As things got serious in the FedEx Cup Playoffs with players jockeying for a spot in the Tour Championship finale, some players—including the winner, Keegan Bradley, were trying new putters at the BMW Championship while others, such as Tiger Woods, were returning to ones they previously had success with. And why not? With a potential $10-million-dollar payday on the line next week at East Lake, there’s no better time than now to feel good with the money club.
When Tiger Woods makes a putter change it’s a seismic deal, especially when he goes back to the putter he won 13 of his 14 majors with. Woods’ Scotty Cameron by Titleist Tiger is a Newport 2 style made from German stainless steel and is 35.25 inches long with a standard lie angle. The club’s markings include a single sight dot and a red "cherry dot" on both the face and in the back cavity. The putter also has a blank sole, with "Tiger" engraved on the left bumper and "Woods" on the right bumper. The club features a Ping grip with the “Ping” name blacked out and was re-shafted twice over its first 10 years.
Perhaps no player has been affected more by the ban on anchoring than Keegan Bradley, who has struggled mightily on the greens since the rule went into effect in 2016. Bradley has ranked 183rd, 128th and, this season, 186th in strokes gained/putting. Recently, however, the 2011 PGA champ has shown some signs of improvement while using an Odyssey Works Versa 1W Red Arm Lock putter. The putter, which has a head weight of 400 grams and is 43 inches in length with a loft of 7 degrees, is designed to act like an extension of the arm for a smoother, more repeatable stroke. Given Bradley's breakthrough victory at the BMW Championship in the playoff over Justin Rose, and him contending at the previous two events—the Northern Trust and the BMW Championship—it's safe to say he might have finally found his solution.
Xander Schauffele isn’t quick to change putters, but last week at the Dell Technologies Championship he changed to an Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH putter from his trusty Odyssey Works Big T #5 that he won the Tour Championship with last year. According to Odyssey tour reps, Schauffele likes the ease of alignment and the #7 head shape. The club has a SuperStroke Pistol grip and is 34.5 inches long. “It's just a new look. You know, I feel like I'm pretty loyal to my gamer putter. I don't like to switch too much,” said Schauffele at Aronimink. “I was getting tired of looking at the old one. … This one is red. Got two long parallel lines and a little line on top. It's a much different look.”
Chesson Hadley’s Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball has an interesting background and wasn’t even a putter Hadley himself procured. Rather it was his caddie, Josh Dickinson, who got the putter from Josh Teater’s caddie when Hadley was playing on the Web.com Tour. The club is 35 inches long and has 3 degrees of loft. There’s also a fair amount of lead tape on the bottom, something that was already there when Hadley got the club.