 rounds. Original headcover included.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Anser putter

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Ben Cook WITB 2022 (July)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (8 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie, B1)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 Prototype 75 6.5

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Small Batch 80 6.5

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (19 degrees @ 18.25 degrees, 0.75 degrees flat, C1)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec 8 X

Irons: Titleist T100s (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @ 45 degrees, 50-08F), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-10S @ 55 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-V)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 S

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Align

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