Vijay Singh Turning to Training Aids to Improve Putting
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When Vijay Singh was paired in the final group with Tiger Woods Saturday at Hazeltine, his putting, specifically his short putting, proved to be his downfall. The Fijian missed several critical putts and fell from contention.
On Wednesday at Liberty National, Singh, using his traditional-length Never Compromise Milled Series 1 putter, hit several putts along a metal yardstick. He was not aiming at a hole, but instead trying to make the ball smoothly roll down the 1-inch wide, 3-foot-long stick. When he was successful, Singh knew that his putter's face was square at impact. (Click on the top image for a better look.)
A short time before, Sean O'Hair had shown Singh a training aid, a Putting Stick, that is designed to help players practice the same drill. O'Hair's caddie, Paul Tesori (who used to be on Singh's bag), told me that O'Hair had recently started using the devise because he'd had good results with it as a junior. (Honestly, it's a 46-inch piece of 3/8-inch thick Plexiglas.)
Chad Reynolds, Singh's caddie, borrowed the devise after Singh had putted on the yardstick for about 10 minutes. The winner of last season's Barclay's Championship seemed to like it. (Click on the lower images for a better look.)
If Singh is going to successfully defend his Barclays crown, as well as his FedEx Cup title, he may need to log some serious hours with these training aides.
(Photos by David Dusek)