Lahiri Blog: Sticking with the short putter

Tue 18 Jun 2013

Lahiri Blog: Sticking with the short putter

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, June 18: India’s Anirban Lahiri will stick with the short putter at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. He discarded his regular belly putter last week and finished tied 10th at the Queen’s Cup, which he hopes to improve this week. This is his blog from Seri Selangor Golf Club.
By Anirban Lahiri
I took a lot of positives out from the Queen’s Cup last week (where he finished 10th). It was good to play a good positive brand of golf although it was disappointing how I played on the last day when I shot a 75. It was one of those courses where you can’t let it drop and I got off to a bad start and didn’t really recover.
It was a big experiment week for me as I was testing out my short putter. That seemed to hold out through the week. I’m feeling confident with that which is important if I want to go on to win an event. I’m feeling comfortable and good with my game. I’ve guess I’ve got to hold it together for 72 holes.
I wasn’t thrilled with the way I was putting with the belly putter in the early part of the season. I had decided with my coach that I was going to try out the short putter in Thailand and Selangor and another two more events back home.
I’m going to stick to this plan and then reassess if I’m going to stick with the short one or revert to the long one as we’ll have our main stretch of big tournaments from September onwards.
This week, Seri Selangor Golf Club is a really a tough course. I was telling some of the rookies that anyone who has come out for these two weeks are playing two of the toughest courses that we play all year. You won’t see 16 or 17 under winning the tournament. Single digit might be good enough. You have to keep grinding and staying positive and taking your chances when you get them.
My ball striking is getting more consistent. This week is a big test as off the tee, it’s challenging. You have to keep it in play. The target areas are really narrow and you’ve got to be on top of your game.
There are three par fives on this course and you’ve got to score as heavily as you can on them. All of the par fives are reachable, in fact one is fairly short. However, they have narrow landing areas off the tee but if you find them, you can get eagle opportunities or birdies. There are so many tough holes over the rest of the golf course that you’ll likely to drop shots. You’ve got to stay patient here.
During the break, I went back and started working out a bit more. I feel I’m fitter now and the work will continue through August. Putting was a knee jerk reaction due to my inconsistency. As far as my ball striking goes, it’s a continuation of the work that I’ve been putting into it. Apart from that, I spent some time with family and friends which is always nice.
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