We asked Lee Trevino what he thought was important to wear, and he talked about a baby cat.
He alone can, and he alone has done it. Trevino is both one of golf’s great players and one of its best talkers, and in a Friday appearance on the New Breed of Golf with Michael Breed show on SiriusXM, he combined the two wonderfully. We won’t say much more, though. It’s Trevino story time. (Although this is where we have to tell you to listen to the entire show, which you can do here with a subscription.)
“Putters are kittens, if you’re a farmer,” he said on the show. “If you’re a farmer and you know anything about cats, when a cat has a litter of kittens, they’re blind. And they don’t see their mother for about seven days. I was winning tournaments with a different putter every day. It was an 8802, but it was a different putter. And the reason was that if I started to putt with a putter, it recognized me.
“You understand. So I would take a putter that still has his eyes closed. I would take a putter that has his eyes closed, and he doesn’t know who I am. And after I win the tournament and move on to the next week and I started putting on bad again I put it back in the closet and get another one that’s blind And that’s what I did I wore half a dozen putters or more – of the same kind, but I have worn them.
Is thought superstition better than comparison, or vice versa? Who to say. Can counseling help you? Hard to know. Trevino was also not done.
“My mother-in-law was going crazy,” he said on the show. “She was saying to my wife, she was like, ‘He changed his putter today. He leads and he changed his putter. And I did. I rode a Tommy Armor or a 3852, and then I rode with the 8802 and the Palmer designed. Yeah, I played with that. Never had any profanity until I started going to mallet heads and all that other stuff.
“But I won the PGA with a Ping, you remember, the ‘A’ blade. My wife bought it in Holland, believe it or not, because I hit 18 greens that day at the Dutch Open and I shot 72, and she came in and paid $55 for a putter and I shot 64 the next day with it.
“So what you’re saying is it’s not that you have to putt with your eyes closed, it’s that your putter has to have your eyes closed,” Breed said.
“Yeah, the putter has to be blind,” Trevino said.
Breed, also a longtime instructor, then asked about Trevino’s putting philosophy, and here the six-time major champion responded with thoughts on his style, the best technique and the best users of it.
We won’t say much more, though. It’s Trevino story time again.
“Well, the reason I got into the yips was just because I was a starter,” he said on the show. “I started playing golf and I started putting. I actually peeked at the putt. My putter was going up and out, up and out, up and out. And it was just too much movement – my nerves just couldn’t take it anymore and I still can’t putt that way. But anyway, the putt, you know, the best putters, as you well know, hook the putt and they stop the putter.
“Gary Player, Gary Player hit the ground. Bobby Locke, he got that from Bobby Locke. Bobby Locke would aim for first base, swing to second base, and the goddamn putt would go to third base. I mean, that’s what he would do. … And I tell you, he was aiming out of bounds. Every time he hit, he was aiming out of bounds to the right. And then he put the same way. I didn’t think he putt the hole the first time I saw him putt on the green. He was aiming 10 feet to the right of the hole. And then he would close it, close the blade and strike it. [Ben] Crenshaw, Crenshaw takes the putter back, but he only goes about four to five inches. You know, he does the same thing – takes him inside and spanks him.
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