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March 30 2013

8:11 AM

Westwood goes with longer putter

Lee Westwood turned his putter around after struggling last week at Bay Hill. (Halleran/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Until last week, Lee Westwood had been using his Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2B putter for training purposes. The 38-inch, mid-length model took a backseat at the beginning of the season to an adjustable-length Scottsdale TR Shea, but following a tie for 63rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Westwood decided to switch things up at the Shell Houston Open, putting the Anser 2B in the bag.

"It is about four inches longer than standard and you could use it as a belly putter," Westwood said after Thursday's round. "I've had it for a while, but it's just in the last couple of weeks I have felt comfortable enough to take it on the course. If you look at the putting green, a lot of the guys are using it."

Aside from being almost four inches longer than his previous putter, Westwood's Anser 2B has a 395-gram head and 155-gram belly grip, making it more of a counterbalanced model. The putter, which starts at 37.5 inches, could have been adjusted up to 46.5 inches, but Westwood decided to move it up only a 1/2 inch.

Westwood has worked with belly putters in the past but felt like the additional weight behind his hands and the heavier putter head — 40 grams more than the TR Shea putter — was more than enough to improve his putting stroke.

"It just helps me to swing the putter a bit easier," Westwood said. "I putted well today; I holed it from 18 feet on the second, 10 feet on the third, 20 feet on the fifth, 20 feet on the 14th and 18 feet on the 16th, so the putter is working well."

Westwood followed up Thursday's 4-under 68 with an even-par 72 on Friday and sits six shots back of the lead.

 

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