World No.1 Scottie Scheffler Considering Putter Switch Ahead Of US Open

The Texan has been testing a different putter to try and turn his form around on the greens

Scottie Scheffler looks on after hitting a putt
Scheffler says he's undecided over whether he's switching putters this week
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Scottie Scheffler says we'll find out on Thursday whether he puts in a new putter at this week's US Open.

The World No.1 is on an incredible run of form, having not finished outside the top-12 in any tournament since October, and tops the PGA Tour's Strokes Gained statistics for Off the tee, Tee to green, Approach and 'Total'.

Despite that set of remarkable stats, as well as two victories and six other top-fives already this year, he has surprisingly struggled on the greens.

The Texan ranks 148th in the PGA Tour's Strokes Gained: Putting statistics, losing an average of 0.231 shots per round on the greens compared to last season where he gained 0.202 shots per round in putting to rank 58th.

At the Memorial Tournament earlier this month, he gained over 20 strokes on the field from tee to green, which was the second-best SG: Tee to green total since the ShotLink era began in 2004. Despite that, he lost 8.5 strokes on the field in putting and still only missed out on the playoff by a single shot.

"I'm most proud of what I did mentally there to still somehow give myself a chance to win when I wasn't putting my best," he said. 

"I think that's something that I've worked on over the years out here being on Tour, is having that kind of mental edge and not taking things -- I don't know if too seriously is the right word, but sometimes I'd let a few bad swings or bad putts ruin my day, and I didn't do that, and I haven't done that in a while.

"I'm very proud of the kind of consistent results that I've put up on the board."

At Los Angeles Country Club this week, the World No.1 has been pictured testing a different Scotty Cameron putter to his usual model - and he's keeping his cards close to his chest as to whether he's making the switch.

"It looks a lot like mine but it's just a little bit bigger," he said of the model he was testing. "I don't know what it's called, but it's just slightly bigger than the one that I use."

Will it be going into the bag for the US Open? "You guys can find out Thursday," he said.

"I don't ever take decisions on switching equipment lightly. I think it's strange that I've been struggling the past few weeks with my putter.

"The PGA I actually felt like I rolled it pretty good. Few putts here or there that lipped out that should have gone in. Memorial obviously had an off week on the greens or probably would've won that one.

"I mean, sometimes you just got to bring another putter around there to make the original one scared. I've never really been one to try and overthink things, so I try and keep things as simple as possible.

"I looked at that one that's a little bit bigger, and I still am kind of undecided on what I think of it.

"Putting is such a weird thing. Sometimes when you're on the green sometimes when you feel good you feel like you're never going to miss and then sometimes when you feel terrible you feel like you're never going to make.

"Putting is just so different than the rest of the game, so when it comes to putters, it's all personal."

Scheffler plays with two big name Californians Collin Morikawa and Max Homa at 8.13am local on Thursday and 1.43pm on Friday afternoon in the opening two rounds.

The World No.1 finished T2nd last year at The Country Club. He has seven top-10s, including his 2022 Masters win, in his last 12 Major starts and enters this week as tournament favorite.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x