Bull's Eye's back

CHASKA, Minn. – Huddle up, equipment geeks: The last couple days, Corey Pavin and Bob Estes have played Turn Back the Clock. Why? Because they each are using original Acushnet Bulls Eye putters that haven’t been on the market in years (these are the pre-Scotty Cameron models your dad and granddad used to putt with). The strange thing was the two happened to be paired together at the 91st PGA Championship.

Pavin is a great putter who has used a Bulls Eye for years. As for Estes, he said he went “into the barrel” at home in Texas a few days before the PGA because he stands tall and uses a longer putter than most (35.5 to 36 inches), and says most of today’s modern models simply have heads that weigh too much. This way, he can use a longer putter with a lighter head that still has a swing weight in the “C's”.

“I’ve got more control of the putter this way,” he said Friday after his second consecutive 74. “I’m controlling it, instead of it controlling me.”

Estes, who says he probably has "40 to 50" old-style Bulls Eye putters at home (“I probably used my first one when I was about 5,” he said) is using a La Femme model, with a flange.

This is a guy known for his tinkering. A few years ago in Texas, he decided to break out a persimmon driver to give it a try.

Friday, as he left the range, he smiled and said, “I'm just old school, I guess.”

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