After his opening turn during a Sentry Tournament of Champions, Dustin Johnson told reporters, “[You] only got to trust your lines, strike them and we feel like I’m rolling it good, so I’m going to make some putts.”
Turns out, there was a reason that Johnson felt some-more gentle guileless his lines. Although Johnson finished a rather important 81st in strokes gained/putting final year, he was struggling with his putting late in a year, including some hardship on a greens when he blew a lead in China. At a propelling of TaylorMade’s VP of debate operations, Keith Sbarbaro, Johnson came to a company’s dabble lab in Carlsbad, Calif., to work out his woes.
The Tour group built 12 matching Spider Tour putters—a indication he has used frequently over a final 18 months. Each of a putters had a opposite steer line. Johnson strike 5 putts with any (flat, 15-footers) and a formula were telling.
With a prolonged steer line, Johnson was aiming scarcely 10 inches left of a hole. Those with shorter steer lines were directed during a left edge. His gamer with no line on tip was an in. left of center. However a one with a T-line fixing was directed scarcely core on each putt, call Johnson to put a bar in a bag in Hawaii.
For a week Johnson ranked an considerable sixth in strokes gained/putting during .724 notwithstanding claiming he wasn’t putting all that well, and went on to win by 8 shots.
That can’t make others on a PGA Tour feel really good about their chances going forward.