Temporarily insane?
The insanity defense?
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/17/12
Albert Einstein, the famous theoretical physicist, once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result." On that basis, one could suggest that, until this week, David Mathis might have been insane.

On the PGA Tour this season, Mathis has made only eight of 24 cuts and missed the Masters, the Open Championship, and last week's PGA Championship. His best finish has been a T-10 in New Orleans. Directly or indirectly, Mathis took Einstein's wisdom to heart earlier this week and decided to make a major change to his game: He switched back to his old putter.

It may be working.

Mathis carded a 63 on Thursday, needing just 22 putts in the first round of this week's Wyndham Championship, which is being played at Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"I'm trying to figure out why I took it out of play to begin with because I putted well (last) fall. That time over Christmas, you do silly things, I guess... ...I put it back in play this week and, gosh, I putted the ball just so nice. I can't, for the life of me, why in the world did I take that putter out of play?"
As investors and stockbrokers repeat ad infinitum, "past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results." Having entered the week ranked 136th in the FedEx Cup standings, Mathis can only hope that this proves true over the next several weeks.


It worked - for this week, anyway. Mathis shot 71 on Friday and made the cut by a five-shot margin, so there will be a paycheck at the end of the rainbow in Greensboro.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
That Einstein quote is beyond played out. Somehow it has taken hold within the world of golf. You probably hear it tossed off by a commentator at least once over the course of any tournament. Maybe its because I'm not so sophisticated but I fail to see what is so pithy or truthful about it. Maybe I'm just insane, maybe what I thought of as persistence is actually a form of insanity. Because there are many instances where I "do the same thing over and over expect a different result". Sorry no disrespect to Torleif, I enjoy your posts, but I just think this is one quote that sounds a lot more incisive than it actually is, and probably needs to be put away. The dictionary definition of insanity is good enough for me.
Duke of Hazards says:
what the hell kind of article (the one linked, not your editorial Torleif) talks about a switch back to an 'old' putter and a guy that only takes 22 putts and leaves out the type/model of the putter? even the picture is him holding a wedge.
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