SeeMore Putter Company Celebrates 1999 US Open Win at Pinehurst
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 overall putting title for fewest putts per round over the entire 1999 season.
SeeMore Putter Company is celebrating the 15th Anniversary of this famous win by making 100 commemorative FGP Bronze putter heads. These FGP Bronze putter heads have a re-milled face from our original casting from the SeeMore "Vault". Built at the same time and same lot as the putter used to win the 1999 US Open. Each is numbered __/100. Details on each putter head are individually milled and hand paint filled. For more information visit SeeMore.com.
As one of many featured putting instructors with the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi), Hicks now offers any golfer living in the Pinehurst area or travelling there, the opportunity to enjoy Mike's insights on putting with a once in a lifetime tour putting lesson from one of the most respected caddies on the PGA Tour. Hicks has recently opened a putting studio located at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane, NC. Clients have driven from a 500-mile radius to learn the putting techniques of Hicks, or flown in from locations around the world to tie in a visit to Mike along with a Pinehurst golf trip. Hicks has the ability to give a lesson on the outdoor putting green at Mill Creek or in his indoor putting studio with walls that are lined with Tour memorabilia. Or, with enough time to plan, Mike will look to meet his students wherever it works best for them.
Hicks also caters to the junior golfer. With firsthand knowledge of caddying on the PGA Tour, Hicks has seen how important a consistent putting stroke needs to be. A SeeMore putter and SPi give Hicks a simple method to teach all ages. To schedule a putting lesson contact Mike Hicks directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In His Own Words - Mike Hicks - "After 33 years of experience on the PGA Tour and working with the world's best golfers, I have seen what it takes to get there. My putting system is simple but very effective. It is centered on the fundamentals of golf (posture, stance, alignment and grip). I have been teaching this system for over 17 years. Watching Payne Stewart win with the putter in 1999 at the AT&T Pebble Beach and US Open at Pinehurst just solidified how well the putting system works.
I will show you how to play to your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses. You will learn how to practice correctly on the putting green and practice tee. Drills that I have learned from being on the PGA Tour will become part of your regime. You will be taught how to prepare for upcoming events like I have seen so many times in my career on Tour.
Why I play and teach with a SeeMore Putter - The SeeMore is not just a putter it comes with a system, it also gives you a way to putt if you will. The RifleScope Technology (RST) makes sure your set up the same every time. This technology provides a consistent starting point. Once a student gets aimed correctly and hides the red dot a light seems to go off in their head and they become better immediately!!
I have been fortunate enough to witness golf at the highest level inside the ropes. Let me help you get to your highest level of play whether it be college golf or professional golf."
When Mike Hicks caddied in last month’s Byron Nelson Championship, he stayed with a friend of his former boss.
Lamar Haynes was a college teammate of Payne Stewart at SMU, so this was a reunion of sorts with Hicks, who’d spent a dozen years toting Stewart’s bag.
On Tuesday night of that week, they were channel surfing, with Haynes flipping between NBA and NHL playoff games. At one point, both were in commercial, so he clicked over to Golf Channel. As coincidence – or maybe luck – would have it, a rebroadcast of the 1999 U.S. Open final round, during which Hicks caddied Stewart to victory, had just started.
“Lamar goes, ‘Jeez, can you believe this?’” Hicks recalls. “And I said I’d never seen it.”
That’s right. The man who spent so many years walking the fairways with Stewart, the man who witnessed so much heartache and heroism, who leapt into his arms when the final putt dropped that day and spoke at his memorial service a few months later following the plane accident, had never seen the entire final round.
“I’ve got the tape, but I had just never sat down and watched it,” he admits. “If Payne hadn’t passed away in October, at some point that winter I would have watched the tape. But I don’t know – it’s just been strange for me.”
Leading up to next week's US Open at Pinehurst, we would like to share some of the Payne Stewart stories that are reliving his 15th Anniversary of his 1999 US Open win at Pinehurst. Below is a great story from Hannah Storm (ESPN).
