When I saw Adam Scott using a long chest putter on the practice green at Doral on Thursday morning, I almost fell over. Then I made a double-take. I mean, I wasn’t aware there were any Champions Tour players in the field. I’ve seen plenty of young guys with belly putters, but never a chest one.
The change seems to be working well for the 30-year-old Australian, who broke it out for the first time at the Match Play Championship several weeks ago.
Of course, Adam doesn’t care what he looks like if the putts are dropping. And they are at the TPC Blue Monster this week.
“The results are very good,” said Scott, who shot two-under 70 in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship and sits at T8 at the halfway point. “It’s making golf a lot more fun for me, being able to feel comfortable on the greens. One day I might return to the short putter.”
Putting seems to have been the missing link for Scott in recent years. Just look at his stats — in the past four years, he hasn’t ranked in the top-100 in the putting category.
Scott began using the chest putter just for a drill.
“My coach got me to start working with it — for rhythm in my putting stroke and to develop a rhythm I didn’t have with my short putter,” he said. “But the more I putted with it, the more I liked it. I saw a lot of putts going in, so I thought I should give it a try.”
Scott says he feels “absolutely” more confident on the greens.
“Obviously, it’s something new and sometimes new feelings are always good, but the stroke is good and the ball is rolling really good,” said Scott. “It’s helping me out.”
(AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)