PINEHURST, N.C. – When you’re one of the PGA Tour’s top putters, you're going to draw attention when you decide to change putters on the eve of the U.S. Open.
But Brandt Snedeker knew it was time.
A week before arriving at Pinehurst, Snedeker – who led the Tour in strokes gained-putting in 2012 and was fourth last season – switched to a new Bridgestone Golf putter that shifts the balance point to less than 5 inches from the sole.
“I hadn’t been putting up to my standards the last six months,” said Snedeker, who opened with a roller-coaster 69 at Pinehurst.
The switch paid off early on Thursday, with Snedeker making the turn at 4 under, but he played his next three holes in 4 over par. Still, considering the No. 2 course was playing increasingly more difficult as the day progressed, he was pleased with his play and the new flat stick.
Snedeker did concede he has his old Odyssey putter with him, but didn’t think he would be using it.
“I did bring it with me, but it’s been stuck in the trunk learning its lesson,” said Snedeker, who was tied for 15th in putting average (1.56) when he completed his round.