There’s so many different ways to putt, even in the pro ranks (just ask Bryson DeChambeau). But, OK, this is not a method we expected to see.
Jaco Van Zyl is competing in the European Tour’s Joburg Open this week, and the South African, likely feeling at home in Johannesburg, is 1 under through 13 (T-78) after one day. (First-round play was suspended due to darkness.)
Not a particularly noteworthy score until you realize Van Zyl did it while putting with the Cleveland Smart Square Stubby – a flatstick with an incredibly tiny square head that is actually designed for use as a training aid rather than as a putter to wield in competition.
If that description doesn’t give you a picture of the bizarre, well here’s footage of Van Zyl wielding the peculiar putter/training aid IN EUROPEAN TOUR ACTION.
Van Zyl did all of this on his birthday, too, as the South African turned 38 on Thursday.
We’re not sure what Van Zyl’s birthday wish will be, but one thing he should avoid is to wish to be more bold. Because after seeing this, that is not possible.