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August 1, 2012 - 12:29pm
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John Holmes
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Steve Flesch
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Steve Flesch believes that long putters don't eliminate mistakes.

One of my favorite parts about covering big tournaments is the chance to talk golf with the people who are playing the game at the highest level. The next best thing to being there might be to "listen in" to some of these conversations on social media, and recently there was a fascinating exchange on Twitter between PGA Tour veterans Steve Flesch and Bob Estes regarding one of the big equipment issues of the day.

Here’s a recap of their discussion:

Flesch to Estes: Don't waste time with this long putter nonsense, by which Ernie [Els] and Adam [Scott] were nearly last in putting [at the British Open], look at the ball. The real issue

Estes to Flesch: True, but would Ernie & Adam have finished 1 & 2 without the long or belly putter? They obviously thought it helped them. But you're right! The ball got away from the ruling bodies, as did the size of driver heads.

Flesch to Estes: From a guy who has used every type, length, and method of putting, I believe that belly and long don't eliminate mistakes.

Estes to Flesch: No method is foolproof. What matters is, does anchoring the putter make you a better putter than you would be otherwise?

Flesch to Estes: agree entirely, but anchoring doesn't appear to help so much that it needs to be banned.

Estes to Flesch: How can you say that when 3 of last 4 majors have been won with belly putters. They don't putt that way 2 putt worse!

If you’d like to follow these guys on Twitter, Flesch is at @Steve_Flesch and Estes is at @BobEstesPGA.

And, of course, you can follow PGA.com at @PGA_com

August 1, 2012 - 12:23pm
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John Kim
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Special Olympics PSA
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A powerful new Public Service Announcement from the Special Olympics highlights some of the benefits of golf

As the Olympics are in full swing and you're enjoying the greatest athletes go 'faster, higher, stronger' - there are other athletes who may do an even better job of defining "winning." A friend sent me this link the other day and it truly touched everyone that watched. Think you should too.

Watch the video here.

August 1, 2012 - 12:03pm
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John Holmes
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Congrats to the U.S. women's gymnastics team for bringing home the Olympic gold medal in the team competition on Tuesday. Gymnasts' athleticism is always impressive, and I am especially amazed at the things they can do on the balance beam without falling off and killing themselves, or at least breaking an ankle. The difficulty of performing all those moves on the beam really came into focus for me when someone pointed out that the beam is 4 inches across while a golf hole is 4 1/4 inches across.

So remember that the next time you’re putting – as small as the cup looks, at least you’re just trying to roll a ball into it, not execute a double-reverse cartwheel with a twist.

Golf doesn’t seem quite so hard now, does it?

 

August 1, 2012 - 11:45am
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John Kim
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Crocs' latest golf shoe

The trend towards the "comfort shoe" in golf disturbs me just a little. And yes, I own a few pairs of the new style overwhelming the market and wear them more often than not when playing. They feel great. My concern isn't the functionality or the design. It's the shirt. Wait, what? The more casual appearance of the new shoes foretell of a time when tee shirts or tank tops may become acceptable apparel choices. Ridiculous concern? Probably. But one I have nonetheless. Nobody has desginated me the guardian of golf traditions and I like to think I'm a bit more forward thinking than the average golf guy. But the "look" of a golfer has always had an appeal - classy, refined, clean. I just hope that doesn't change as styles get a bit more avant garde.

July 31, 2012 - 7:07pm
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David Duval has always marched to the beat of his own drum. I've followed him since his days at Georgia Tech and have talked to him a few times. Was always pleasant enough to me. People forget he was, at one time, the number 1 ranked player in the world. And now it's come to this.

Duval falls on hard times. 

July 30, 2012 - 1:46pm
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John Kim
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Zach Johnson wielded his SeeMore FGP putter during his second victory of 2012 at the John Deere Classic.

This week’s edition of What’s in the Winners’ Bags is up, and you can see it here http://www.pga.com/golf-equipment/winners-bag/whats-in-winners-golf-bags-week-july-15-2012

A few quick observations:

1. After winning the Senior PGA Championship with a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 1.5 putter seven weeks ago, Roger Chapman took it out of his bag and replaced it with a Rife Aruba and then won the U.S. Senior Open. Both putters are Anser-style blades that look and feel fairly similar to each other. Just goes to show that even after by far the biggest victory of his career, Chapman – like all the rest of us – is never fully satisfied with his gear.

2. Johnson proved more loyal to his flatstick, winning both his 2012 titles with an FGP Black model from SeeMore. It’s fairly rare when one of the smaller companies wins a big tournament, so a week in which underdog puttermakers capture both of the two biggest events on U.S. soil is well worth noting.

3. Zach Johnson (John Deere Classic) and Roger Chapman (U.S. Senior Open) both won on Sunday, and both also won on May 27 (Johnson at Colonial and Chapman at the Senior PGA Championship). So each has two wins on the year, and both came on the same days.