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NY Times Archives: Putting Headlines from 1996 with Story Abstracts

Nature - Scientists study Guiding the Swing in Putting

Green Speed - What do Golfers Know?

Ping Club Fitting History

Putter Recommendations

Putter Balancing

Reality Balanced

Yipes! Golfers' yips studied by Mayo

Hemispheric teaching strategies

GOLFonline - Science in Golf Prizes

WSJ.com - Progress in Putting

Scientists Study Golfers' Brains

Golf Digest: Flip-flop: The two sides of Notah Begay's putting. Issue: July, 1999

GOLF: Putter fuels Walton charge - 07/24/1999 Articles & General info - IRELAND'S Philip Walton produced a high octane performance to claim a share of the lead at the Dutch Open - thanks to a putter borrowed from a man he met in a petrol station. Belfast News Letter (newspaper)

JFK's Golf Putter `Overwhelms' Guy Who Got It - 04/26/1996 Articles & General info - It was a surprise of historic proportions for one Chicagoan whoshowed up at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis estate auction Thursday to learn that he soon would be gripping one of John F. Chicago Sun-Times (newspaper)

Friendship is the mother of invention - 12/04/1998 Articles & General info - Twelve-year-old Brian Smith invented the Club Crutcher, a device that transforms a crutch into a golf putter. his invention, Brian won a $10,000 savings bond in a contest. Current Science (magazine)

GOLFonline -- 1998 U.S. Open Championship - Billy Casper profile

GOLFonline - Good Bounces & Bad Lies by Ben Wright

Crenshaw breaks his putter in frustration, 1985 Ryder Cup.

GOLFonline - 1999 PGA Tour: La Vida Franco
Franco's caddie cuts 3" off putter for Masters.

GOLFWEEK: 1997 British Open
Azinger snaps putter in 1996 British Open.

GOLFonline - Rules: A brief history of disqualifications

Ping celebrating 40 years of putters, innovation By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press (May 25, 1999)

GOLFonline - 1999 JCPenney Classic

Azinger's first tournament with belly putter - round 3: "Azinger used wedges to set up short birdie putts on the 561-yard first hole, par-4 second and 576-yard fifth. He added three more birdies from within five feet on Nos. 8, 9 and 11. On No. 14, he hit

GOLFonline - 1999 PGA Tour: Honda Classic
A short putt by Paul Azinger at No. 6 lipped out and hit his foot for a two-shot penalty. He took a quadruple-bogey 8 and finished at 80-151.

Woods' guests steal spotlight at Williams Wor...
"Couples thought about retirement this year when he wasn't getting the results he wanted. Putts stopped going in and he finished the year without a top 10 on the PGA Tour. During the PGA Championship, he walked past Paul Azinger on the practice green an

Pellegrom takes command at 99th Western Amate...
Bryce Mulder starts with belly putter: "Late last month, Mulder switched from a conventional putter to the longer belly putter, similar to that used by Vijay Singh and Paul Azinger. “At the Northern Amateur I missed seven putts within 3 feet,” said Mulder

Dave Pelz - GolfBookReviews.com - Interview

Phil Mickelson - Golf Digest - Interview

Shark.com - Beta Blockers on Tour

Shark.com - Hypnosis in Golf

Brainwave EEG Biofeedback and Golf

CNNSI.com - Golf Plus - Notebook: An Eye for Design (left-hand low)

LASIK surgery gives Tiger eagle eyes

Goosen's Putterhead Loose

WGV Putting Course

Shell Golf Science at WGV

Putt it out of your mind

Mental practice putting

Sweden's Per Nyman credits Swash tip for winning 24 putts


Retief Goosen Wins Scottish Open: Champ Uses Innovative Yes! Golf Putter

The Art of Putters - The Scotty Cameron Story

Secret of putting? It's all in the mind
BBC SPORT | GOLF  | Mental skills for golfers Tiger Woods and putting routine

Sport . scotsman . com - Ballesteros has had a tattoo done on his left forearm of the famous image of him punching the air after holing the winning putt at the 1984 Open at St Andrews.

