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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Putting Tweaks at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational

If you're like me, you couldn't help but notice how impressive the ladies have been at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Perhaps it's the altitude (and the resulting extra distance) that has made their iron play look so spectacular. Being able to use shorter irons coming into the greens always makes it a bit easier to stop the ball, especially when they're hard.

But while watching the golf Friday and reading some of the interviews at, I couldn't help but note how many of the players specifically talked about putting changes.

Christina Kim

In the Round 2 notes, for example, Christina Kim specifically singled out her putting although she said she's been trying to improve everything. (In her own words, "I've had to rebuild from the ground up.") She didn't mention any particular aspect of her putting that was getting special attention, but the way she phrased her answer indicated that she's been specifically working on her patience. Again, in her own words, when asked what she had worked on to prepare for the tournament she said:
"My patience. I've been working on my putting a lot. I like to think I'm a good putter, but the scores don't necessarily reflect what it is that you're doing and what you're working on."
Likewise, although Paula Creamer detailed some technical details she and her instructor David Whelan had worked on with her iron play, she also went into some detail about putting changes:
"I switched to left hand low and I switched my whole putter at Evian and that's been probably the greatest thing that I've done. I just have a lot of confidence. I'm really, my routine and what I do when I'm over the ball is the same every time. It's more about speed instead of thinking about my stroke or thinking about this. I know that it's solid and we've been working really hard on that. It's more of a confidence and seeing the ball go in the hole."
And in the Round 1 notes Azahara Munoz credited the speed of the greens for some of her putting success:
"I love that the greens are really quick. Sometimes, most of the time, I really struggle getting the ball to the hole and here, I don’t have to worry about that. Definitely the ball is getting there."
Aza also said she felt she should have made a lot more putts on Thursday. Don't we all?

But perhaps the most interesting note was lost in the broadcast Friday afternoon. You may remember a post I did few weeks back about Suzann Pettersen splitting from longtime coach David Leadbetter. In that post I wondered who might be Suzann's next coach.

Well, there's been no announcement yet... but the GC crew did mention that Suzann's putting seemed to have improved this week based on a putting tip she got from Butch Harmon. Does that mean the two are in that "tryout" period that players and prospective coaches often go through? I don't know... but it does bear watching.

1 comment:

  1. I do some of what she does