Billy Horschel is one of the game's best iron players, but his putting was the most important key to his remarkable season-ending stretch that netted him more than $11.4 million in one day.
In April, Horschel ditched his PING Redwood Piper S model and added a PING Karsten TR B60 in the bag instead. Horschel ranked 91st on tour in Strokes Gained Putting through the Masters, his last tournament with the Redwood, but finished the season 53rd. The B60 made a quantifiable and immediate difference.
But perhaps the most important and lucrative putting change Horschel made all year was a subtle grip alteration that he addressed in his post-round interview Sunday.
“We just made a little tweak in the putter grip and allowed my hands to get a little bit further away,” said Horschel, referring to Todd Anderson, his instructor. “It gave me a little bit more control of the speed of the putts. The ball started rolling better with the speed I wanted."
Horschel was 12th in strokes gained/putting during his T-2 finish at the Deutsche Bank. In his consecutive victories to close out the season, he finished first in strokes gained/putting and distance of putts made (BMW) and sixth in strokes gained/putting and third in distance of putts made (Tour Championship).