PGA.com - Broomhandle putter to remain legal October 7, 1999

PGA.com - Industry notes: McLean to endorse Hog putters October 6, 1999

PGA.com - Industry notes: Zoeller signs with Carbite Golf September 13, 1999

PGA.com - Industry notes: Orlimar developing putters, golf balls June 17, 1999
signs Rick Smith as consultant

PGA.com - Industry notes: Nubbins demand exceeds supply June 4, 1999

PGA.com - Lloyd Mangrum elected to Hall of Fame October 28, 1998
Foley's putter hot - 09/21/1999 Articles & General info - Seventy-five players who had qualified from clubs throughout the country took part in the second National Putting Championship at Mount Juliet last week. The 18-hole putting course features a mixture of par twos, threes and fours, ranging in length from 10 to 36 yards, with some very difficult undulations, bunkers and even water hazards to negotiate. Irish Times (newspaper)

A Putter Is Only As Good as a Stroke - 05/29/1999 Articles & General info - Before you take a putting lesson from a PGA Tour professional, it's important to understand that: One, most of the players questioned yesterday at the Kemper Open agreed that being a good putter has very little to do with the putter itself; and two, if you open their lockers, four or five putters are apt to fall out. Washington Post (newspaper)

PUTTER MAGNATE WATSON TIES SHULA AT HERITAGE - 04/20/1996 Articles & General info - Greg Norman gets faxes of support. Tom Watson gets putters -lots of them, in all sizes and configurations. "You ought to see my office," Watson said after successfully using his putter Friday for a second straight 67 and a share of the lead with Jeff Sluman midway through the MCI Heritage Classic. Greensboro News & Record (newspaper)

PRO GOLFERS PUTTER IN THE KITCHEN - 04/07/1999 Articles & General info - If Paul Stankowski ever wins the Masters Tournament, the men with green jackets will be treated to a Champions Dinner more memorable than Tiger Woods' cheeseburgers and shakes or Sandy Lyle's haggis. Augusta Chronicle - Augusta, Georgia (newspaper)

ELS' HOT PUTTER HELPS HIM TO 5-STROKE BULGE - 06/08/1996 Articles & General info - Ernie Els took only 23 putts in a 5-under-par 66 Friday andlengthened his lead to five strokes midway through the BuickClassic. Els' 11-under 131 total tied the tournament record for best 36-hole score when the Westchester Country Club has played to a par 71, set by David Graham in 1976. Greensboro News & Record (newspaper)

Singh finds hot putter - 06/27/1998 Articles & General info - LEMONT, Ill. -- Vijay Singh has been trying putter after putter the past few weeks, never quite finding one that works. He might want to hold on to the one he's using now. Singh of Ponte Vedra Beach had seven birdies yesterday, including one on his last hole, to take the lead midway through the Western Open with an 8under-par 136. Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL (newspaper)

PROS PERPETUALLY PURSUE THAT ONE PERFECT PUTTER - 02/20/1997 Articles & General info - [Frank] Grote's latest fashion is a monstrosity called the Hog. It has a shaft like a fence post and a head like a two-by-four. Although it's surprising light, it's so big you'd figure a good player might hit it 300 yards if he really connected. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (newspaper)

PUTTER POWER PREVAILED - 04/13/1998 Articles & General info - Everyone talks about how length off the tee is always "decisive" at Augusta National, but, as usual, the weekend's best putter left town with the green jacket. That would be Mark O'Meara, who birdied the 17th and 18th holes of yesterday's final round to edge long-knockers David Duval and Fred Couples by one stroke. Richmond Times-Dispatch - Richmond, VA (newspaper)

NEW PUTTER WORKING FOR C-J'S DUFFY - 10/16/1998 Articles & General info - Disappointed in how she played in the sectional two weeks ago, Chaminade-Julien... High School golfer Megan Duffy decided it was time a new putter. So the freshman bought an Odyssey, and she watched her score drop from a 90 at sectional to 82 at the girls state qualifier last week at Hamilton Elks Club. Dayton Daily News (newspaper)

