PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Dustin Johnson has bounced between three different putter brands over the last several years, using various Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade and Odyssey models.
There's a chance Johnson could add a fourth name to the list after he was spotted using Edel Golf's The Brick putter — he also had his current Scotty Cameron Prototype in the bag — during a Tuesday practice round at THE PLAYERS Championship.
So what made Johnson consider a new putter? According to David Edel, the founder of Edel Golf, Johnson took a liking to Bryson DeChambeau's The Brick putter after the two played together during recent practice rounds.
Johnson's management team reached to Edel to have him build a few putters for the 9-time PGA TOUR winner. Instead, Edel did them one better, flying out to Jupiter, Florida two weeks ago to personally fit Johnson for a new putter.
"I spent 90 minutes with him fitting him for the putter," Edel said. "He said he rolled it better than anything he's rolled in a long time, and commented on the simple look, which he really liked. He also felt is was really balanced and gave him phenomenal feedback."
The 352-gram putter Johnson is using this week is a stock The Brick model that's 35 inches with a 21-gram weight in the heel, and a non-tapered grip (round) that promotes constant grip pressure and less face rotation during the stroke.
"I'm not saying it's the most pretty putter in the world," Edel said, "but it's the most simple."
The design behind the putter centers around the company's torque balanced technology that reduces head twisting during the stroke. Edel removed weight from the toe and added it to the heel through an interchangeable weight that allows the toe of the putter to stick straight up in the air; the weight also makes it possible to increase or decrease head weight depending on personal preference and green speeds.
In his brief time on TOUR, DeChambeau has already made in equipment circles. In addition to the same-length irons, his success with The Brick putter has made other players take notice.
J.B. Holmes started using an Edel E-1 Torque Balanced model at the Shell Houston Open and Robert Rock finished runner-up at the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II with The Brick.
Jordan Spieth even took time to study DeChambeau's putter earlier this year in Abu Dhabi and proclaimed it was the “the best-looking putter I’ve seen in a long time.”
"There's definitely been some increased interest in the putter," Edel said. "We've been fielding calls from players to try it out. We're staying busy and that's never a bad problem to have."