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THE NEW PUTTER SHAFT

HONMA PUTTERS - PROBABLY THE BEST THAT MONEY CAN BUY

GOOD NEWS FOR GREEN KEEPERS - MARCH 2018

US SENIOR OPEN - JUNE 2017

PROPOSED RULES CHANGES - MARCH 2017

NEW ERA FOR BRITISH PUTTING

JORDAN SPIETH SLOW PUTTING?

NEWS ON LONG PUTTERS!

THE NEW PUTTER SHAFT

A new shaft called the Stability shaft for putters has just been launched from Breakthrough Golf Technology. For over 50 years the shaft had not changed although putter heads have evolved. So now there is a new shaft that should help stabilise the head to avoid twisting and oscillating.

The multi material design (advanced materials integration) in this new Stability shaft give it a more solid feel than the traditional steel tube shaft. This helps with consistency. The lack of taper in the shaft design reduces torque. It is layered from carbon fibre and with an aluminium insert which helps to keep it stable. Barney Adams (Adams golf) is behind this new design.

I believe that it is being trialled by Justin Rose and KJ Choi.

HONMA PUTTERS - PROBABLY THE BEST THAT MONEY CAN BUY

Honma is considered a luxury brand but you could get the ultimate hand-rolled shaft, diamond studded ferrel and 24 carat gold-headed custom putter with engraving of your choice - and it doesn't come much more luxurious than that. Take into consideration that the putters actually work too! It may set you back a couple of thousand dollars or more, but if it shaves strokes off your score you will be the talk of the clubhouse in more ways than one!

For us less wealthy, we can still pick up a good solid putter from Honma for a few hundred bucks. Crafted in Sakata in Japan these putters are a joy to use. I tried out both the mallet and the blade on twenty foot rolls and surprised both myself and the onlookers at holing a few and if they didn't drop they were only a tiny tap-in distance. I was definitely in synch with these sticks. They felt good (balanced and smooth) and did the job well.


The 2017 (still current) putter models have carbon steel heads which are CNC milled to produce super feel on the face if the putter. This means that they are etched using Computer Numeric Controlled lasers. 

The older models were brush nickel.

Honma have pretty decent balls too. Their G6 is softer (for feel) and has six layers to improve compression of the ball when it is struck.

One more thing. For a premium putting feeling you could try the Gold PP201 putter, the new February 2018 model. It is tungsten weighted on the heel for stability and consistency.

So there we have it. Honma Golf is going places. It is delivering on quality and usability. I am impressed. Check out more about Honma in PuttingSmart Best Putter

GOOD NEWS FOR GREEN KEEPERS - MARCH 2018

I was chatting by a practice green in California to a guy who informed me that there is a new product, presently called 'Champion Organic Remedy', which claims to encourage near perfect greens. This enzyme-based, organic soil remediation product helps to turn soil back into its original state, neutralising salt and petrol based products by turning them into fertilizer. It is awaiting patent I believe and presently not widely available. To the best of my knowledge small batches are being prepared in Texas.

US SENIOR OPEN - JUNE 2017

Salem Country Club produced some great scoring from these masters. Kirk Triplett's first round matched Loren Roberts' previous record score of 8 under 62. Triplett had just 24 putts. Kenny Perry who won the four round event with a magnificent 16 under, averaged 29 putts over the 4 rounds.

PROPOSED RULES CHANGES - MARCH 2017

You will find information about this in 'Some Rules Explained' section.

NEW ERA FOR BRITISH PUTTING 

Newton Green Putting Green, Suffolk

Putting is now set to become a game in its own right - again. I remember playing putting on custom greens as a child! And now everyone can have a go with a new putting initiative started in January 2016 in Britain which you can read about here.

As well as just putting for just recreation though, there are to be tournaments and championships. You can find out more about where to putt from the British Putting website

This exciting trend for just putting is already spreading  globally. It can involve any age and any standard and any ability. So look out for local events near you.

JORDAN SPIETH SLOW PUTTING?

January 2016. At the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Jordan Spieth was warned for taking too long over a putt of about 6 foot on the eighth hole (his 17th hole). He took 1 minute 29 seconds instead of the allowed forty seconds.

John Paramor, chief referee, defended the monitoring warning given to Jordan after the new Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, enforced the rule in a bid to speed up play. A fine of E2600 is given if two monitoring of slow play warnings are given to the player. 

NEWS ON LONG PUTTERS!  

Despite long deliberation and debate over the legality of anchored putters, for tournament golf, the ban officially came into effect on January 1, 2016. The ban was first proposed over three years ago by both the two leading world authorities on golf rules – The Royal & Ancient and U.S. Golf Association. It has now been clarified in the Rules of Golf.

 Rule 14-1b states: "In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either directly or by use of an anchor point."

Many tour players have successfully used the anchored putting method over the years and were happy to use this method as long as it was ‘legal’. Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott won majors using the anchored long stick. But Tiger Woods always maintained: "Anchoring should not be a part of the game. It should be mandatory to have to swing all fourteen clubs." (2013)

So now 'belly' putters are no longer an option in tournament golf. Long putters can still be used, but they must not be held against a golfer's torso for greater control.