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‘Should be banned’ – Major champ roasted for ‘painful’ AimPoint routine over 4-foot putt

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Ask a non-golf fan why they don’t follow the sport, and they’ll almost certainly say it’s too slow.

Take that as you will, but many of the current crop of players do seem to have strange and elongated pre-shot routines. Witness Brian Stuard’s constant gripping and re-gripping during the third round of the Honda Classic, and more recently, the bizarre putting routine by Keegan Bradley.

In yesterday’s first round-robin match against Jordan Spieth, the former PGA Championship winner was looking at a four-foot putt that deserved much attention.

However, what followed was a bizarre routine.

Using his version of AimPoint, a method of feeling the slope on the green, and then measuring the ’tilt’ with your fingers, Bradley placed his ball down ready to putt, before questioning himself and showcasing this routine:

Reaction on social media was nothing less than hostile.

Golf pundit Paige Spiranac called the routine “nightmare fuel”, and when Bradley missed the putt, feeling was summed up by one Twitter poster who posted: “Got all he deserved”, with another simply describing the clip as “painful.”

The method is used by a host of top class players, including Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose, whilst it wasn’t long ago that Spieth himself asked caddie, Michael Greller, to study the method in his search of finding ‘an edge’.

Whether or not the incident affected Bradley or Spieth was hard to spot but having led 1-up for the front nine, Bradley lost three holes down the back to be defeated by two.

In what has turned into a blockbuster group, Bradley plays Rose today, with Spieth aiming to beat another major champ in Adam Scott.

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  1. Pingback: ‘Guys just don’t give a s**t’ – Players hit out at fellow pros’ green habits – GolfWRX

  2. Yikes

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Having played college golf with this tool, he’s always done weird s*$t that was annoying af. He used to do this weird routine of tapping his chest and closing his eyes for a good 30 seconds to a minute before hitting shots in college. Then on the PGA Tour he spit and false-started a dozen times, now it’s this. I can’t understand how people actual root for this idiot.

  3. andrewJ

    Apr 11, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Since the USGA ban of Greens Books, we see more Pros greenreading by “foot feeling” which does NOT work EVERY putt proven here with Bradley and on TV EVERY week. Foot-feeling doesn’t work because it is NOT Math. There’s nothing about “feeling” in Algebra or Geometry or Trigonometry or Calculus, etc… What causes misreads, with apologies to the Eagles, is your Lying Eyes from Optical illusions on greens. Lying eyes won’t go away with Foot Feeling, or Staring, or Memory or from banned Greens books. But there is REAL greenreading MATH called EGOS that puts a visual gap right in front of your face for each putt that corrects your lying eyes. The P&SI-EGOS plays an important part in creating a precise visual gap for each putt. It’s designed as a Surveying Instrument. But you can use other putters, just don’t expect equivalent results. Yet other putters with EGOS will be better results than foot feeling.

  4. Mike

    Apr 8, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Aimpoint isn’t slow. The player is slow.

  5. Gordy3279

    Apr 6, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    46 seconds to read a putt..that is lighting fast on tour. Try playing with the human rain delay Patrick Cantlay.

  6. Golf has too much male fragility

    Apr 4, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Only in the Golfwrx comments section could an article about Keagan Bradley and slow play end up being an attach of Paige Spiranac.

  7. Paul Starr

    Apr 4, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Bradley is painful to watch on any shot. He more quirks than anyone out there.

  8. MICHAEL

    Apr 4, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Paige is a golf “pundit”? Way too much credit there. She’s a exhibitionist who’s a scratch golfer on the amateur level, no more. Wouldn’t be at all relevant except for her looks. Ain’t hating, that’s the fact, jack.

  9. Breegan Kadley

    Mar 31, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Keegan Bradley’s as crazy as a squirrel trapped in a porta john. Also, hey Paige, just show us your **** and shut up.

  10. ChipNRun

    Mar 30, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    AimPoint Express can be useful on strange course, especially one with a lot of irregular dips and rolls around the green.

    For me, AP is useful during allergy season when I have uneven pressure in the ears. Feeling slope with my feet helps me tell where it actually is.

