Tiger Woods won the Quicken Loans National tournament in 2009 and 2012. Despite his success in this event Woods continues to wrestle with the flat stick. “I haven’t putted well for four tournaments now,” said Woods. The last time he had success on the greens was the Players Championship. Woods said the ball was going in but, “It didn’t quite feel right.”
When asked what changed with his putting he responded, “I don’t know and that’s been the frustration part.” He continued to say that he has been, “Putting for hours to try to figure it out,” and “experimenting” to “find something that I can feel.”
Tiger Woods hands his putter to his caddie Joe LaCava before teeing off on the sixth hole during the Pro-Am prior to the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac on June 27, 2018 in Potomac, Maryland. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Woods said that he has been working on the “swing of the putter, getting my body in the right positions and seeing the lines again.” He called this process “a vicious cycle.”
He said that he has been looking for a putter with more “swing” and he says that the Ardmore 3 “swings more than mine.” Woods first started practicing with the Ardmore 3 TaylorMade TP Collection mallet type putter while on vacation last week in the Bahamas.
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He remained hopeful about finding that feeling again. “Once I start to get that ball rolling on my lines then I’ll be back to putting like I was,” said Woods.
Tiger is fifth in strokes gained tee to green, fourth in both approach and around the green but is 89th in strokes gained putting this season. His ball striking continues to be outstanding. “I’m pretty excited about the way that I have hit the golf ball. I’ve done things that I haven’t done in over a decade,” said Woods.
He is just missing one piece to his game and he knows it. “If I had that same putting stroke I had earlier in the year with the ball striking that I’ve had that would be where I want to get to. I just have to put both of those things together at the same time.”
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