FORT WORTH, Texas — Eddie Merrins, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher and the legendary former golf coach at UCLA, told me on Tuesday at Colonial that when Corey Pavin was a Bruin, he putted the way Jerry West shot free throws.
"It seemed like every shot went right into the middle of the cup," Merrins said. "Not on the right side or the left side, but right in the middle. Perfect."
Merrins told me Pavin's putter of choice back then was a brass Bulls Eye. As we watched Pavin on the practice green, we saw the 2010 Ryder Cup captain wielding that same putter.
"Obviously I like the Bulls Eye putters in general," Pavin said Tuesday. "But the shaft on this one is really good. It's soft and it just feels very good to me. So for me, it has a lot to do with the shaft, but that shaft probably wouldn't work on another head."
Pavin has no idea what model shaft is attached to his Bulls Eye, but he knows that it came from Titleist when he got the putter back in 1984.
"People don't think about putter shafts too much," Pavin said. "But if you talk to a guy like Ben Crenshaw, he'll talk a lot about shafts and how they affect the feel of the putter."