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If you haven't checked out our review of the TPK Golf Putting stick, click here and give it a read....and then COME RIGHT BACK HERE!!!!

 

Vlad Gribovsky of TPK Golf has graciously provided MyGolfSpy with a wonderful basket of Holiday Cheer with 3, count 'em, THREE Puttiing Sticks to give away to our valued Forum Members.

 

We have 1 of the mirrored Putting Sticks and 2 of the Pro-Version Putting Sticks.  These suckers WILL help putt better, of that I am sure!

 

So what to do about a contest?  It's about putting, right?  To enter, tell us your nomination for the greatest putt ever sunk.  Could be a classic by Jack, a daring up and in by Arnie, or a lucky bank-shot by a partner to pull out a $3 Nassau.  Tell us what it is and why it's memorable and Santa will put a brand-spakin' new Putting Stick in your stocking....

 

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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My most memorable putt was by me playing TPC The Canyons in Vegas. it was about a 50 footer with about 20 feet of hard break left. I was in the middle of the worst round I have ever played, walked up and hit it. It rolled...... and rolled... and broke..... and rolled some more. The thing was moving so fast if it wouldn't have hit the hole, I would have been back on the tee box. Luckily enough, it hit the hole, looked like it went straight up about 5 inches and landed in the hole. It helped my worst round ever be any worse-er (I know, not a word). Shots like that just keep you coming back.

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I'm at work so don't have time to look for video, but Justin Leonard at Brookline in the Ryder Cup is the most clutch I can think of.  The only reason I would choose another would be Payne Stewart on the 72nd hole at Pinehurst in 99 and the reason it may be the most clutch is because he never got a chance to try to make another one in a US Open, his favorite tournament.

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2016 M1 10.5 Fujikura Pro 60 Stiff
Callaway X2Hot 3W Aldila RIP Stiff
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Ping i25 4i-PW KBS Stiff (soft-stepped)
Titleist SM7 52 8° F Stiff
Titleist SM7 56 8° M Stiff
Titleist SM7 60 4° L Stiff
Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 34" Superstroke Flatso 2.0
Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grips
Snell MTB Red (Optic Yellow)
Powerbilt TPS Cabretta Tour Glove
Callaway RAZR Laser

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I play in a "tournament" that my best friend runs in Michigan every summer.  Invitation only, usually 33 guys, playing 3-man scramble.  Blind draw before you go to the first tee.  The draw is sometimes the highlight, sometimes the lowlight.  Anyway, about six years ago playing in the last group, putting last, I made a nine footer that broke about 3 feet to win ALL THE CAISHE in front of all the other groups.  Talk about pressure.  Mickelson's putt to win The Masters had to be child's play by comparison!

"Where'd it go?"  "Right in the Lumberyard..."

126422322_PXGLogo_2.png.74a339363ba3931cc4fc226a253621f8.png Gen 2  0811 XF 10.5*  Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x 
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR 15*   Fairway UST ProForce V2 7F5 76g X-Flex
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR 19* & 22* Hybrid UST ProForce V2 90g X-Flex
:bridgestone-small:  Tour B JGR HF-2 irons (5i - PW)  KBS Tour 130x

:cleveland-small: CBX Wedges (50, 54, 58)  TT Dynamic Gold 115 Wedge Shaft
MATI  Mamo Putter 33"  Super Stroke Football League 3.0 Slim
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Playing in the club championship a few years back my semi's match was even going to our final hole which was the 9th since we played the back nine to open.  Hit a stellar three wood down the right center and left myself 142 to the pin.  Fanned a 9 iron and left myself short right just off the putting surface.  My competitor hits a solid drive and his second to 15 feet pin high.  Stood over my chip and just flat out laid the sod over it and got it to the front fringe leaving myself about 50 feet up the hill to the hole.   After some very choice words to myself I stood over the ball and put the putt dead center in the middle of the cup for a par with the hope of going to a playoff.  My competitor choked and left his 15 footer about 6 feet short and missed the par putt.  Made it to the finals and putted great losing in 22 holes of an up and down match.  To this day my buddies at this club call me Rocca.

