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HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR CADDIE HELP YOU READ PUTTS?
Joe Ogilvie
Age:31
World Ranking: 51
Hero Stuff: Tied 54-hole scoring record with 193 at 2005 Bob Hope
85 percent of the time. His name is Micah Fugit. He's extremely good—I'd put him in the top five green-readers on Tour.
Ben Crane
Age: 30
World Ranking: 28
Hero Stuff: Won 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
He helps me 90 percent to maybe 95 percent of the time, but mostly for verification of what I'm seeing.
Kenny Perry
Age: 45
World Ranking: 9
Hero Stuff: Top 10 in 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
Every hole. I want to make sure he's seeing the same thing I am. But I don't want anything too specific, because he doesn't know how hard I'm going to hit it.
Scott Verplank
Age: 41
World Ranking: 25
Hero Stuff: Five top 10s in 2005-2nd at Players Championship
About 75 percent of the time. Scott Tway [Bob Tway's brother] is a good putter and reads greens really well. That's part of the reason he's my caddie.
HAS THE AMOUNT OF LOFT ON YOUR DRIVER INCREASED, DECREASED OR STAYED THE SAME IN RECENT YEARS?
Joe Ogilvie
Age:31
World Ranking: 51
Hero Stuff: Tied 54-hole scoring record with 193 at 2005 Bob Hope
It's gone up. Five years ago everybody had a 7- or 8-degree driver, and some had 5- and 6-degree drivers. Now everybody's around 10 degrees.
Ben Crane
Age: 30
World Ranking: 28
Hero Stuff: Won 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
It's increased. Over the past few years I've made an effort to stop hitting up on it, and to swing through it more level, for accuracy's sake.
Kenny Perry
Age: 45
World Ranking: 9
Hero Stuff: Top 10 in 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
Increased. I played a 7-degree driver in the '90s, and in 2001 went to 8 degrees. Now the golf ball's built to launch higher. And I also found that I got better control.
Scott Verplank
Age: 41
World Ranking: 25
Hero Stuff: Five top 10s in 2005-2nd at Players Championship
It's stayed the same. A lot of guys have gone to more loft and less spin, but I don't get the same benefit out of the new balls because I don't swing fast enough.
DO YOU CHANGE YOUR GRIP OR GRIP PRESSURE TO HIT CERTAIN SHOTS?
Joe Ogilvie
Age:31
World Ranking: 51
Hero Stuff: Tied 54-hole scoring record with 193 at 2005 Bob Hope
I use a 10-finger grip around the green a lot. I use the same grip, but weaken it tremendously to hit bunker shots. It helps your arms work together.
Ben Crane
Age: 30
World Ranking: 28
Hero Stuff: Won 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
Yes, around the green, especially in heavy rough. In bunkers I'll change pressure based on how high I want to hit it, and how much spin I want to put on it.
Kenny Perry
Age: 45
World Ranking: 9
Hero Stuff: Top 10 in 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
The only time my pressure increases is when I'm in heavy rough. I hang on to it, and try to keep it square, because heavy grass wants to shut the club down.
Scott Verplank
Age: 41
World Ranking: 25
Hero Stuff: Five top 10s in 2005-2nd at Players Championship
I change a lot when I'm putting. If greens are faster, my grip is lighter. I don't change my grip to hit fades or anything.
DO YOU PREFER THE COURSES ON THE WEST COAST OR IN FLORIDA?
Joe Ogilvie
Age:31
World Ranking: 51
Hero Stuff: Tied 54-hole scoring record with 193 at 2005 Bob Hope
That's tough. On the West Coast we get to play Pebble Beach, and on an off day go to Cypress Point. But in Florida we've got the Players Championship.
Ben Crane
Age: 30
World Ranking: 28
Hero Stuff: Won 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
The West Coast. I hate the greens at Pebble, but the Hope's like playing indoors, San Diego's marvelous and Riviera's a great old course.
Kenny Perry
Age: 45
World Ranking: 9
Hero Stuff: Top 10 in 2005 U.S. Bank Championship with first-round 62
The West Coast. I'm not a great Bermuda-grass putter. The West Coast greens are hard for everybody, and I like it when it's not a putting contest.
Scott Verplank
Age: 41
World Ranking: 25
Hero Stuff: Five top 10s in 2005-2nd at Players Championship
Florida, because other than Palm Springs and Phoenix, the greens on the West Coast are pathetic.

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