Is Jordan Spieth the Best Putter Ever?

As an older professional golfer… ahem… in my 60’s, I always consider Bobby Locke, Ben Crenshaw and
Tiger Woods to be the best putters in the history of the game.

News item:  Ian Poulter has just said that Jordan Spieth “may be the best putter ever.”
Wow!  This from a player known as being one of today's best Tour putters, and not known
for handing out compliments!

I love that the feisty English competitor is publicly recognizing the stats held by phenom Jordan Spieth.
Spieth leads the Tour in putting average and putts per round, but Poulter is most impressed that Jordan
is number one at making putts from 25 feet.
It's cool that the wild-eyed Poulter, who demonstrated extreme determination in putting for wins at the 2004,
2008 and 2012 Ryder Cups, has weighed in on this on-so-tough part of the game.


Thanks to Marika Washchyshyn for this story for golf.com:
Photo: Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire

Jordan Spieth celebrates after sinking his final putt to win a three-hole playoff in the fourth round of the 2015 Valspar Championship.

Ian Poulter, not particularly well known for doling out praise, has given Jordan Spieth the highest of compliments, saying the 22-year-old “may be the best putter ever.” The 39-year-old Englishman told Reuters that Spieth’s putting is the reason this year’s Masters and U.S. Open champ is finding himself in contention every week. “Statistically he’s the best putter in the game and he may go down as he best anyone has ever seen,” Poulter said. “If you look at the percentage of putts he holes from 25 feet it’s remarkable. That’s generally the distance you hit it to when you are playing well. It’s an amazing percentage of putts that he holes and we all want that sort of putting stroke.”
To read the rest of this story of the best putter ever, go here! Source: Marika Washchyshyn   GOLF.com Photo: Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire   Chase McAlpine

No Stinkin' Thinkin' when you are Puttin'

Thinking mechanical thoughts is never a good thing when playing golf, but when it comes to putting, mechanical thoughts can totally ruin the game.  My friend and well known putting instructor Glenn Coombes always says “No Stinkin’ Thinkin”” So here Dave Marsh for iGolfTV gives us a good tip on distracting the mind for the task at hand and allowing your natural instinct to take over.  Try this, I think you’ll like it!   Source : iGolfTV  Dave Marsh

Is Black the New White? Nike has Something New!

Colored golf balls are nothing new, but we are normally used to yellow, pink, orange and even clear.  But Nike put out their black ball during the FBR Open and their phones lit up asking where consumers could get this unusual ball.  Here is the story by USAToday.com‘s Jerry Potter.
What started out as a simple promotion for a new product has created a buzz in the golf world and stir in the Nike headquarters in Oregon.

Four PGA Tour golfers, all under contract to Nike, agreed to play a black golf ball on the par-3, 162-yard 16th hole at the TPC of Scottsdale, during the FBR Open in Arizona, to call attention to the new Nike Black One ball, which isn’t totally black like the promotional ball.

None of the four, Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, K.J. Choi or Rory Sabbatini, came close to a hole-in-one, but they got the effect Nike wanted with the promotion. The hole is similar to an amphitheater, with more than 7,000 mostly rowdy spectators watching. The combination of the odd black ball, the fans and the TV audience had phones ringing at the club during the tournament and at Nike headquarters Monday.

According to Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer, phone calls were coming in at a rate of 10 per hour. Customers wanted to know where they could buy the ball.

By Monday afternoon, Nike execs were referring to the ball as the BOB — Black One Black. The original is the Black One, which is white with black markings to distinguish it from other Nike golf balls.

Stoyer said the ball is “difficult to see” should it be hit in the rough, so it was used on the par-3.

Nike’s executives hadn’t anticipated the response, so the ball’s future is being determined. The plan now is to offer The Black One Black in selected stores, giving it as a two-ball pack for anyone who buys a dozen Black One whites.

The ball meets all regulations of the U.S. Golf Association, but colored golf balls have not been popular in the marketplace. Orange and yellow balls were sold 25 years ago, and Jerry Pate used an orange ball made by Wilson to win the 1982 Players Championship. He says he would play one again if Titleist, which he represents today, would make one.

“The time was right for this,” said Pate, now a Champions Tour player. “You can only sell so many balls by changing the number of dimples on a ball.”

To read the rest of this interesting story, click here.

Source : USA Today   Jerry Potter

Picture : USA Today   Dennis Yang

Lets get ready to rumble! Golf's youth is strong!