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:titleist-small: TSR2+ 13* Graphite Design AD HD 7x

:titleist-small: TS2 18* Graphite Design AD MT 7x

:titleist-small: TSI3 20* Graphite Design AD DI 95x

:PXG: 0311 ST 5 -PW KBS $Taper 130

:PXG: Sugar Daddy 50* KBS $Taper 130

:bettinardi-small: HLX 3.0 54* & 58* TTDG S400

:odyssey-small: Toulon Madison BGT Fire 34"

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Jean van de Velde.  Six footer on the 72nd hole for triple to get into the playoff in the 99 Open Championship.  #Clutch...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkOf8Ic3LP4

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Driver - :taylormade-small:   Stealth 9° Graphite Design Tour AD XC Stiff
Fairway - Cannot find one worth a dang

Hybrid - :srixon-small: ZX 16° & 18° GD Tour IZ S

2 Iron - :srixon-small: ZU65 18° AeroTech SteelFiber 110icw S

Irons -  :srixon-small: ZX7 MKII  4-Pw Project X 6.0, std length  1° flat
Wedges - :cleveland-small: RTX 6 Tour Rack 50° 54° 58° Project X 6.0, std length 1° flat

Putters -  Ping PLD Custom Anser/Evnroll ER1V/Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Austin/Odyssey 2 Ball DFX/ TaylorMade Spider Tour Black/Ping Anser F/Scotty Cameron TeI3 Sole Stamp Newport 2. All with different grips, weights, and lengths.
 

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In keeping with brave putts to get into playoffs.....

 

In 1995, Constantino Rocca needed a birdie at the last at St Andrews to force a play off with John Daly. He hits a great drive, gets it within a few yards of the green. Then hits a huge duff, the ball trickles into the valley of sin.

 

Cue this putt and a great celebration. Ok Daly wins the playoff, but wow what a putt.

 

Rest in peace long sticks - I'll remember you

 

TM Burner Superfast 2.0 TP Regular

TM RBZ Stage 2 Fairway 14.5 stiff

Adams Blue Hybrid No. 3 stiff

Adams Super xtdHybrid 21.5 Stiff

 

Ping G30 4 and 5 Iron - Regular CFS Shaft

Ping i25 6 - PW Regular CFS Shaft

TM Y Groove Gap Wedge

Cleveland CG10 Sand Wedge

 

PingTR Piper Putter, adjustable shaft, SuperStroke Fatso

 

Titleist StaDry Cart Bag

 

Motocaddy S3 Pro Trolley

 

Foot Joy City, Adidas Boost Boa and Adidas Superstar shoes

 

Pro V1x in the summer, Titleist Velocity in the winter.

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Great entries so far people! Keep 'em coming!!!!

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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Paula Creamer won the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz. Creamer found the green of the par-5 18th in two and made a 75-foot big breaking putt for eagle.

 

We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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Gotta be Paula Creamer's 75 foot Eagle Putt to win the 2014 HSBC Championship!.

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft & 0811 XF w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Ping Ketsch

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

 

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When I was 15, I went to Puetz Golf in North Seattle to purchase my first putter.  After narrowing the choice to 3 contestants, I proceeded to sink two 50+ foot double breakers in a row with the Achusnet Bullseye Flange.  I still have it and bag it on vintage equipment rounds.

Driver:  TM 2009 Burner, 10.5*, stock stiff

Fairway:  Adams XTD Ti 15*, Aldila Voodoo stiff

Hybrid:   Adams XTD Ti 19*, Ozik Matrix Red Tie stiff

Hybrid:  Adams XTD Ti 23*, Ozik Matrix Red Tie regular

Irons:  Cobra S3, 5-PW, Nippon NS Pro 1030H regular

Wedges:  MacGregor VIP V-foil, 48*-4*, 52*-6*, 56*-10*, 60*-2*

Putter:  TearDrop TD 42, 35", Tiffany blue leather stitch-back grip

Ball:  TM, Srixon

Bag:  Titleist stand bag, black with Campbell of Argyle headcovers

Shoes:  adidas Pure Motion and lucky purple socks

 

 

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I have two favorites one of course was made by my favorite golfer all time TW, the putt Tiger made in the US Open on the 18th hole 72nd overall to take the US Open into sudden death against Rocco!  See you for 18 tomorrow Rocco..

