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The Demise of Putting on Tour

Barney Adams

Recently I had the honor of playing with Barney at the El Dorado Country Club in Indian Wells, CA, one of the best Tom Fazio course ever designed, especially in the Desert.

I was intrigued about his new Stability Shaft (http://golfindustryonline.com/barney-adams-is-up-to-it-again-this-time-around-its-his-new-bgt-putter-shaft/), and the state of putting on the Tours.

This is Barney’s opinion and reasoning:

While perusing the improvements in golf equipment over the years, I came across data analysis that caused several rereads!

Using Shotlink data, I looked at putting stats on Tour https://files.constantcontact.com/0290978a101/f2a3316a-6931-4c63-a9cb-785696056cad.jpgfrom 2003 to now. Using putts made at specific distances, the make percentage is LOWER today than 2003! Given the advances over the last 15 years, better, more consistent greens, millions of dollars  invested
in putter head designs, contour books showing every break every grain pattern and not the least, the arrival of sophisticated putting instruction, my first reaction was “this can’t be right.”

The chart below speaks for itself. Putting has declined. These are the averages for three early years and the last three years.

All Shotlink data was taken from the PGA Tour. I recruited Jim MacKay as my expert data analyst. Jim is a golf industry veteran who has been working with tour players and these putting stats for 20 years.

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The data confirms that putting on Tour has declined.  The information in the chart above was pulled from Shotlink.com.

WHY? The numbers didn’t have lots of peaks and valleys indicating, one significant factor that was having a broad, negative effect on performance.

Before I state my case, two caveats. First, things are going to get a little technical, so hang in. Second, I will be mentioning a product with which I’m involved.

The first thought was green speeds. I asked several Tour players and instructors and the overriding conclusion was that green speeds have definitely increased and also dramatically improved. So, it was determined that this would not have been a broad enough factor to affect a widespread putting demise.

Then why? As greens got smoother and faster over the years the philosophy behind the putting stroke developed into a smooth pendulum style. To augment this, putter designers increased the MOI of their heads while adding weight.

One thing changed dramatically and the other stayed the same and therein lies the answer. The steel putter shaft was introduced almost 90 years ago and I’ve been putting with them for over 60 years. How many things in this world have virtually unchanged for 90 years? Over the years, quality instruction on the stroke coupled with the modern technology of heavier heads increased the stress factor which interfered with the face returning square at impact.

So, we postulate; can weak steel shafts cause face oscillation? Yes! They are in direct conflict with the heart of today’s smooth stroke; they don’t allow putter face to consistently return square at impact. We cannot stop here. The theory must be proven.

Breakthrough Golf Technology has a golf lab with perfect greens, a putting robot andpgtaa3.jpg advanced software for analysis. You must have this kind of environment to isolate and measure the discrepancies. We traced history, lighter heads to heavier on steel shafts and watched the face deflection increase. When we introduced the Stability Shaft into testing, the face angle problem disappeared regardless of head weight. When we had Jim MacKay retest at his facility and he verified the results.

We see players holing putts all the time on TV. Yes, it’s a selection process. TV executives aren’t going to gain viewers by showing a bunch of misses.

How about when we read that someone has putted in an extraordinary fashion. The error factor discussed is slight, and short-term success happens, but it is negated over the long haul.

Am I trying to make a big deal out of something that’s very minor just to sell shafts? Do these tiny differences really cause a huge impact? I arbitrarily took six PGA Tour players around the mid-point of the money list and calculated what just one shot less in a tournament would be when translated into money earnings.

The result astounded me; the average amount per player was over $500k for the season! That was only ONE shot better in a 72-hole event, so while the percentages don’t look huge, when you convert them to dollars on Tour it’s the kind of result that makes you double check the math.

Working with Tour players is challenging; they don’t like to mess with their equipment and like many professional athletes are insulated by a team of coaches, agents, trainers and tour reps that often make them unapproachable (especially since we don’t pay). With that said, the performance of the Stability shaft has done well, since it is the fastest growing shaft on tour. Not many realize this because we don’t ‘pay to play’ and can’t advertise the names.

Any golfer (tour or amateur) is welcome to visit our fitting lab at Breakthrough Golf in Dallashttps://files.constantcontact.com/0290978a101/9554305e-0cc4-40ca-aabc-1b1c6eb9a3f7.jpgwhere they can go through a complete putter analysis. They will experience first-hand how the Stability Shaft fits any putter head and has proven performance over a steel shaft. Best of all no player adjustment. Yes, it’s the only putter shaft in golf that mitigates face movement without being super heavy or something causing a major player adjustment

To all amateurs; the data used here is taken directly from the PGA Tour, who are considered the best putters in the world. Amateur improvement would be several factors greater. With all the industry attention to distance, an old line comes to mind “Drive for show, putt for dough.”

See the Breakthrough Golf Technology website at:  www.breakthroughgolftech.com.

As for my personal use, my two EVNroll putters are fitted with Stability Shafts. I can honestly say that with the addition of the Stability Shaft, I have dropped at least 4 strokes per round!
Perhaps it is time to change the numbers for both Tour golfers and amateurs by using the Stability shaft.

 

Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit www/facebook.com/PGTAA to see all the latest mental strategies and equipment reviews. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his previous book, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf”, updated for 2011, is still in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list. His latest book, “The Right Mind for Golf”, is now in its 9th reprint is available on Amazon and at the Torrey Pines golf course.
He can be reached at drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

 

Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

Nexbelt – The Belt with No Holes

Based on technology that has been around for 25+ years, Nexbelt has positioned themselves as the best ratchet belt company in the world. They re-engineered it and made it better – Entrepreneur 101.

I have been wearing the Nexbelt since they were introduced at the PGA Show in Orlando in 2015. I simply cannot live without the belt! Just the ease of adjusting the belt to any position is what makes this belt so great, you never have to worry about finding a hole that usually isn’t there where you need it and trying to seat the pin therein. The belt can be adjusted in quarter-inch increments, rather than one inch found in traditional belts.

The Nebelt Go-In! Golf series, has two sizes which fit (virtually) all and no holes, and is worn on the PGA Tour by Kevin Na. The belts are as high a quality as you can find – one size for those with waists ranging from 28 to 40 inches and another for waists ranging from 38 to 50 inches. The buckle contains a hidden ball marker.

The Go-In! Golf series features a variety of colors (including white), including all types of leather and braids. I highly recommend these belts and to see a full range visit Nexbelt’s web site.

www.nexbelt.com  Prices range from $47.99 to $68.99

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

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Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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