Sergio Garcia Travelling with his Belly Putter


Not a good sign that a repeat is in the offing when Sergio Garcia returns to TPC Sawgrass in two weeks to defend his Players title with a belly putter in tow.
At the urging of putting guru Stan Utley, Garcia switched to a standard-length putter last year at Sawgrass and won the biggest title of his career, but the Spaniard has been less-than-prolific since that breakthrough and currently ranks a pedestrian 161st in putting average.
Garcia used the longer putter at Augusta, poorly, but plans to probably keep it in the bag for TPC.
“I'm going to travel with it. I don't know if I'm going to use it,” Garcia said Thursday.
“Sometimes my grip kind of moves too much back and forward. So instead of kind of letting the face of the club do the work, you know, I kind of do it with the top of the putter. That's when I lose all my power and then my speed gets bad and my confidence kind of goes down a little bit.”
Just a hunch, but the return to the long stick may have shaken the confidence of those looking for an El Nino double.