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Collin Morikawa contending at The Country Club after switching putters

Collin Morikawa contending at The Country Club after switching putters
Collin Morikawa contending at The Country Club after switching putters

BROOKLINE, Mass. — At 25, and obtaining currently received the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 British Open, it’s tough to criticize Collin Morikawa’s video game way too significantly. Set a 5-iron in his fingers and Morikawa is revenue (he ranks fifth on the PGA Tour in strokes attained method the environmentally friendly and was No. 1 previous season), but kryptonite for this Superman is placing. Give him a putt four to 8 ft from the hole and statistically, he’s one particular of the worst on Tour (building 66.41 % and rating 154th).

But so far this 7 days at the U.S. Open up, on some of the trickiest greens the players will confront all season, Morikawa’s placing is keeping up. It is a big purpose why he has shot 69-66 and is at the top rated of the leaderboard heading into the weekend. And part of that accomplishment may be due to his new putter.

Collin Morikawa's TaylorMade putter

Collin Morikawa’s TaylorMade putter

Collin Morikawa placing with a TaylorMade GT Spider Rollback at the 2022 U.S. Open up. (Photo: David Dusek/Golfweek)

In an effort to improve his putting, Morikawa created a putter transform just before the start off of The Memorial three months ago, using out his TaylorMade TP Juno and including a TaylorMade Spider GT Rollback.

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The two putters are very distinctive in design and style. Morikawa made use of TaylorMade’s MyTP putter program on his smartphone to style a TP Juno, a heel-toe weighted blade, with an specifically extended neck then experienced PGA Tour reps make it for him. The Spider GT Rollback, which was produced in January, is a semicircular mallet that has a chassis machined using aluminum with an 80-gram tungsten ring in the again of the head. The extra bodyweight increases the second of inertia (MOI) and can make the club a lot more resistant to twisting on off-middle hits. It ought to surely be more forgiving than TaylorMade’s blade-fashion putters.

Morikawa’s putter also has a grooved, Pure Roll deal with insert. There is urethane involving the insert’s aluminum bars to soften truly feel, but the bars issue downward at a 45-degree angle to get the ball at impact and inspire it to roll alternatively of skid.

As a result of two rounds at The Place Club, Morikawa has produced birdie putts from 9, 10, 13 and 14 feet, as properly as par-conserving putts from 6, 8 and 9 ft.

Morikawa’s Spider GT Rollback has a short black line extending back again from the topline rather of the 3 very long lines that arrive on the retail variation. It is 34.75 inches in size, as 2 levels of loft and a 71-degree lie angle. The putter is fitted with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour grip.