Scheffler putters into Open - 06/03/1999 Articles & General info - CUMMAQUID - By the time John Scheffler Jr. completed his cross- handed putting experiment yesterday he found himself in a deep hole with little hope of qualifying the Massachusetts Open barring a brilliant comeback. Scheffler, an assistant pro at Ocean Edge, 3-putted the third hole at Cummaquid Golf Club a bogey. Boston Herald (newspaper)

GMO NOTES Outburst costs Roberts a putter Golfer breaks its head, has to finish ... - 09/07/1998 Articles & General info - Loren Roberts' reputation is two-fold. First, he's a man without peer with a putter. Second, he's as even-tempered a man as you will find on the PGA Tour. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (newspaper)

He's catching up, thanks to putter 151 - 07/11/1998 Articles & General info - COAL VALLEY -- In 1977, fresh out of Galesburg High, Barry Cheesman thought he was good enough to play professional baseball. He wasn't. Peoria Journal Star (newspaper)

GOLF - 04/14/1999 Articles & General info - Jim Muschlitz, director of golf operations at Southmoore Golf Club (kneeling), fits a putter for Head Pro Kevin Edwards using technology from Slazenger. Part of that technology is a shaft measuring device (right). Allentown Morning Call (newspaper)

Broken putter, but Lim takes Penang title - 09/20/1999 Articles & General info - LIM Eng Seng hung on to his first round lead to capture the Penang Amateur Open golf tournament at the Bukit Jambul Golf and Country Club yesterday. New Straits Times (newspaper)

Waite swaps putters in search of cure - 08/09/1998 Articles & General info - GRANT Waite heads into Thursday's United States PGA golf championship at his wits end after a disappointing putting display in the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan. The Orlando-based Kiwi missed the halfway cut with rounds of 72 and 73 falling 12 shots behind Brandel Chamblee. Sunday Star-Times (newspaper)

Ehrgott's putter torrid Recent MSU grad leads by a stroke; Golf/Western Amateur - 07/30/1998 Articles & General info - But when you drive it well and putt it even better than that at Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club, anything's possible as it was in Wednesday's first round of the 96th Western Amateur golf championship John Ehrgott. South Bend Tribune (newspaper)

BOLDIN'S PUTTER LETS HIM DOWN AT BAY HILL - 06/29/1998 Articles & General info - For the first three rounds of the 81st Florida State Golf Association's Amateur Championship at the Bay Hill Club here, Sarasota's Mark Boldin was draining putts on a regular basis. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (newspaper)

Hot Putter Seals Victory - 08/10/1998 Articles & General info - Jay Williamson couldn't believe it. Nobody could. Not the 10,000 fans surrounding the natural amphitheater around the 18th green at the Champions Club. Not the marshals holding up their "QUIET" signs. Not the bass player "Blue House" waiting the last putt to drop so he could start laying some serious licks in the party tent. But Matt Gogel's putts kept dropping at the Nike Omaha Classic. Gogel made one from Blair, another from Fremont and then one from Waterloo. Omaha World Herald - Omaha, NE (newspaper)

BEEM WINS KEMPER OPEN HOT PUTTER EARNS ROOKIE FIRST PGA TOUR WIN, BIGGEST PAYCHE... - 05/31/1999 Articles & General info - Rookie Rich Beem, who battled an upset stomach hours before tee time, birdied three of the first five holes and cruised to his first PGA Tour victory yesterday at the Kemper Open. Beem, who putted well all tournament and either led outright or shared the lead after every round, sank a 45-footer on the first hole, a 10-footer on the third and rattled one in from 25 on the fifth. Seattle Post-Intelligencer (newspaper)

MORGAN CREDITS PUTTER CHANGE FOR KROGER CLASSIC WIN - 09/27/1999 Articles & General info - 7-under-par final round earns second win in three weeks MASON - A month ago Gil Morgan changed putters. He put aside the Ping Anserhe has used since the mid-1980s and put a new Dandy putter in his bag. Dayton Daily News (newspaper)

