Dave Stockton's putter expertise continues to turn up in the news, as it has often since Phil Mickelson credited his help in winning the Tour Championship in 2009. This time, it was the LPGA's Suzann Pettersen, who has been working with him this week at La Costa Resort, site of the LPGA's Kia Classic.
"I spent a lot of time with Dave Stockton early in the week literally preparing for next week [the Kraft Nabisco Championship]," she said Thursday following a round of 68. "But it's definitely worked, and I made some good putts and started to feel better with my game as we played along. We're just trying to make putting the simplest thing in the bag. Hitting them shouldn't be that complicated compared to the rest of the game, and that's the philosophy we both believe in.
"Since I started with him almost a year ago, for the most part, I've been putting a lot, lot better. It's a lot less technical, which is for me probably is the biggest change. But that being said, you want putting to be the easiest thing you do on the golf course. That's what we're trying to make it."
Stockton, who also has worked with Rory McIlory among a long list of tour professionals, is issuing a DVD based on his book, "Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke," written with Golf Digest's Matt Rudy. The DVD, which also features the other two members of Stockton Golf, sons Dave Jr. and Ron, follows the book chapters: "Putting Signature," "Create a Picture," "Let It Go," "Roll Your Ball," "Why You Three-Putt," "The Mental Game," "Why Equipment Matters and When It Does," and "Troubleshooting."
The DVD can be pre-ordered here (it will be released in April) for $29.95.
-- John Strege