The short putting stroke of Will Zalatoris continues to make waves around the golfing world, with it being compared to car crash TV on social media after the latest video of his wayward club path on the short putts.
Zalatoris is known for his wafting backstroke on short putts, with this one aspect of his game one of the most divisive strokes in golf, with many viewers cringing as the American’s putter wanders around before cutting across the ball.
Some, though, argue that if the ball does end up in the hole then the method doesn’t matter – the old “no pictures on the scorecard” defence – even though one PGA Tour pro warned that he needs to smooth his stroke out in order to reach his full potential.
The latest episode of putting horror strokes with Will Zalatoris took place at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where he finished one over after two rounds and missed the cut.
Television cameras found the magic angle at ground level to see the full Zalatoris short putting stroke in all its glory, which prompted the usual responses on Twitter.
“Painful to watch”, “this gives me anxiety” and various GIFs were posted in reaction to the video, but among all that was a serious point from PGA Tour pro Hunter Mahan, who warned that Zalatoris may be held back by his short game.
“Will Zalatoris has a 20+ win career type of game except inside 5 feet,” wrote Mahan. “Let’s hope he can smooth that stroke out to reach his potential!”
And after a couple of near misses at Majors last year Zalatoris has certainly proved he’s got a big-time game, but that putting stroke will continue to be the focus of attention.
Looking at the PGA Tour stats for last season, Zalatoris ranked first for strokes gained tee-to-green and approach, but was down in 103rd for putting.
His short putting stats were extraordinary, as it’ll shock many to see he made every one of his 644 putts from three feet on the PGA Tour last season.
From there on though the stats were not as good, as he was T110 for one-putts inside five feet, which could be the real problem area – although Rory McIlroy only ranked 108th and we all saw what he achieved.
So the debate will rumble on about the putting stroke of Zalatoris until he either flattens it out or goes and wins a big tournament putting the way he does.
And not everyone is so concerned with it, with Warren Harris Golf Coaching on Twitter summing up what a lot have said in response to the latest video.
“But the ball finished where it…
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