Stacy Lewis learns crucial lesson from one ill-timed swing of her putter

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Stacy Lewis has risen to No. 1 in the world despite an unplanned change of putters.
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 5:35 p.m.
Stacy Lewis keeps most of her old golf clubs in the garage at home in Florida, except for three special clubs that are upstairs in a Solheim Cup bag. 
One is her 5-iron that she hit into the 17th hole at St. Andrews last year, the signature shot of her victory in the Ricoh Women's British Open. The other two are putters that produced wins – except one of those putters wasn't meant to be there. 
The first putter is what she used to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her first major, and then she eventually changed putters. 
As for the other? 
"And then the one I had most my wins – all of my wins – in 2012, I decided to bend," she said. "I was able to bend it back, but it was not quite right." 
The smile suggested there was more to the story, and there was. 
he putter was not bent for technical reasons. 
"This was an 'accident' bend," she said. 
Toward the end of last year at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Lewis was going through a spell of mediocre putting when she walked off the fourth green and slammed her putter against the bag. 
On the next hole, she noticed it was bent and she could no longer use a damaged club. She went to a sand wedge to putt with the leading edge, eventually switched to a pitching wedge and even made a couple of 20-footers. She went to a pro shop and found an Odyssey putter – the Callaway staff estimated it to be 8 years old – and had it prepared to her specifications. Lewis went on to tie for second. 
She learned to putt with a wedge in an emergency. She has not slammed her putter against the bag since. And while she was sentimental toward that bent putter, the new one is working out OK. Lewis already has won three times this year and is No. 1 in the world.