Hot putter fires Funk - 09/05/1999 Articles & General info - The Associated Press SURREY, British Columbia --- Fred Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach, is taking advice from his wife on putting, and it's paying off. Topeka Capital-Journal - Topeka, KS (newspaper)

A PAYNE WITH THE PUTTER AT THE U.S. OPEN - 06/21/1999 Articles & General info - PINEHURST, N.C. -- Payne Stewart's personal moment of redemption came in a light rain on the final domed green at Pinehurst No. 2. With it, came a moment that will become U.S. Columbian (newspaper)

Palmer's putter fails to perform - 07/05/1998 Articles & General info - Try as he might, Arnold Palmer simply couldn't replicate his strong finale on Friday, when he birdied each of the last three holes at Hobbit's Glen to finish at 1-under 71. Washington Times (newspaper)

Golf: Faldo stung by failure with putter - 06/20/1998 Articles & General info - ON US Open days of yesteryear like Thursday, when only nine players broke Olympic's severe par of 70, Nick Faldo was always among their number. Yet Faldo, a winner of three Opens and three Masters, started his second round only too aware that he was heading his fourth missed cut in the last six major championships. An opening round of 77 left Faldo 11 strokes behind the leader, Payne Stewart. The Independent - London, United Kingdom (newspaper)

In the grip of the yips Study attacks malady that strikes fear in putters' heart... - 03/08/1998 Articles & General info - There was a time when Carson Herron would have swallowed live worms if he thought it would have helped. 15 years, Herron suffered from the yips, an affliction faced by thousands of golfers, making average players quit, good ones lose confidence and great ones lose sleep. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (newspaper)

DALY-DONOFRIO FINDS PUTTER - 06/19/1998 Articles & General info - Heather Daly-Donofrio brought all eight of her putters to the practice green last week. After three hours of work with her instructor, Ray Howell, she settled on the Odyssey 662. "It's the one with the best feel because it's got a real soft ," Daly-Donofrio said after shooting a 5-under- par 67 Thursday a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Friendly's Classic at Crestview Country Club. Hartford Courant (newspaper)

DAVIES STILL SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT PUTTER - 09/28/1998 Articles & General info - On a good day at the Berkleigh Country Club, Laura Davies will use her driver only three times. On a bad hole at the Berkleigh Country Club, she'll use her putter that many times. Davies had almost as many 3-putts as she had driver uses on Saturday, which ex Allentown Morning Call (newspaper)

A SMARTER WOODS TURNS TO HIS PUTTER FOR SEVEN BIRDIES AND COURSE RECORD - 08/14/1998 Articles & General info - As his attests, Tiger Woods is in his element amid Sahalee Country Club's thicket of cedar, hemlock and fir trees. But Woods did not navigate Sahalee in the manner one might expect Thursday, en route to the first-round lead of the PGA Championship. He did it with his putter, and without his driver. Buffalo News (newspaper)

Tiger starts forest fire // Ditches driver for putter at Sahalee - 08/14/1998 Articles & General info - REDMOND, Wash. The driver was only show. Tiger Woods couldn't attack tree-lined Sahalee Country Club from the tee in the first round of the PGA Championship, so he left his biggest weapon in the bag and found another one - his putter. Chicago Sun-Times (newspaper)

TIGER'S GOLDEN ON GREENS; PUTTER, NOT DRIVER, DELIVERS TWO- STROKE LEAD - 08/14/1998 Articles & General info - The driver was only show. Tiger Woods couldn't attack tree-lined Sahalee Country Club from the tee in the first round of the PGA Championship, so he left his biggest weapon in the bag and found another one - his putter. Los Angeles Daily News (newspaper)

Tiger's putter for the birds - 08/14/1998 Articles & General info - Success on greens carries Woods to course record, lead REDMOND, Wash. -- The driver was only show. Times Union - Albany, NY (newspaper)