The future of golf is in the hands of some pretty competent young golfers.  The “under 25 year olds” are proving week after week that the next few years on the PGA Tour are going to be pretty exciting!  John Strege of Golf Digest’s “The Loop” give us the inside story on golf’s youth and what to expect in the future
It is a mistake to use television ratings as the sole arbiter in evaluating the strength of the game. Tiger Woods still piques the interest of Nielsen families. So do the Kardashians. So what? Here’s a better metric: Since golf breathlessly awaited Tiger’s return at Augusta National, Jordan Spieth has won the Masters, Rory McIlroy has won the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and, on Sunday, the Wells Fargo Championship by seven, and Rickie Fowler won the Players Championship. RMcIlroy.jpg
Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and now Patrick Rodgers, meanwhile, are all 22, potential stars and already asserting themselves. Patrick Reed is 24 and a four-time winner.“I think the amazing thing about this group of players is that we’ve come on tour and we’ve been ready to win from the start,” McIlroy said last week. “Jordan wins his first major at 21. Rickie got his first win here as I did, but he really elevated the status with that win last week [at the Players]. Patrick Reed as well.“A lot of guys have come out here and it hasn’t taken them long how to learn how to win. We don’t play maybe with as much fear.”
Source : John Strege   Golf Digest Pictures : Golf Digest  Getty Images  Galatians Design

Are you a New Golfer? You are not alone!

Answers to all the questions you were afraid to ask, here. I teach a lot of beginners, and I’m thrilled to do so.  To help a new golfer enter the game and encourage them to practice and play, excites me to know I am helping grow the game.  But I many too afraid to go out and play because they feel intimidated that they might make a fool of themselves.
Taking some beginner group lessons is a good way to get started with the basic fundamentals!

Taking some beginner group lessons is a good way to get started with the basic fundamentals!

Here are some of the typical questions I get asked. 1. What do I do when I’m a single golfer and find that I am paired with 3 strangers? 2. What is the procedure for me if I’m the first one in my group to arrive at the Pro Shop for check in? 3. How do we decide who putts first when we are on the green? Adams Golf has put together a series of very short videos, starring Gary Mc Cord and other Pros, to answer all of your questions, in a fun and simple manner. I watched these videos and recommend them highly to you.  There’s even a little humor involved – check out Gary Mc Cord and Aaron Baddeley in Lil’ Lesson #15. Click on the link below to see all the Adams Golf lessons for new golfers. http://adamsgolf.com/lillessons.html Source :  Adams Golf

Single Most Important Way to “Go Green” on the course

April 22nd was ‘EARTH DAY’ and people worldwide performed hundreds of nifty “Go Green” eco-friendly practices. We know that golf courses are making efforts to cut down on harmful chemicals and pesticides, but what can the average golfer do?

Turn your green time even greener with the Dixon Earth golf ball, a high-performance, organic golf ball made of rock salt rather than earth-unfriendly heavy metals like lead, tungsten, and titanium.

The Dixon Earth ball is high-performance and its thin Eco-Cover provides exceptional feel and increased durability.

In an independent testing by PGA TOUR Partners club, it outperformed the Nike One Platinum, Callaway Tour ix and Titleist Pro V1. WOW!

Who is a well-known Dixon Golf enthusiast? Actor, producer & philanthropist Don Cheadle!

Check out their website and you’ll see that Dixon Earth also makes eco-friendly apparel and accessories. How about an organic cotton golf hat?

Go Green!

To find out more about this amazing ball, go here.

Learn to hit it pure out of the rough with Sir Nick Faldo!

#8 in our Series "My Best Shot" Today Sir Nick Faldo!

In # 8 in our series “My Best Shot” brought to you by Golfing World,  Sir Nick Faldo recounts the greatest shot of his career at Muirfield during the 1992 Open Championship on the 18th hole on the final day.  Needing a 4 to secure victory, Sir Nick hit a laser 3 iron to just past the flag, allowing him two putts for victory.  Great stuff!   Source : Golfing World

You are limited to 6 clubs only. What do you choose?

I found this article on golfforum.com to present an interesting dilemma.  Blogger Klimski says that a certain trip allowed him to take only 6 golf clubs with him, due to travel restrictions. How can you leave your Driver out?  If you are limited to 6 clubs, which wedges would you take? Click Here to read the article Scroll down under the article to see responses from golfers who chose a wide variety of short sets.  
Playing golf with less than a full set can be fun, even when you don't have to.

Playing golf with less than a full set can be fun, even when you don’t have to.

Let me know your set make-up and why you chose it! Source : golfforum.com Pictures : Derek A  Brent Flanders