After cleaning up a corporate function at Tees Indoor Golf last night, I came across something one of the individuals left behind. Stuck in one of our rental bags was an original Ping Zing 2 putter. I know this putter wasn't ours, but man did it ever bring back a time for me when I putted so well, I feared nothing. In 1999, I changed putters to a brand new Ping Zing 2i. The Isopur insert is probably one of the best inserts that's ever been in a putter face and I was fortunate to have it my bag for a few years. When I got it, I cut it down to my standard 32 inches and layered on the lead tape. Quick note: Lead tape on a putter should always be put...
on the sweet spot and not on the bottom. Right from the first round I had that putter, I was deadly. I was so confident with that putter in my hands that people were giving me matches before the round started at the club. I wasn't the longest or most accurate player in my early amateur days, but man.. inside 10 feet were like gimme's. I once had 8 putts in 9 holes and used the putter on all 9 holes. I shot a course record 64 with that putter and credit that round solely on my putting. I made bad ball striking rounds good. I won Club Championships, Invitationals, GAO Qualifiers, and many $10 nassau's. Then in 2004, I sold that putter for $50.00 and went with a King Cobra Bobby Grace, which I did putt well with. But since I sold that putter, I've seen my putting deteriorate. The morale of the story isn't that a certain putter can give you super powers around the green. The morale is that when you're confident with your stroke and you love the look of a putter and you have a solid routine, anything is likely to find the bottom of the hole. before I got rid of that putter I only had one other putter to my name. Since 2004, I have over 15 different putters that I've had in the bag. However, I have a Rife Cayman Island Series putter that I now use and this time I'm not getting rid of something that works so well.
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