 

http://youtu.be/iFfCpvT_MV8?list=FLOqjQR02sEaE2_6YkzAzvkA

 

 

ps, let me know if I can throw in my second most memorable putt,.... I'd really like to make them both a tie!

 

The Bag:

Right handed

Cobra King FLYZ+ 10.5* w/ Aldila Rogue 125 R 44.5"

Tour Issued TM M2 10.5 w/ Mitsubishi Tensi CK Pro Blue 60S

Tour Issued TM M2 15* w/ GD Tour AD 7S 43"

TM R7 17.5 HFS w/ Tour AD 7S Stiff 42"

Cobra S3 Pro's 4-pw w/ Aldila RIP Tours SLT 115 Reg. 5i 38.5"

Titleist Vokey Proto's

52*,54*,58* all TTDG S-400

TM TP5 X

Scotty Cameron SSS Tiffany 009 350 34.5" or Bettinardi BB1 DASS Proto

GHIN # 5144472

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Cool contest!

 

My favorite/memorable putt was by me - total accident.  I was playing a match, and we were all square on 17, a shortish Par 3.  My friend hit first, and left himself about 15 feet for birdie, putting the pressure on me.  I stepped up and hit a majestic tee shot right at the pin.  At one point I thought to myself - Hole in One! - and then a second later I thought to myself - Get Down!  

 

The pin was in the front, and my ball landed on the back fringe a good 100 feet away.  I was incredulous, and looked down at my club and realized I pulled out a 6 iron instead of a 9 iron.  Doh!

 

So as we pull up to the green, I am fuming.  I grab my putter from the bag, walk up to the ball, and without stopping I one handed putt the ball.  What seemed like 10 seconds and 40 feet of break later, BIRDIE!  My friend is out of his mind, and he doesn't even sniff the hole on his birdie putt.

 

I go into 18 1-up, and it might as well have been 10-up,  My friend was completely out of it, and I won the match with the most insane putt I ever made.

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Driver: Callaway Optiforce 440 9.5* with Diamama Blue S+ 62g Stiff shaft

3 and 5 wood: Callaway Big Bertha with Fubuki Z65 Stiff

Hybrid: Wilson FG Tour 4 hybrid

Irons: 5 iron: Cleveland Altitude Stiff; 6 -PW Callaway Apex Pro, KBS Tour-V Stff

Wedges: 51*, 55* and 58* SCORE with Genius Stiff

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Definitely Paula's putt.  I watched it with my daughter.  She proclaimed "I want that to be me someday"  and just stared starry eyed at the TV.  Very cool.

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In my bag, March 2021
:titelist-small: TS2 Driver Hzrdous Smoke Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:titelist-small: TS2 Hybrids  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  MP-59 5-PW; KBS Tour (Regular Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
:bettinardi-1:  Putter

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Sun Mountain Cart Bag
:Clicgear: 4.0 Push Cart (I'm walking 9 outta 10 rounds!!)

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I have 2, one from the Pro's and one from my "little Pro".  First was Davis Love III Putt with the rainbow when he won his PGA.  The recent loss of his dad, long time close calls at the Majors and the rainbow always stick out in my head. 

 

 

 

The second was my 8 year old son (at the time) making a 60 foot putt with about 50 foot of break on a putting green.  It was the first time I took him with me to practice putting and chipping.  We are on this practice green on a public course that has an adjoining chipping green.  There were about 15 other people practicing between the 2 greens and my son makes this impossible putt.  He goes bonkers running around making all sorts of noise.  It was hard to congratulate/ high 5 him without feeling like I needed to first make him stop running on the green, 2. stop him from making too much noise at a Golf course and 3. apologize to the 15 others around me..  Regardless, it's my favorite putt ever!!!!

 

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We'll be announcing the winner next Tuesday - so make sure you get your entries in!!!

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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