Payne Stewart won the most dramatic US Open in history in 1999 using a SeeMore FGP, taking only 24 putts in the final round at Pinehurst including one-putts on the final three holes and the longest putt to ever win the US Open on the final hole.
Payne also won the overall putting title for the fewest putts per round in 1999.
'07 Masters to go down as true David vs. Goliath story
When it was all over, and the coveted Green Jacket was slipped on his slender shoulders on a chilly Sunday evening at Augusta National, Zach Johnson tried to grasp the enormity of what he had just accomplished. After all, this was no ordinary win. This was the Masters, and he had just defeated the best players in the world, including Tiger Woods. (click PLAY button below)
ELS PRODUCES LOWEST ROUND SINCE 2002
- 01 December 2006 at 19:09
South Africa’s Ernie Els produced a sparkling 67 in the second round of the NGC on Friday, his lowest at the tournament since 2002, thanks to confidence in his knee and a dot on his putter.
Els moved to five-under for the tournament, still five shots behind leader Jim Furyk; a deficit that he could well make-up on the weekend.
In 2002 Els shot 63 in the final round on the way to victory, but since then he has shot 72, 75, 74, 69, 70, 74, 72, 71, 72, 70, 73, 75, and 72.
“I feel like I’m swinging nicely and I’m hitting the ball solidly,” Els said. He also admitted to favouring the knee he injured in a sailing accident in 2005 and that he was readjusting his swing to compensate for it.
The SeeMore Putter Company
follows up on the growing success of its flagship putter line by launching the
new mSeries DB4, which features RST2 technology. The DB4 is the most exciting
new product launch from SeeMore in many years, as it offers a very simple,
effective, and innovative twist on a classic design. RST2 alignment technology expands the proprietary alignment
benefits of SeeMore’s patented RifleScope Technology (RST) to a classic blade
design with offset hosel for the first time.
“The new DB4, like all of
the SeeMore putters before it, is one that solves one of the most fundamental
problems in putting, that of consistently accurate alignment at address. It
offers the confidence to make a fundamentally solid and repeatable putting
stroke each and every time, said Jim Grundberg, SeeMore’s Managing Partner. “The RST2
patented alignment feature is extremely exciting in that it has been developed
with the input of the world’s best tour players over the past 2 years and
simply makes a great putter design better by improving a player’s ability to
set up square to the intended target line.”
The RST2 alignment system is housed on the top
of the hosel vs. the original RST system that is found on the top heel section
of the putter. The 2 white lines
on top of the hosel are milled perfectly parallel to the face of the putter,
creating a perfect "gun sight" effect where the golfer is assured of
being square to the intended target line when the white lines are visible and
the signature red dot is hidden. The RST2 system also assures that the loft of
the putter head will be optimal for perfect roll on every putt. The golfer also can be confident that
by lining up the 2 white lines, and making sure the red is not visible, that
his eyes and shoulders and hips will all be square to the intended target
line. This means that the golfer
will enjoy a much greater probability of making a consistently perfect stroke
with each and every putt, leading to more made putts and lower scores due to
improved putting. The RST2 brings
most of the key benefits of SeeMore's patented and proven RST (RifleScope)
technology to the large golfing population that loves the classic looks of this
type of putter.
DB4 is 100% milled in the USA, and is available in a beautiful platinum finish
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The DB4 is also available in
100% milled carbon steel with a proprietary multi-layer black satin finish for
striking and lasting beauty, the first of a new series called mSeries CS
Gunmetal Black, for $295.
In 2009, five players using SeeMore putters on a regular basis on the PGA Tour finished in the top 80 positions on the money list. All told 10 players in the final 125 on the money list used SeeMore's patented and proven RifleScope alignment technology at key times during the season, including 3 victories and eleven top 10 finishes. SeeMore also had 2 of the top 20 on the final 2009 LPGA Tour Money List use its putters prominently, including a victory at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International.
