Tiger Switches Putters
By Kickntrue on 7/13/10
Sorry for another Tiger post- but this is BIG news, at least to me, now that Tiger has switched to my putter. See what I did there? Yah, I liked it, too.
This week, for the first time since the 1999 GTE Byron Nelson Championship, Tiger Woods has a new putter in his bag.

The Scotty Cameron that has contributed to 63 PGA TOUR victories and all but one of his 14 major championships has been replaced with a Nike Method putter for this week's 150th Open Championship.

Woods said he made the decision because he struggles on slower greens like the relatively flat putting surfaces at St. Andrews. The greens are large, too, so lag putting will be key and having a comfort zone with the speed is essential.

"It's one of those things where I've always struggled on slower greens," Woods said. "I've always putted well on faster greens. This putter does come off faster with the new groove technology. It rolls the ball better and rolls it faster.
This is a huge victory for Nike!! When I took my trip to The Oven the single piece of equipment I was most impressed with was the Method Putter. I added mine to my bag the day it was available and have absolutely loved it! Full disclosure- I am on the record as saying that I believe you could learn to putt well with a 2 x 4 if you practiced long enough, but when you see the Nike Method on close up slow-mo cameras it's really hard to argue with the facts (you can argue with the meaning of the facts if you'd like), it gets the ball rolling faster with less skid.

Now the interesting thing will be see what Tiger does when he wins with it. Will he really ditch it on faster greens or is that just the excuse he needed to make the switch? Either way- now I am officially rooting for Tiger. If he'd win that'd be three wins for the Method Putter in the last 7 majors.

You'd have to think soon non-Nike guys will start switching to it.

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Backquak says:
Wow, I never thought that would happen. Tiger switching putters... crazy
7/13/10
 
mjaber says:
He has also switched to a lower spin ball. He did it at the AT&T, which may have contributed to him hitting more fairways.
7/13/10
 
birdieXris says:
The long and the short of it is -- if he putts well, they'll attribute it to the new putter and the thinking behind it. If he putts poorly, they'll attribute it to switching putters. Either way, win or lose, Tiger will be blaming/crediting his putter. I don't think it's as much about the greens as it is about him feeling that he's not going to play well and needing a scapegoat.
7/13/10
 
eventHorizon says:
All about the $$$$. I'm sure there was big bills associated with the switch and his comments. He needs to replace $750 million... This was his start.
7/13/10
 
mbills1015 says:
wow... i love all the theorizing! Maybe he simply thinks this putter might give him his best chance of winning?? Could it be that simple?? Making a choice on just winning a golf tournament and not about money or having something to blame...
7/13/10
 
bplewis24 says:
Yes, I'm sure Tiger feels he's not going to play well. That's exactly how he is, and makes a ton of sense.

/sarcasm
7/13/10
 
Banker85 says:
Why not try something, his putting has been the reason he has not been in contention (and some eratic tee shots). His Driver is coming around and the iron shots are as crisp as ever. If it gives him confidence to make a better stroke on the ball go for it.
7/13/10
 
eventHorizon says:
Sorry, let me rephrase that. I agree that Tiger will be switching with the full intention that this putter will be beneficial to his game. My statement is referring to his announcement. Every bit of it... words used, timing, etc., has been orchestrated and calculated as with everything else he does. Nike has been pushing him to use their putters and I can only guess this is a thank you to Nike for standing by him. Nike will sell millions of dollars worth of Method putters because of this announcement, even if Tiger has 45 putts every round this week. Tiger will see his share of that money or else he would have just shown up on Thursday with a Method in his bag with no announcement.
7/13/10
 
mmontisano says:
i don't know about the Method putter. it obviously works, but has anyone noticed how many people have switched to the new TaylorMade Ghost putter? it already has quite a few wins under it's belt too. including Paula Creamer's US Open win.
7/13/10
 
Scott Shields says:
Sounds like the value of scotty's will be driven down ... hope not.
7/13/10
 
Banker85 says:
ya, the ghost putter is hot now.
7/13/10
 
birdieXris says:
+1 @eventhorizon -- i'm sure that's definitely a selling point.
+1 @badcaddy -- i was looking at that too. Pretty nice little mallet.
7/13/10
 
vja430 says:
He is switching putter for a good reason and only he knows why. I have a good feeling about this. He doesn't change equipment as often as other pros.
7/13/10
 
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
My old man purchased a method putter last summer. I have to say his putting has improved greatly since then. He got for $30 at a pro shop too. Not too shabby. Wonder how much Tiger paid for his? HA HA
7/13/10
 
TeT says:
good for tiger, hes been needing a little bit of a change..
7/14/10
 
Matt F says:
I'll stick with my Yes! putter. Same idea as the Method but done way earlier.

Matt
7/14/10
 
birdieXris says:
Thing i dont' understand about the Method putter is that they say it rolls earlier and keeps it on line, but if you arrange Nike's putters from most forgiving to least forgiving on their site, the method is last. So basically it only works best for better players? I'm confused about that, because when you're a better player you can basically hit anything, it's all about preference.

@mwfaith -- i tried a yes putter a few years ago. i liked the way it rolled, but didn't really care for the way it set up to my eye. I couldn't get comfortable with it at all. The pro i was taking lessons from swears by them though. overall a really nice putter though. I like my ladies' putter :)
7/14/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@Bake-Dawg40- I need to meet your old man, or at least his connections. The Method came out in February of this year- while only Nike Tour players had prototypes they played in their bags. $30 for a $300 putter is a pretty good deal too. Hook me up!!! Haha.
7/14/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@birdieXris- seems odd to me that Nike even posts "forgiveness" ratings on putters. Makes sense for Hybrids or irons- but putters?! I don't really want forgiveness on my putter. I want to hit it where i hit it- because it's already offline if I miss it. I guess I'm not sure what forgiveness even means? Does it go "as far" or stay more online? I'm not sure how the second is even possible.
7/14/10
 
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
@Kickntrue - I stand corrected. It is not a method putter but is a Nike half shaft offset putter. What do I know anyway??? I don't understand the forgiveness thing on the putter either. If I have a fast down hill putt I'll address the ball further out towards the toe of the putter to take some speed off so I don't blow it by the hole. I still hit where I want. I'm confused.
7/14/10
 
birdieXris says:
@kick & Bake- i'm with you guys, but its on the site. i could only assume it deals with twisting on offcenter hits?? maybe?
7/14/10
 
sepfeiff says:
Yes putters have used this advancement for a while, its really noticeable.
7/14/10
 
Matt F says:
@sepfeiff - especially when there's dew on the greens.

Matt
7/15/10
 
mjaber says:
Well... that little experiment ended on day 3. Tiger was back to his Titleist/Scotty Cameron putter on Sunday... not that it did any good against Oosthuizen (did I spell that right?)
7/18/10
 
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