    Two big benefits of AimPoint for quick use:
    * In individual play, it lessens chance of three putts.
    * In scrambles, I can usually help the team squeeze out a couple of extra 10-foot putts.

    Also, AP emphasizes being firm on putts under 5 feet – run it in vs. float it in and end up an inch short.

  11. Luke keefner

    Mar 29, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    European tour events seem to just switch the feed to another camera instead of watching bullshit like this.

  12. geohogan

    Mar 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

    There is no time limit on the Saudi tour.
    Individual freedom of expression is paramount, says MBS.
    Lots and lots of cash doesnt hurt either.

    See you on the other side, Keegan.

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  14. Richard Douglas

    Mar 26, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    “Pundit”? Yeah, sure.

    “What’s that, hon? The glitter? Oh, that’s from a PUNDIT!”

    Good luck with that one.

  15. Richard Douglas

    Mar 26, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    AimPoint isn’t inherently slower. In fact, it can lead to faster reads, which would quicken play.

    Some players are slow no matter which techniques they employ. Don’t blame AimPoint; blame the guy taking all that time.

  16. Paul Runyan

    Mar 25, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Paige should have her own show on Golf Channel!

    Of course it would have to be on rather late. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone looking to define what is a Woman….

  17. Justin

    Mar 25, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Nothing wrong with aim point. And obviously a tough putt as he is head and shoulders a better putter of anyone commenting. Actually pretty comical amateur golfers critiquing a pro. Like rory and bryson working out…or anything related to Tiger.

  18. sandtrap

    Mar 25, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    I think the video clearly shows him placing both of his feet within 3 inches either side of his line in 4x places while lining up! Not to mention walking up and down the length of it with a funky little pirouette only 6-8 inches from the hole itself.

  19. Old lefty 70

    Mar 25, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    All that time and still missed the putt!!!! I could have accomplished that in 3 seconds!!!?

    • Richard Douglas

      Mar 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Please let us know when you make millions of dollars doing it. Thanks!

  20. Mike

    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Sure glad Paige weighed in, probably drew upon her extensive LPGA experience.

  21. Johnny Penso

    Mar 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Golf pundit Paige Spiranac? I don’t think pundit means what you think it means.

  22. Stormbringer

    Mar 24, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Actually, for Bradley that was a quick routine. I could not play with the man and would have to turn away while he performed his rituals over any shot. 45 seconds not matter what to hit a shot once you are in place. This includes putting.

  23. Frank

    Mar 24, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Using your fingers when you’re standing behind the ball is okay kind of like if you want a plum ball that’s okay. But they should definitely not be allowed to walk down the line while straddling the line to the hole. While were talking about things that should be banned the line on the ball that’s used for lining up putting should be banned. Rules of golf no swing aids while playing. They won’t let you lay a club on the ground for your feet to point the way for your stance which obviously shouldn’t be allowed. To me that’s pretty close to the same thing as a line on your ball to point the way. While we’re at it let’s ban a line on the top of the putter head pointing the way.

  24. DB

    Mar 24, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Why would you care what Paige says? Golf pundit? She has nothing to do with golf.

    • Frank

      Mar 24, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Paige is selling T&A and odviously doing good at it. It’s just the way of the world.

  25. PJ

    Mar 24, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Honestly, should I encounter that during a casual round I would leave and go to the next tee.

  26. HR Fernández

    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:19 am

    The PGA Tour and the governing bodies do not care about slow play, that it is obvious.

    The bigger problem is how this garbage has made its way to amateur and recreational golf making ot even slower.

    • Paul

      Mar 24, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Agreed. The tour only cares about finishing at 6:00. The big problems is watching some 20 hdcp use this and other things they see pros doing. I watched a lady in the group in front of my use this and the line on her golf ball on all 5 putts she took on that hole!

    • Frank

      Mar 24, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Me too lol

    • Mel Drucker

      Mar 24, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      I was a pro for a few years so from experience I can tell you this. All the Governing bodies and the PGA, PGA European Tour and all the other tours care about is $$$$$$$$. Also from the talk on the PGA tour that’s what drives the a lot of players. I say that after hearing about how many are thinking about joining the Saudi Tour and taking there blood money. No tour should even sponsor and play an event in that country.