SeeMore originally became recognized when Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open playing a SeeMore putter. Stewart one-putted the last three holes to win the championship by one stroke. He sunk what's considered to be the longest putt in Open history on the 18th hole to win the tournament. Stewart also won the putting title for fewest putts per round over the entire 1999 season. The brand was re-launched in 2007, and immediately regained worldwide prominence as Zach Johnson used a SeeMore FGP to win the 2007 Masters. Johnson also se the all-time putting record on the Nationwide Tour for the entire season in 2003 (1.699 putts/GIR).
The major story in 2009 on tour for SeeMore was the continued excellence of Johnson finishing 4th on the PGA Tour Money List with earnings of $4.7 million, a new career high. He established himself as one of the greatest players in the world with 3 victories over a 12-month stretch, including the 2008 and 2009 Valero Texas Open and the 2009 Sony Hawaiian Open, to add to his 2007 MAsters victory and 6 overall tour titles. He also recorded the lowest round of the year on the PGA Tour in 2009, a 60 in the 3d round at the Texas Open, which makes him the only player in the history of the PGA Tour to have 2 career rounds of 60 or better, his first 60 coming in the 3d round of the 2007 Tour Championship at East Lake. Johnson's pair of 60's is the last 2 rounds or better on the entire PGA Tour.
Very quickly the SeeMore Putter has become the choice when golfers are looking to improve their putting stroke. Each day more and more are contacting us about questions on the putter. Golfers wanting to improve their putting googleus on the internet and learn very quickly why SeeMore helps in all areas of the putting stroke - alignment, set-up, posture and grip. Learning this simple system leads to confidence when using the putter - which leads to lower putting strokes per round - which leads to lower scores.
Our putters are around 2.5-3.5 degrees of loft,which is the angle of the face when striking the ball. These lofts will make sure you put optimal roll on the ball when you have your hands in the right place as mandated by the SeeMore putter (hide the red dot!).
On the lie angle, that is a different angle, that of the shaft to the head...and 70 degrees is usually a perfect lie angle to start with which is our standard.
On which types of putters for different strokes, in reality the arc and the pendulum go hand in hand, the arc meaning that the putter head goes slightly open and to the inside on take away, comes through square and impact, and releases slightly closed and to the inside of the line after impact. This is the natural arc.
The pendulum refers to the tempo of the putt, meaning on short putts the putter head travels back and through at the same pace and the same short distance back and then through..a one...two tempo...but on longer putts the putter travels back further along the arc, then travels further past the ball on impact...always staying on the arc..so the putter head is always square to the arc. All of our putters are ideal for this type of stroke, it is personal preference, but we would say blades tend to work best.
The other type of stroke golfers refer to is the straightback and straight through...which we believe and most believe is simply not possible to achieve...without significant wrist action as one would need to close or hood the putter on take away, and would need to slice open the putter as the stroke moves through..because turning on an arc so to try to keep the putter square to square involves this type of complicate manipulation...so one might think you are putting this way but it will be a struggle for sure. After reviewing many, many putting strokes the above explanation is our meaning of each type of stroke.
We encourage you to do some research onPat O'Brien, who instructs many tour players..atPatOBrienGolf.com, or you can link to him throughSeeMore.com. Your putting will improve, and you will understand all of the great benefits of SeeMore. Call us at the office and we can get a putter custom built for you that will greatly improve your putting.
Lastly, this past Sunday was the 10 year anniversary of the passing of Payne Stewart. Here is a great link that we would like to share with you -Remembering Payne Stewart 10 Years Later. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news??
In the July issue, I wrote about how to use the design of the putter effectively to free up your stroke(see here). It requires a neutral, balanced setup, where fundamentals matter.
In the coming months, I will discuss grip, alignment and ball position of a proper setup. While not imperative to have perfect fundamentals, they allow you to return the putter to square more easily.
When you are able to return to the putter to square without thought, you can fully take advantage of a solid pre-putt routine. The routine is highly individual. I would merely like to make some suggestions as to what it is should include.
Back in 2004 at The Byron Nelson, Zach Johnson and I developed the routine he still uses today. It is very gratifying to see it work under the most intense pressure situations. I am just as proud of helping him create this as I am helping him develop a stroke that repeats time and again.
