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Sam Burns modified putters for the primary time in 6 years. Here is why

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Burns went from Odyssey’s Microhinge insert (L) to Ai-One on the Tour Championship.


Odyssey Tour reps are used to listening to the phrases “No thanks” from Sam Burns through the years. Regardless of how a lot effort and time they put into constructing a brand new putter to his specs, there’s probability it’s getting kicked again after preliminary testing.

Go all the best way again to when Burns turned professional in 2017 and also you’ll discover an Odyssey O-Works Black 7S mallet with the identical Microhinge insert within the bag. Regardless of what number of instances Burns has tried to love a special putter throughout his professional profession, he’s all the time come again to O-Works Black 7S.

His historical past with the putter highlights the significance of a current swap to Odyssey’s new Ai-One 7S on the Tour Championship — also called the ultimate occasion of the playoffs. As Burns recalled on GOLF’s Absolutely Geared up podcast, the putter change in Atlanta threw everybody for a loop, Odyssey’s Tour reps included.

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On the instances Burns was considering a swap, his gamer had gone chilly.

“I hung out on the [Callaway Tour] truck a pair weeks earlier than [the Tour Championship] taking a look at some putters,” he stated. “Didn’t have quite a lot of confidence in my present putter. I’d been placing nicely however simply had a few weeks the place the ball wasn’t going within the gap.”

That’s when Odyssey reps handed him an Ai-One 7S to get his preliminary ideas. The pinnacle was almost equivalent to his O-Works Black 7S, however the insert was markedly totally different, which gave Burns pause. Really feel is extremely essential to execs. However Burns wanted a spark, so he determined to offer it a shot on the truck’s state-of-the-art placing inexperienced.

“I’ve checked out quite a lot of putters, however I’m normally like, ‘I don’t actually prefer it,’” stated Burns. “I attempted it a few instances on the truck and actually appreciated it. It appeared good and felt good, so I took it out on the placing inexperienced to see what occurred.”

It didn’t take Burns lengthy to note there was one thing particular about Ai-One. Lower than an hour after he began rolling putts on the observe inexperienced at East Lake, Burns did the unthinkable and requested if he may use the putter in competitors — a request that reps initially took as a joke.

“I began hitting some shorter and longer putts and there was one thing about it — the consistency and the way it felt — that appeared like even those I mishit had been going actually just like those I hit within the center,” he stated. “It was good to see. Within the 30 or 45 minutes I spent on the placing inexperienced, I began gaining some confidence. I requested them if I may use it and so they thought I used to be joking. I stated, let’s do it. I’ve had it within the bag ever since.

“The preliminary look was my actual putter, however with cleaner traces. Seems are a giant factor for me. To go from testing to utilizing one thing totally different in lower than an hour is one thing that doesn’t occur fairly often for me.”

Burns hasn’t appeared again since he made the swap. He went on to complete T9 on the Tour Championship whereas rating sixth in SG: Placing. Burns plans to make one closing begin tis 12 months on the Hero World Problem and primarily based on the best way issues have gone up to now with Ai-One, it’s doubtless his new putter will nonetheless be within the bag.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Journal and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Tools. Previous to becoming a member of the workers on the finish of 2018, he spent 6 years protecting gear for the PGA Tour. He might be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.



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