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  28. youraway

    Mar 24, 2022 at 9:16 am

    This insane waste of time and pounding down their line of putt must be stopped. I have three issues with the Rules (perhaps more) 1st players are now pounding down their putting line on greens in the name of repair, obvious cheating. 2nd If a player has 3-minutes to find their ball, then why are they allowing 6-minutes to decide where they will take relief, and perhaps anther 4-minutes to decide which shot they will play, all with their caddies running their mouths and 3rd of course, long delays in putting both by the players and caddies with these laborious green reading tactics.

    • Bro Kuchar

      Mar 25, 2022 at 11:17 am

      1. He never stood on our around his line. Never even close to it so he wasn’t ‘pounding’ down his line. 2. Newsflash, it’s legal to fix pitch marks, spike marks, and anything else on the green.

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LIV Pro has surprising reaction to sketch video roasting Saudi rebel stars

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Conor Moore, also known as @ConorSketches on Twitter has become well known for his excellent impressions of professional golfers. Most recently, he posted a sketch poking fun at the golfers who have joined the controversial LIV Golf series.

The scene depicts Brooks Koepka being introduced by Ian Poulter to the rest of the LIV Golf defectors.

Graeme McDowell, who’s also a LIV defector, saw the sketch on Twitter and had a surprising reaction. Although the sketch didn’t paint he and others in the best light, he complimented the sketch.

It’s good to see that McDowell has maintained his signature sense of humor through all of the criticism he’s faced in recent months.

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Brooks Koepka would probably like to wipe his previous LIV rant from the face of Earth

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Having blasted reporters at the US Open press conference for continually asking about the LIV Golf Series, Brooks Koepka yesterday jumped ship from the PGA Tour.

Just a week ago, Koepka hit out at the media coverage, saying:

“I don’t understand, I’m trying to focus on the U.S. Open, man. I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff.”

He continued, “I’m here at the US Open, I’m ready to play the U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”

At Riviera in 2020, however, Koepka commented on the rumblings of a Saudi-backed tour, saying that “money doesn’t matter” and that he just wants “to play against the best.”

“Money doesn’t matter. It’s not something that’s important. I just want to be happy. Money’s not going to make me happy. I just want to play against the best.

If somebody gave me $200 million tomorrow it’s not going to change my life. What am I going to get out of it? I already have [enough money] that I could retire right now, but I don’t want to. I just want to play golf.”

A few injuries later, a set of average results, including a pair of 55th place finishes at the last two majors and, no doubt, several substantial offers have led the world number 19 to accept a place at the LIV Golf Series.

With a reported $100 million-plus being paid to the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Koepka’s great rival, Bryson DeChambeau, it may be good to see these stars come out, as Peter Uihlein has, and admit it’s all for the money, whether the public thinks that’s right or otherwise.

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Max Homa hilariously breaks down LIV Golf negotiations

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On the day that Brooks Koepka confirmed golf’s worst-kept secret by joining the LIV Golf Series, and Collin Morikawa told us he pours milk before adding cereal, Twitter guru Max Homa decided to have a bit of fun at the rebel tour’s expense.

The World Number 23 has voiced his support for the PGA Tour over the past months, initially commenting at Riviera:

“What I do know about is the PGA Tour. I’ve played it for a little over a handful of years, and it’s created some really awesome memories for me. So at the moment I would say I’m pretty biased, I very much enjoy playing out here. I think they’ve done a great job of giving us an opportunity to compete for something we love. And if you do love money, too, we play for a lot of that out here, too. It’s not so bad.”

In May, the 32-year-old was asked what he knew of the offers made to then current PGA Tour players, and replied he knew “absolutely nothing about what’s going on”, while also adding that the blow-out and excessive media attention was “exhausting”.

Yesterday, he cranked it up a notch by following the lead from Rory McIlroy and suggesting it was all about money, and money only with a sly, but amusing tweet.

With LIV players Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson accepting huge amounts of money to join the Tour, this was a simple but effective tweet that may suggest the four-time PGA Tour winner has been approached several times. He would, after all, be a huge draw, with a recent win at the Wells Fargo, 11 made cuts in a row and over 400k Twitter followers.

For now, and after the PGA Tour confirmed several no-cut limited-field events, it looks like Max is staying with the crowd.

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