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San Antonio Day One – Edel Training

And with this little adventure, Crowne Plaza goes on the shit list.

We booked and paid for tickets through Priceline for a Crowne Plaza in San Antonio, TX. Our flight arrived on time at midnight, and we arrived at the hotel at 1am. "Did you call ahead for late arrival, sir?" "No." "I'm sorry, we've booked your room to someone else and we have no other available rooms." "But the room is pre-paid. It should be empty." "Sir, maybe you shouldn't have used Priceline."

That doesn't cut it. We ended up sleeping in our car. For three hours. Then we showered at the club.

Anyway, today is the day before our two-day clinic, and we're here to meet David Edel of edelgolf.com so that we can be trained to fit people with his putters.

The entire concept is based upon the fact that different shapes, different hosels, different amounts of offset, different lines, shaft lengths, lie angles, etc. can all change the way a person aims their putter. Major champions sometimes choose putters they can't aim within eight inches of the hole from six feet away! It's shocking.

After that, putter weighting is taken into account so that players, whether they have a more "radial" (pendulum) or a "linear" (pop) stroke, can deliver the ball consistently to a hole 15 feet away. Linear putters often like to feel more weight in the grip end of the club, while pendulum putters often like heavier putter heads. People on faster greens tend to putt better with heavier putters, which they'll deliver a bit more slowly to the ball.

Consider this: if you can't aim the putter where you think you're aiming, you're going to need to make compensations to your stroke.

It was an eye-opening experience, and Edel finds that people's aim doesn't really change over time, so an Edel putter you buy in 2011 will still be a great putter for you in 2031.

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