Monday, October 13

Limited-Edition Putter Helps Bae Win Open

SANG-MOON BAE RECENTLY SWITCHED PUTTERS while working on his game in Japan. The new flatstick was an expensive Odyssey model, but he did get Frys with it. (That was a sorry joke. My apologies.)'s Brendan Mohler reported:
Bae started using a limited edition Odyssey Damascus Grand Putter while practicing in Japan during his off weeks (his 2013-14 season ended after missing the cut at the Barclays). The 349-gram putter was one of 350 Japan-only models built, each of which cost $3,500. If you were lucky enough to snag one of these rare pieces, the putter came in a hand-crafted oak box with a leather headcover. The club itself features Damascus steel—a rare material that was often used in Middle Eastern swordmaking—and a black PVD finish.
Bae won the Open in Napa, the PGA Tour season opener, by making some key putts on Saturday and Sunday. In the above video, Bae eagles the par-4 17th hole in the third round by calmly sinking a six footer after a fortuitous drive. For the week, the 28-year-old South Korean was 18th in putts per green and tied for 42nd in strokes gained putting.

If you're not putting well, maybe you should switch to another putter, if only for awhile. Maybe you have a spare putter in your car trunk or garage.

As two-time Open winner Willie Park said long ago, "A man who can putt is a match for anyone."

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