By Dave Pelz
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dave Pelz, one of the foremost short game and putting instructors in golf, offers schools and clinics across the U.S. Click here to find out more information.\n

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Dear Dave,
Do you favor putting with an oversized putter grip? A couple of years ago I took my favorite putter and cut it down to better suit my height (I'm only 5'6"). When I re-gripped it, I had an oversized putter grip put on. I also went to lead-hand low.

Since the, my putting has improved a lot, I have more feel and I seldom three-putt. But since I changed three variables at once, I can't tell which one actually did the trick.

Do you have any feeling for this putter grip size thing of mine?

Bill Havrilla

Dear Dave, I am tired of seeing the United States get clobbered in the Ryder Cup and really not knowing why. I generally know that the Euros out played the U.S., but I don't have a clue in what statistical categories. It seemed like they were making more putts, and "scoring" better, but I don't know that for sure.

Where is the U.S. team really leaking oil? I am a low handicap player, and I track fairways hit, GIR, putts, penalty strokes, etc. after a round. It usually tells me what I did well and poor. Stats are kept for just about everything on all the pro tours. After the last couple ryder cups, I want to know what it is that we are doing so poorly, or the Euros are doing so well. The U.S. team should retain you to break down all the stats from 100 yards and in, and see what is going on here. Are the Euros playing way over their heads, or the US just playing lousy? If we know exactly where the oil is leaking, it is at least a start at plugging the hole.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Craig (from Michigan)

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