Readers of The Hackers Paradise are no strangers to SeeMore putters. Over the last year we have reviewed a variety of their products and each one left us grinning and asking for more. Last year we had the opportunity to review the new SeeMore SB1 Mallet and came away with a new understanding of how a putter can help your game. Earlier this year we got a chance to have our testers try out the Stainless FGP & FGP2and it became the 1st and only putter we have ever reviewed that got 100% approval from our testing panel. A few months back we had our Huge Putter Shoot Outwith 27 different putters tested by an unbiased panel of judges and the SeeMore M2 finished number one in performance. From there we had our Bi-Annual THP Reader Awardsin which SeeMore Putters swept both the blade and mallet categories with the SB1 and the M1. SeeMore finished up last month with having THP review the mFGP and mFGP2to rave reviews and setting the bar even higher for them to reach for.
However with the exception of the rave reviews they have received on sites all across the internet, we wanted our readers to be able to learn a little more about this small company that has a truly unique passion for this game and the equipment used. The pictures accompanying this piece are all pictures of a putter that is available right from SeeMore. By clicking on each image, you will get them to enlarge and really showcase the fine details that go into these works of art. The putter is from the Private Reserve Collection and readers can get much more information on this collection by joining the SeeMore Players Club. You can read all about this club on their personal blog. We wanted to showcase something incredibly unique and special and we think that this one does just that.
THP has been fortunate enough to spend some time with “team SeeMore” and learn all about this great company and we asked some of the members of that team to put something together to describe SeeMore as a whole rather than us trying to relay those messages.
From SeeMore: As we all try to deal with a difficult economy, here are some thoughts on how and why SeeMore is experiencing some real growth and positive momentum in 2009.
In tougher times, consumers of any enthusiast category, and certainly golf, will still seek out new and improved products that offer authentic game improvement benefits. However they may be more discriminating than ever in demanding true innovation and game improvement, and may search harder in trying to find something that is truly special, truly different, truly impactful to their game. They will seek out product that is validated not by flashy marketing but instead by word of mouth recommendations from friends or respected colleagues, teachers, and equipment specialists. Any new expenditure is more likely to be viewed as an investment, and the golfer is seeking the greatest return on investment. There is a growing group of golfers who would rather a product offer them a means to improve their game for the long term in a classic sense, one where their own effort combined with the product will produce optimal long term gains. They are becoming more and more wary of products that simply offer a short term masking of a problem but do not help fix the problem in any way. Last but not least, golfers will gravitate toward owning a product which offers psychological and emotional value as well as intrinsic functional value. Product needs to work, but the experience of trying it and buying it needs to be incredible as well, including the quality of the craftsmanship and materials, and the customer service experience behind the product.
Below is a excerpt of an article thatPat O'Briendid for the Texas Links Magazine. Give us your thoughts and feedback.
If you're struggling with your putting, perhaps understanding the design of the putter will help to free your stroke. A putter is essentially a weight on a stick, and the shaft goes into the head at an angle less than 90 degrees, usually around 70 degrees.
The balance point of the putter is about 6 inches from the head. If you held the putter lightly in your fingers, when you let it swing, you would see that the head travels on a natural arc and it comes up out of the ground. It also returns to square at impact with no effort. That is what it is designed to do.
If you are not allowing this to happen, you are putting forth too much effort into your stroke. The putter isn't designed to go straight back and straight through, or square to square.
To quote instructor Jim Hardy, "If we played pool or shuffleboard, where we stood on the target line, straight back and straight through works, but we stand to the side of the ball, so there has to be an arc."
Also, if you're trying to keep the putter low on the backswing, you are moving the bottom of the swing behind the ball. This would cause you to use your trailing arm to accelerate the putter to get it back to the ball. Speed is hard to judge when you have forced acceleration. The putter is designed to swing with a rhythm that resembles a pendulum. It's designed to swing up on the backswing and then fall down on the way through. It's not designed to swing low going back, and then forcefully finish high on the follow through.
