08 July, 2011
Watching a PGA pro sink putt after putt in a big tournament probably leads you to admire his skill, but it might also cause you to wonder about the putter he's using to get such great results. After all, if equipment makes as much difference as people are led to believe, getting the same putter that tour players use could certainly help.
Renowned putter designer Scotty Cameron produces some of the most frequently used models on the PGA tour. Players such as Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott have used Cameron's putters on their way to multiples tournament wins, according to PGATour.com. Golfers committed to Scotty Cameron putters appreciate the fact that Cameron focuses on even the smallest details to fashion putter specs that match the needs of any given individual. Most of the Cameron models available to the public run about $300.
Odysseygolf.com reported proudly in the wake of Phil Mickelson's April 2010 Masters victory that he used a custom-made Odyssey putter to snag the win. A couple of months later, Odyssey claimed another accomplishment for their putters: Graeme McDowell's win at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach using their Odyssey White Hot #7. Ernie Els and Stuart Appleby, both highly respected pros, also won in 2010 using Odyssey products. Odyssey's putters come in a little less expensive than Cameron putters, ranging from $100 to $300.
Ping provides putters to a number of touring pros as well. Martin Kaymer, winner of the 2010 PGA Championship, uses TaylorMade products for all clubs aside from the putter. The putter Kaymer used in that tournament, the Ping Karsten Series Anser 2, finds great favor among tour players such as Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, according to Golfweek.com. Golfweek also points out that players under contract to Ping are required to use Ping putters, unlike most other club manufacturers who allow their players to choose from different companies.
Long putters, featuring shafts that extend up as high as a player's bellybutton or sternum, have become popular among certain touring pros, especially seniors. Carl Petersson, Kevin Stadler and Tim Clark all use the long putter on the regular tour, while Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer put them in play on the senior circuit. According to TheLongPutter.com, players who use the long putter prefer the sweeping motion it brings to the stroke, taking the hands and wrists out of the equation.
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