Don't Bet On KJ This Week
By Kickntrue on 7/14/10
Always reliable Geoff Shackelford has a picture of KJ Choi practicing his putting at St. Andrews and... wow. I know putting is finicky but you must really have no confidence when you're trying things like this. Of course, we don't know if this was a one-off picture of if we're going to see this tomorrow. I'm hoping we do!
Photo Via GoeffShackelford.com
Via a tip from the comments. Looks like he's been experimenting.
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im about to that point...
He used that side saddle putter last week too
looks like he is playing pool...
Was it sam snead who did this originally? One of the greats had a tough time with shorter putts and he used to putt between his legs. Well they outlawed that by rule, so he went side saddle. KJ must be struggling, but you can really drain some putts that way if you get the knack.
i've tried it and once you get it down, it works pretty good. You need a putter that's set up for it though.....the idea is something like this. If you were to toss a golf ball right handed while facing the hole (kinda like horse shoes), you would be more accurate than trying to toss same ball side ways towards a hole (like putting)
Looks like it would be hard to hit a longer putt that way.
I putted this way for three years before switching to the Heavy Putter... I really do think I putted short putts better that way but it was sometimes tough to get good distance on longer putts, putt from uneven stances off the green, etc.
Well, I putted this way but I stood taller - 48" putter.
birdieXris is right, it was Sam Snead that famously tried the side saddle putting routine, but he was notoriously bad a putting. K.J. was actually putting decently this year though, which is confusing to me. you don't get a top 5 at Augusta with bad putting...
I think when Snead tried it, he actually swung the putter between his legs, straddling the ball, which I believe is illegal under the Rules of Golf.
Correction... the Rules Of Golf were changed to make Snead's putting style against the rules. When he did it, it was legal.
Been putting this way for over 50 years. Proven by scientific studies to be much more effective than any conventional technique. The main reason should be self evident... what underhand target sport, where power is not an issue, do you stand at a right angle to the intended line? Bowling, horse shoes, curling, shuffleboard etc....NONE. If you were handed a golf ball and told to roll it towards a hole how would YOU stand?
Become an instant expert when discussing this technique which is now going to come up often since KJ says he's sticking with it.
~the Putt Guru
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