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August 7 2013

11:28 AM

Poulter confident in putter switch

Ian Poulter tied for third in last year's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. (Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

POULTER: To win a major, I need to focus better early

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- By his own estimation Ian Poulter has used only two putters over the last four years, the second of those having been put into play at The Open Championship after the Brit reached out through social media.

What followed was “overwhelming,” Poulter said. Within days, he received 100 putters from various manufacturers, most of them getting just a passing glance before he settled on an Odyssey White Damascus.

From the sound of it, he won’t be switching anytime soon.

“It's doing well,” Poulter said Wednesday at Oak Hill. “I've changed my putters at the right time, and the right time is when I have that feeling when something has gone cold.

“The feel was just right (with this one). That’s the most important thing.”

The change was significant if for nothing else than his previous putter was the one he used to run up a 4-0 record in last year’s Ryder Cup, where Europe had one of the greatest final-day comebacks in the event’s history.

It doesn’t sound like that putter will be going anywhere except Poulter’s trophy case, either. He said he plans to keep it.

How has Poulter fared with the new flat stick?

At The Open Championship, he shot 72-71-75-67. The Sunday charge included a string of an eagle and three straight birdies on his way to a third-place finish.

Poulter ranked 16th in total putts for the week.

At Firestone, he fared a bit worse, ranking 26th in strokes gained-putting.

The bigger problem for Poulter when it has come to majors? Starting too slowly.

“I’m pretty good under pressure,” he said. “I might not be under enough pressure Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I've made mistakes at the wrong time. It's about me getting myself in position come Sunday afternoon into the back nine and see if I can just press forward.”

 

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