I’ve never heard this theory before and if it’s true, many bad golfers who change putters all the time should be armed with this information. Especially coming from the best golfer to come out of Australia since Greg Norman.
In Ogilvy’s mind, putting with a slightly different flat stick is a way to stay enthusiastic. He is a believer in the “new putter theory“ — everyone putts great with a new putter.
“Your central nervous system enjoys change,” he told me. “The new putter theory is not BS, that’s a fact and it works for everyone. So sometimes if my putting feels a bit flat, I’ll change putters, but it’s not like I’m completely changing putters. I just want to look at something new, something fresh. People might think you are just trying to escape all the bad karma in your other putter, but your brain likes change and it gets you excited about putting again.”