What Putter Is Jaco Van Zyl Using In The Joburg Open?

Jaco Van Zyl's Cleveland putter was a big topic of discussion on social media after he was seen using it in the Joburg Open first round

What Putter Is Jaco Van Zyl Using In The Joburg Open?
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Jaco Van Zyl's Cleveland putter was a big topic of discussion on social media after he was seen using it in the Joburg Open first round

What Putter Is Jaco Van Zyl Using In The Joburg Open?

Jaco Van Zyl caused quite a storm on social media during the first round of the Joburg Open.

Not because of any ridiculous shots or odd behaviour, fans were intrigued by his putter.

That's because it was barely larger than the ball, some amateurs may even manage an air-shot if they used it!

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The putter is a Cleveland Smart Square Stubby, which was originally brought out in 2014 as a training tool.

The company say it was designed to 'positively influence the putting stroke and the mental approach to striking the ball accurately and consistently' and to 'build a stroke for beginners and reinforce a good one for experienced players'.

What Putter Is Jaco Van Zyl Using In The Joburg Open?

 

It seemed to work well for the 14-time Sunshine Tour winner, who shot one under par in his opening round on Royal Johannesburg and Kensington's East Course.

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To put it in the bag for a tournament shows either that he is lacking in confidence on the greens, or that his putting stroke is absolutely perfect because anything but a perfect stroke would surely end up looking quite silly.

what putter is jaco van zyl using

Van Zyl may have made the change after what happened at the recent Qatar Masters.

In a sudden-death playoff with Jeunghun Wang and Joakim Lagergren, he was the only man to hit the par-5 18th green in two but three-putted to hand the title to Wang who made birdie.

It incorporates the same black and white square graphics that we've seen with Cleveland's Smart Square putter.

How do you think you would get on with the Smart Square Stubby?

 

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x