As an older hacker on the golf course I can tell you the difference between an 81-82 on your score card, and an 87-88 can usually be traced back to some putts where you either read the break wrong, hit a dying quail up there, or had a couple that just wouldn’t drop. I know, I’ve been there!
I have always been an average putter, and have putted with a PING Pal 4 for the last 15 years which was given to me by an old friend. A couple of years ago, I added one of the over-sized grips which have become popular, and was completely happy with the club.
After buying new set of Adams V3 irons to replace the set of Palmer Axioms I had since 1987, I ran across a yard sale where I bought a set of Walter Hagan clubs that came complete with a mallet putter and bag. The bag was the best part of the deal which I picked up for $75.
Hey!!!… Driver, three and five woods, four and five hybrids, with irons through the sand wedge, putter and bag for $75. Couldn’t pass it up. I took the clubs out for a spin and immediately decided the clubs would be good for someone in the family who wanted to take up the game, and needed sticks. Then there was the putter.
The first round I played with the new putter was great. The putter felt good, I was rolling the ball well, and decided to retire the old PING. For the first two or three rounds, the putter was working well, and I started to focus more on my golf swing with the other clubs.
Then one day, after shooting an 88, where I was hitting the ball well, My playing partner, and brother-in-law said, “If you could have gotten some of those putts to fall, you would have had a pretty good round.”
I started to think about how many times through the previous couple of weeks where I was burning the cup most of the day, but nothing would drop.
I have the Foursum golf app for my iPhone, so I went back and reviewed my rounds, and was amazed at how many strokes I had spent on the greens.
That’s when I decided to put the old PING back in the bag. I located it as far from the new mallet as possible, (so they wouldn’t fight with each other). It took a couple of rounds to get re-acquainted with the old putter, but when I did, the putts started to fall again… Go figure.
I’m happy to report, the new mallet is where it belongs, in the garage, my “old friend” is happily back in it’s proper place in my new golf bag, and my golf game is back in the low 80s where it belongs. Everything is back where it belongs! Now if I can get the driver under control, that 79 may be just around the corner. Look out Ricky Potts!