When people come to me for help, I look to their set up for clues as to why the putter isn't swinging freely. If you are having challenges, here are a few things to look for:
Pat O'Brien is the putting coach of two of the PGA Tour’s best putters, 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson and Ryder Cupper Vaughn Taylor. Find more of Pat's teachings and DVD's at www.patobriengolf.com
Eye dominance can play a role in putting, but only if you allow it. I do not want to downplay peoples' concerns about it, rather I want to relate my years of experience in how to neutralize it. I also want to warn you about how you can avoid it, which will get into what kind of putter I believe you should use.
Let me start with eye dominance in my own putting. I am right eye dominant and consequently, I am predisposed to aiming to the right with my putter. I then swivel my head and look across my body at my target, effectively throwing my left eye out of the way so that my right eye can take over. This is something that I will have to be aware of for as long as I play golf. The left eye dominant people that I work with usually have the opposite problem. They aim left of their target and then use their left eye to focus on it as they look away from their bodies. Please understand that these are general statements. I have seen left eye dominant people aim right and vice versa. But to be honest, I have never paid much attention to any of this, even though it makes for interesting conversation. I am more concerned with how to aim properly.
There are putter fitters out there who believe that you may aim a certain shape better than another, or that a certain amount of offset or the kind of neck on the putter can help. I am sure that this is all true and that they are wonderful fitting systems. If you do not have access to these, or if you do not want to spend the money, I think I can get you to aim better by following some principles. Again, I am talking about having success with the hundreds of students that have come to me over the years, so it is not theory I am discussing.
It is no surprise to most that I advocate a SeeMore putter and their system. I make no apologies for this, but I also have some students who do not use a SeeMore. It does not matter to me what they use, as long as they know where they are aiming. A SeeMore putter in its simplest form has what is called Rifle Scope Technology, which is a straight in shaft with two white lines and a red dot under the shaft on the heel of the putter. Trap the shaft between the two white lines, cover the red dot and you are square to your target. Much like aiming a gun, the sightlines are clean and undistorted. I do not think I could aim a gun very well if the scope was offset from the barrel! As I do not want to turn this into an outright pitch for SeeMore, please feel free to research the company on your own.
All of this bears a point: if the shaft is straight in, and the aiming line is on top of the putter and not behind the shaft, then you are more likely to get your nose down the shaft and keep it there. As I wrote in my "Importance of a Level Spine"post, if your shaft is vertical and your nose is down the shaft, then your eyes are parallel to your aiming line. Very simple. It has been my experience that people who use offset putters, where the aiming line is behind the shaft, tend to aim right because their eyes tend to gravitate to the aiming line. This places the nose behind the shaft, so the eyes are cocked to the right. Payne Stewart was this way when he putted with an offset blade. I have some good players who get this way, and I am always correcting their eyelines. (Maybe they should switch too!)
Now that your eyes are parallel, it is time to learn how to look at the target correctly. The one drill that Zach and Vaughn and now Ted do weekly is to get on a chalk line, usually on Tuesday of a tournament week. Using that, or even a line on your floor at home, will teach you how to look down your line. The advantage of the chalk line, if your Superintendent will allow it, is that you always line up square and you see eight foot putts go in repeatedly. Good for confidence! When you are on the line, trace your eyes down it. They will triangulate to a point that is still on that line. They are now working in concert, therefore neither eye is dominant. You now know how to aim. You can also practice on this line by closing your dominant eye. This will give you a clearer indication of how your head needs to swivel, and it may even strengthen the other eye.
To summarize, when your spine is level, your hands are centered to your body, your shaft is vertical and your nose is down the shaft, your eyes are parallel to the aiming line on the putter. When you look down your target line correctly, you have now effectively neutralized any eye dominance. If you insist on using an offset putter, with the shaft angling backwards, then you are feeding the beast, so to speak. I am not saying you cannot aim properly in this scenario, I just happen to believe it is that much harder. Speaking from experience, of course. Putt great!