When you’re ranked 152nd on tour in strokes gained/putting, odds are the putter you’re using is on double secret probation. Russell Knox took that a step further at the WGC-Dell Match Play, banishing his Scotty Cameron by Titleist Tour Rat 2 to the bench. But it’s not so much the club he put down that is interesting. It’s the club he picked up and put in play—the mammoth Cure RX5.
The RX5 is an extreme moment of inertia putter that features a face that is six inches in width. It also has adjustable weights (ranging from 361 to 615 grams) than can move the moment of inertia from high to extreme. The club, which has just 1.5 degrees of loft, also is adjustable for lie angle (ranging from 62 to 80 degrees) in an effort to fit a wide arrange of setups and strokes.
Cure is based in Florida and Knox lives in Ponte Vedra Beach. The proximity has allowed Knox to become aware of the company and get to know some of its principles, leading to a session in the company’s putter lab last week that led to the switch.
Yesterday Knox halved his opening match against David Lingmerth, making a 17-foot, five-inch birdie putt on the par-3 17th to win the hole and square the match before the pair tied the final hole with pars. Today, he won his match, 2 and 1, over Chris Kirk. A cure on the greens for Knox? Maybe, maybe not. But the new putter isn't likely to go to the bench anytime soon.