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 overall putting title for fewest putts per round over the entire 1999 season.
Thoughts on Growing the Game Part 1 (by CEO - Jim Grundberg)
"Not so Radical" Rules Changes to make the game faster, more fun, for 90% of Golfers.
I recently read about my friend Mark King’s support of growing the game through many initiatives through a commitment to the newly formed initiative called Hack Golf. They’ve got all kinds of great ideas, and the main thing is they are asking everyone for input. And thinking outside the box, to way outside the box (ie. 15 inch Cup for situational use).
Golf needs more golfers. Having more fun. Playing faster. Improving faster. And wanting to come back for more. That is the main message. All ideas are on the table for at least the recreational golfer.
I will share a few thoughts I have, in a 2 part blog, first part today. This is just for fun. Food for thought. Nothing more. Just based on my participating in and observing the game now for many years, at all levels. I’m a 10 handicap.
These ideas may still be seen as way outside the box by the very purist, but I am trying to start with ideas for change that in my opinion would not alter the fundamental experience of the game nearly as much as some that have already been proposed, such as the 15 inch cup.
My goals are to start off by modifying some rules which have a hugely negative impact on enjoyment of the game and pace of play for the recreational golfer, but which are generally not even in play for the highest level golfers. These fun ideas are designed to bring about 3 things immediately for the recreational golfer. More enjoyment while playing. Faster pace. Faster game improvement.
Part 1 Proposal: Modify Rules of the Game. For 90% of Golfers.
1. Eliminate the Out of Bounds Rule. All white stakes would be treated same as red. One shot penalty, point of entry. OB turns 90’s into 100’s, 4 hour rounds into 5 hour rounds. But rarely impacts the best players.
2. Play the ball up. I would do this everywhere, in the rough and the fairway. PGA Tour events actually play the ball up when faced with the conditions of most courses. I’d consider adding bunkers as well.
3. Eliminate the lost ball rule. Another rule that never hurts tour players, because every ball is found by someone. Why should recreational golfers have it tougher? Playing partners choose closest estimated spot. One shot penalty.
4. Red, yellow, white (white same as red) stakes, expand drop options. Drop anywhere between where last shot was hit from and where ball went out. Or keep entry point between next shot and hole. Golfer’s option. 1 shot penalty.
5. Implement Automatic 3 putt rule. Nobody needs to 4 putt during a recreational round. Speeds play.
6. Implement Pace of Play Rule. Help golfers achieve required pace of play. With monitoring tools. And incentives to achieve. There are tools out there. This is more course policy, than rules, but very important.
7. Allow anchored putting. Anchored putters have won Each of the Major Championships recently. New stars have been born who use anchored putting strokes. And some club players enjoy this type of putting. No big deal.
I am proposing these rules for daily play. I will submit one more blog focusing on non rules related ideas in terms of course design, set up, and management, equipment design, etc. that would also enhance the game experience.
Competitive tournaments of course can still stick with whatever rules they want, I am only talking about daily play.
Handicaps would probably be entered same as always, and eventually these changed rules and conditions may simply lower the average players handicap by 10-20%, which would not be a bad thing.
Changing the game in this way could happen in 30 days. Nothing complicated. Better golf. More fun. More rewarding. Grow the game. I am not trying to start a revolution among serious golfers. Please understand that. I think these rules could work for most golfers, and accomplish my 3 goals. Just throwing some ideas out there, for future discussions by any group looking to help grow the game in the ways we all talk about.
SeeMore has expanded their popular PTM line in 2014, in addition to making some enhancements to the existing putters. At $195, this line offers an attractive option for those folks interested in more than just the standard SeeMore line, but are unable to shell out what is needed to creep into their premium offerings.
I'll be reviewing the PTM2w, which is similar to the m2 that many are so fond of. This one features the Whistle Shaft, which is actually appealing to me coming from an offset, plumber neck blade.