Robert-Jan Derksen, THE PUTTING ACADEMY

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By Bart van der Does

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  1. Bart van der Does

    Bart van der Does
    The Netherlands

    Hello Team Titleist,

    Former PGA European Tour player Robert-Jan Derksen has quit playing golf for some years now. For the ones who knew Robert-Jan Derksen, he was one of the nicest guys on the PGA European Tour. After he quit being Tour Pro he build his own putting academy.

    So I was struggling with my putting. Especially short puts. How crazy as it may sound I was making more long puts then short puts. So it all comes down to what?... Well I hope to share this article with you and hope you will receive a better look on putting.

    At arrival we taken a look on my setup, grip & stroke. It was very interested to see that the setup of the club needed some improvements. I was holding my hands to close to my body which cased that the putter sole of the face was not proper on the ground. Meaning I was missing a lot of puts.

    The most missed puts on tour is from 8ft. I learned from 8 ft you have have about 1 deg. room for missers. When putting a laser on the ball I noticed when aiming center cup. 1 deg. from 8ft is inside right/left. This little margin of room means when stroking or at impact not proper it means more missed puts.

    We also talked about putter faces. Now comes the interesting part. With the high tech stuff in the academy I measured my YES! i4-tech tour model putter and many multiple Scotty Cameron putters. I noticed on the trackman and Quintic that Scotty doesn't have that soft inserts as what I was expected. The opposite in fact. The Scotty putters are coming off so hard of the face that the forward move of the ball is more then my current YES! putter.

    You want at impact a square face and right after impact that a short forward movement and then a roll forward. But surprisingly the first 20-30 cm there is no roll on any scotty putters. But when testing the black face putters of Scotty I get a much better and faster roll after impact. So my question... why there is no black face in the New Port putters?

    If you want to improve your putting the ACADEMY is really great. High tech stuff and you will walk out the door with improved putter skills.

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  2. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    Very interesting read Bart. One question I would have is how was your set up different on long putts then short putts if you were making long ones and missing short ones. I do remember seeing Derksen on TV when they were covering the European Tour and if I remember correctly he was a pretty good putter.

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