CROMWELL, Conn. – Imitation is the best form of flattery, and nowhere is that more evident than on the PGA Tour.
The TaylorMade equipment van was busy on Tuesday at TPC River Highlands as players came in to request one of the company’s counterbalanced putters like the one Justin Rose used to win last week’s U.S. Open.
Just past lunch on Tuesday, Casey Wittenberg, Ryan Moore and Bo Van Pelt had all requested a counterbalanced putter, which uses a slighter longer grip and has twice the amount of weight of a normal grip.
The concept, according to TaylorMade’s equipment representatives, is to put more weight in the hands, or butt of the club, to slow down the stroke and keep the putter face square to the intended line. The putter, which comes in three versions, is being billed as an alternative to anchored putting, which the USGA and R&A recently banned beginning in 2016.
Rose began using the 37-inch Spider blade version of the counterbalanced putter at the Memorial and finished 16th in the field at Merion in putting.
TaylorMade has more than a dozen players using the counterbalanced model, including Wittenberg who plans to put it in play for the first time this week.
“I’ve been waiting for the green speeds to slow down because it feels a little hotter,” Wittenberg said on Tuesday. “But I’ve been messing with it for a few weeks and wanted to try it.”