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When the name of Adam Scott comes up, it’s usually his striking ball that comes to mind, but it was his new putter that attracted the most attention after an opening-round 69 at Riviera. And rightfully so in Strokes Gained, as he led the field: putting for his first round (5.074) and making putts of more than 100 feet.

The strong showing comes after a putter change, and GolfWRX spoke about the change with Scotty Cameron rep Drew Page.

“Adam came into the studio and was looking for a way to stabilize the head a bit,” Page said. “We added some extra weight to the back end of putter, but like anything else balance is key. To keep swing weight constant, we took two inches of length off the butt end, added a bit of weight at the top to neutralize, and boom.

“The putter is in a swing weight he likes,” Page continued. “The head has a higher MOI (greater stability) that he likes and we all know when he matches up the long game with a hot putter, he can be very dangerous.”

Scott began experimenting with a longer putter more than 10 years ago, going from a conventional length to a broomstick model in 2010. With his first major title at the 2012 Masters Tournament, the switch paid off handsomely, and gave way to more experimentation when the USGA prohibited anchored putting.

For brief spells, Scott has deviated from a Scotty Cameron model, but he always finds his way back to a very high MOI Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11 putter, which was in the bag last year at Riviera for his second win. It is two inches shorter now.

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“Just something I’ve been experimenting with,” Scott said at Riviera on Thursday. “I felt like the work I did with Paul from Scotty Cameron got this putter in a place where I felt it was worth the run. I’ve been happy with my putting, too, so it was something to keep me entertained, I think.”

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