Rory McIlroy is off to a wicked start at the U.S. Open, holding a seven-shot lead midway through the second round as of this writing.
Rory McIlroy’s putter is a Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype, which is a classic Anser-style blade. This putter represents a switch from the Cameron Fastback prototype mid mallet that McIlroy wielded at the 2011 Masters, and that he used to win the Quail Hollow Championship last year.
Another interesting note: McIlroy stands at five feet, 10 inches, which is the average male height. However, his putter is 33 inches long, which is shorter than the so-called standard 35- and 34-inch putters that are predominant in retail outlets.
This is yet another example of how the professionals are careful to make sure that their putters are fit to their individual physique and stroke. For the professionals, there is no such thing as a “standard” putter, because they can’t afford to be careless about how their putter fits.
Can McIlroy maintain his momentum and deliver a Tiger-like beatdown of the U.S. Open field with his new putter in hand, or will he fade down the stretch with shades of Augusta? Stay tuned.
P.S. For more information on how you can take some simple steps for a better fit and better results on the green, check out Putter Perfection by PutterZone.com editor Sean Weir.