|A NEW REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN
PROS & CONS
A COMMENTARY ON EGO AND IGNORANCE
Over the last few years of "sidesaddling", I have observed that everybody seems to have an opinion of this style. Most are positive in nature after watching me putt or trying it themselves. It's hard to contradict the evidence but many still refuse to switch but they can't tell me why. I know what the "hidden objection" is... I used to feel it myself when I first started. I can read their minds... "No matter how much better I might putt this way, I'm gonna look silly and that's more important."
THIS UNSOLICITED, GOLF PROFESSIONAL'S OPINION SUMS IT UP
This club pro's ego showed when he got cornered.
Last summer, after a demo and sale of a putter at Desert Rose Golf Course here in Vegas, I was hanging around the pro shop looking for professional comment on "sidesaddle"... as always.
The resident pro behind the register (who will remain nameless since he never told me.) had only one comment... "That won't help... either you are a good putter or not. It's just that simple."
"Are you a good putter?" I asked.
"Better than most. I'm a pro" He answered.
In hopes of showing off a little, I challenged him to a putting match for a Coke. I didn't have anything to lose and I might even convert him if I could get him to try it out on the putting green. It was closing time and he was getting off work so he agreed.
Much to my surprise, it was "no contest" and he gave up after only a few holes.
"Well, wuddaya think?" I asked... sipping a Coke that tasted delightfully like champagne.
"I think it's cheating and a crutch for poor putters" "And besides, it's not the way the game is supposed to be played. It's a gimmick and I think when you put equipment into the game that takes away from a persons skill it detracts from the traditional essence of the game and the USGA ought to ban it."
This... from an "expert" who carries perimeter weighted, investment cast irons and graphite shafted titanium "metals" to hit 1OO compression, long distance, high spin rate, surlyn covered golf balls with a balata feel. One would think this "traditionalist" would be more comfortable with his "skills" playing hickory shafts and gutta purcha balls.
I think he had a "hidden objection".
What about you? Will you let this "hidden objection" keep you from standing up and facing your putting problems? .... or maybe you just don't have any. If that's the case, let us know so we can watch for you on the leader board every week.