WINDS, PUTTER BETRAY COUPLES BLUSTERY CONDITIONS LEAD TO ROUND OF 74 - 07/18/1998 Articles & General info - Had Fred Couples thought to load up his pants pockets with the ubiquitous potatoes that seem to be the major part of every meal in England, he might have saved himself a stroke or two. "It was hard to stand still," said Couples of the wind that knocked him from his putting stance. Seattle Post-Intelligencer (newspaper)

RICKLES USES HIS PUTTER TO ROLL TO STATE OPEN CHESAPEAKE'S JAY RICKLES FIRES BAC... - 06/16/1998 Articles & General info - Jay Rickles had his best putting day in a year. Eddie Kurpiel III couldn't remember ever putting so poorly. Different strokes different folks. Virginian-Pilot & Ledger-Star - Norfolk, VA (newspaper)

Lunde becomes wonder with putter - 05/29/1998 Articles & General info - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNLV senior Bill Lunde needed only 11 putts to cover the front nine in Thursday's second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Las Vegas Review-Journal (newspaper)

GOLF: GRIBBEN GOES 'SHORTY' FOR DEBUT - 05/31/1999 Articles & General info - EUROPEAN champion Paddy Gribben has decided to "get shorty" and rely on an old pal, as he makes his debut in the British Amateur Open golf championship this week at Royal County Down. Belfast News Letter (newspaper)

SENIOR GOLF: STOCKTON PUTTS WAY TO BIG LEAD * HE IS AHEAD BY SEVEN STROKES WITH ... - 07/07/1996 Articles & General info - BEACHWOOD, Ohio - It is not just the psychedelic grip on DaveStockton's putter that has dazzled the field at the 17th U.S.Senior Open. Stockton is known for his putting ability, but his touch on the greens has been truly exceptional in the first three rounds of this tournament. Stockton, using a putter that was given to him a month ago by Dona Caponi, the two-time winner of the women's Open, has built a seven-shot lead going into Sunday's final round over Bob Charles, who is alone in second place. Dayton Daily News (newspaper)

10-FOOT LIP-OUT PUTT COSTS PAM OSLEY * ALLENTONIAN WILL USE $250 CONSOLATION PRI... - 09/23/1998 Articles & General info - Pam Osley had a costly lip out of a 10-foot putt on the 18th green at the Berkleigh Country Club late Tuesday afternoon. When the ball trickled cruelly away after what looked like a dead solid perfect run up a treacherous slope, the 41-year-old Allentown resident saw $25,000 vanish. Allentown Morning Call (newspaper)

PUTT PERKS: OFFICES BECOME GOLF COURSES TODAY - 11/16/1999 Articles & General info - In the stressed-out business world, golf has long been one of those great excuses to escape the office. Now comes this: golf in the office. Across the country today, in recognition of this new, slightly odd indoor sport, at least 65 companies, law firms, banks, even a coroner's office will celebrate the first-ever "Take Your Putter to Work Day." Virginian-Pilot & Ledger-Star - Norfolk, VA (newspaper)

STOCKTON WILL USE HOT PUTTER AND EXPERIENCE - 07/22/1998 Articles & General info - Dave Stockton will have a homecoming of sorts this week when he plays in the U.S. Senior Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. About 15 miles east down the Santa Monica Freeway, Stockton earned All-America honors three times at USC during the early 1960s. Stockton is unsure whether his college glory days will count much of a hometown advantage nearly four decades after the fact - even a member of the Trojans Hall of Fame. Los Angeles Daily News (newspaper)

The 50-50 Putting Stroke. - 12/01/1999 Articles & General info - ONCE THE RHYTHM of a putting stroke is thrown off--by nerves, fatigue, whatever--it can be hard to get back, especially for a hard swinger. What you need is the right key. Golf Magazine

Senior putts for keeps; Schwartz calls his clubs collect - 11/01/1998 Articles & General info - Bob Schwartz has retired from his Pittsfield dermatology practice, but to him, the beauty of a golf club will always be more than skin deep. Especially when it comes to putters. Boston Herald (newspaper)

Sports Business - April '97 - Golfology, Hal Hannon, Carlsbad CA  Better putting through physics,

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