DUBLIN, Ohio – Xander Schauffele started the week ranked ninth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting. Most gamers with that sort of lofty benefit would be very happy to go away effectively sufficient alone.
Not Schauffele, who switched to a new putter and a new wristlock putting grip at this week’s Memorial Tournament
“My putting coach, my whole team, honestly, we’re very against change and I had to see what the craze was about,” Schauffele mentioned. “I do feel funny, obviously being a top-10 putter on Tour, switching putters or the style of putting. It’s a distinct advantage.”
Schauffele mentioned he began experimenting with the longer putter with a wristlock grip about a week in the past but the transition didn’t appear to have an excessive amount of of an influence on his play on Day 1 on the Memorial, the place he was tied for third after a first-round 68 that included a .718-shot benefit in strokes gained: putting.
“It’s better, it’s easier. It’s more consistent,” he mentioned. “We work a lot on start lines and making sure the ball’s doing what we think it’s doing. You can flinch in your hands, but you can’t flinch your entire left arm.”
Schauffele added that he believes the wristlock putting model should be banned by golf’s guidelines makers, but so long as it’s allowed he needed to try it.
“It takes the stress of putting out of the game. Putting is so stressful in golf, obviously hitting shots and chipping and all kinds of stuff are difficult, but your putts are what give you the score on the card,” he mentioned. “Putting is an art in our game and when you can lock it into your arm or anchor it to your body, it kind of gets rid of that.”