Golf equipmentApril 17, 2016

New putter has Luke Donald in contention at RBC Heritage

Center-shafted Odyssey putter has Englishman back on track
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 16:  Luke Donald waits to hit on the 16th hole during the third round of the 2016 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 16, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 16: Luke Donald waits to hit on the 16th hole during the third round of the 2016 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 16, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

When you have been one of the best putters in the game for the better part of a decade, serious slippage in that area usually does not bode well for the putter. Ask Luke Donald. Since 2009 Donald has led the tour three times in strokes gained/putting and has been in the top 13 six times. Last season, however, he fell to 38th and this year things have gotten worse, as his T-127 ranking in that stat would attest. Such results prompted a change. “I have not changed my putter for a long time until the last couple of weeks,” Donald said. “I’ve got the same head on my putter, but a different shaft. It’s a center shaft. … The putter I’ve been using the last couple of years I just felt like I hadn’t seen the ball go in, so I just wanted something different to look at.” The putter Donald is using is an Odyssey Works Versa #7H. Donald has used a heel-shafted #7 model—a head with “fangs” on the back—for several years.