What The Heck Is Jaco Van Zyl Putting With?


Everybody has their own preference when it comes to putters. There are hundreds of different styles and shapes to choose from, but once you find the right one, you know. While most people will try to find one that makes putting easier, tour pro Jaco Van Zyl opted for a different route. 

During this week’s European Tour Joburg Open, the South African Van Zyl appears to feel right at home if he’s comfortable enough to use this tiny putter that’s just about the size of the ball. Technically it’s a training aid, but when you’re on tour, apparently it’s just another flat stick.


The putter is actually a Cleveland Smart Square Stubby and it first introduced back in 2014. It was designed to help build a consistent stroke and promote confidence due to the fact the face is literally the width of a golf ball. Essentially, if you can putt with this, you can putt with anything.

Van Zyl made the cut after firing under-par rounds of 71 and 68, but only managed a one-over par 73 in the final round at the rain-shortened event. It should be interesting to see if he uses it in future tournaments.

[Golf Monthly]


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