We've said it before, we'll say it again. When it comes to equipment decisions, tour players are no different than the rest of us. Take this week's case: Boo Weekley.
Frustrated by his putting (been there, brother), Weekley started searching for a solution in equipment. A change in head style, a change in length and voila, an opening round 65 at the Bob Hope Classic.
How bad was it? He tells us in typical Boo fashion:
"After last week it was so bad I needed a change," he said. "The last 36 holes I felt like I was holding a rattlesnake. I was afraid to even take it back. I felt like I had the yips or something. I didn't know if I was pushing it, pulling it or what was going to happen, I just wanted to get it in the hole and get to the next hole so I could tee off, to get something in my hand I feel comfortable with."
The answer came after some work with the Cleveland/Never Compromise team, and the result was a new model from the Never Compromise Gambler line, 34 inches, an inch longer than the 33-inch Never Compromise GM2 Exchange model he'd been using since his days on the Nationwide tour in 2006.
"It's a different look. You got to change it up every now and then. You got change the look up. And it's helped out and my old putter was a center shafted putter where it went straight in on the top of the club, where this is a heel shafted putter. And it's solid, it's heavy, it's like my other one, it's heavy like that--I don't know how many grams it is, but it's solid--and I rolled the ball well with it today and unfortunately I left a few out there, but that's part of golf."
Want to change putters, but don't have a team of manufacturers' representatives looking you over? Take the advice of a quality fitter
, like Brent Norton at Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti, Mich.
"When customers walk out of a proper putter fitting, they know what type of putter will complement their stroke, why they miss putts the way they do, and what they need to work on."