MARANA, Ariz. — One of the most interesting matches slated for the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship pits Angel Cabrera, winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Championship, against Phil Mickelson.
The Argentine has experimented with many different types of putters — including blades, mallets and belly putters — since his win at Oakmont. This week he's using a 39-inch Ping i-Series 1/2 Craz-E B. It's four to five inches longer than most standard putters, but shorter than a belly putter. Click on the photo for a better look.
When I asked him about it Tuesday afternoon, Cabrera said through an interpreter, "I used a 39-inch putter in 2005 when I won the BMW Championship on the European Tour. I played well with the putter back then."
Cabrera explained that he had lost some feel on the greens recently, and he hoped that going back to this putter would help him regain his touch.
Not only is the length unique, so is the grip. It's designed for a belly putter and extends well down the shaft. However, Cabrera holds it and swings it in a traditional style.
"It's to compensate for the weight of the putter," he said.
According to Ping, the head of Cabrera's putter weighs 385 grams, which is 20 grams heavier than the head of a standard-length i-Series 1/2 Craz-E putter. Therefore, the weight of the grip improves the putter's balance.