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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Left Hand Low is the Way to Go

I wrote an article a few weeks ago called "Careful Jordan," which included a picture of Rory standing watching Jordan Spieth putt.  The gist was that, if Rory started putting anything like Jordan, the boys were in big trouble.  If Rory gets the putter going, he's going to be back to lapping fields and winning Majors.  He's that talented.

Sure enough, this week at Doral, Rory has gone left hand low with the putter, and after a mediocre first round on the greens, is starting to roll his rock again.  Rory was quick to say that the reason he had resisted going left hand low was that he didn't want us to think he was copying Jordan.  Rory had putted left hand low in his first year on the European Tour.  So he wasn't copying Jordan, he was going back to it.  Sounds good to me.

The fact is this left hand low putting method seems to really work.  We see more and more players on all the tours using it.  Apparently Arnie and Jack have both said that, if they were just starting out again, they'd both putt left hand low.  That's good enough for me.  I'm going to make the change, even though it's tough to teach an old dog new tricks.

As for Rory, if he keeps putting like this, he's going to be back to being the top dog.  We'll see how it holds up under Sunday pressure today at the Blue Monster.  So far, so good.