Master the Greens Lower Your Scores

By Bill KliewerMay 27, 2008, 4:00 pm

The notion that good putting is crucially important to lower scores isnt exactly groundbreaking, but that doesnt make it any less true. A new breed of putters has hit the market, and they are taking technology to the extreme. If your putting is costing you extra strokes, try the following offerings from some of the best brands in golf.
 
Cleveland Golf VP Milled Series
Cleveland Golfs new Visual Performance (VP) Milled putters feature a Dual Axis Alignment system, a fantastic visual aid which helps players get into the correct address position every time. This lets golfers determine when their hands have moved out of position and detect when their eyes are not directly over the ball, drastically cutting down on pushed and pulled putts. Pick from three unique offerings, including the VP1 a classic plumber's neck blade design with a 1 inch offset, the VP2, also a blade but with less offset and the mallet-style VP3.
 


 

PING i-Series
This versatile series is loaded with a wide variety of putters to satisfy any golfers demands. Each is fitted with a two-piece insert in the face for outstanding feedback and a soft feel. Alignment-focused designs like the Craz-E, Craz-E and Moon are crafted to make lining up putts extra easy and also feature a high moment of inertia (MOI) for maximum forgiveness. Golfers loyal to a more traditional style can choose from proven PING favorites including the Anser and Zing models.
 


 

Heavy Putter Deep Face Series
Fans of previous versions of the Heavy Putter will be happy to hear that the new Deep Face Series still features the added weight system in the head and grip that make a consistent pendulum stroke so easy to repeat. New for 2008 are five distinct models, each with its own personality and a face inch taller than standard. This additional height raises the center of gravity so that it lines up with the sweet spot of the ball promoting greater accuracy and distance control. Boccieri Golf continues to defy convention and the results have been tremendous.
 


 

Guerin Rife Two-Bar Hybrid
Combining the performance benefits and looks of the award-winning Island Series Barbados with the highly-successful Two Bar putter is this gorgeous mallet from Guerin Rife. Two bars extending back from the center of the face help golfers frame the ball at address. In addition, players can adjust the weighting of the putter to suit specific conditions. As with every Rife model, the Hybrid is fitted with the companys patented RollGroove face which promotes an ideal ball path for greater consistency.
 


 

YES! Golf C-Groove Series
When a regular putter face impacts a ball it creates a loft which can cause skidding and side or back-spinning before it even begins rolling forward. The C-Groove solves this problem thanks to the concentric grooves on the face. Upon contact, the edges grip the ball surface, simultaneously lifting the ball out of its resting position and creating an ideal roll for straight putts with remarkable consistency. With 15 different sticks to choose from, the line provides golfers with nearly-limitless options.
 


 

Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.

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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”