*I will confirm the exact putter that goes into play tomorrow at tee off but from what I can tell, this is all going down as described below 👌🏼Fun insight nonetheless:)
Kevin Kisner is one of my favorite players on our staff to follow. He’s gritty, honest, precise, and the best part, he’s always surprising me. If you look at his bag it’s more or less a playlist of Callaway highlights of the last 6 or 7 years. He’s definitely one of those players that like to stick with what works and will let it ride until that isn’t true anymore. It may not be as much fun as the guys that swap in the new gear every year but I respect the loyalty. You need two or three on every staff to keep things interesting….between Kiz and Henrik we have all we can handle LOL!!
After rounds of 72-77 MC at the Masters (he actually played pretty well tee to green🤷🏻♂️), Kisner wanted to shake things up with his putting and will most likely show-up Thursday with a brand new wand. He’s going to the Arm Lock.
Usually, when Kiz makes an adjustment to the gear it’s quite subtle without any MAJOR leaps (not his style), but this week it’s actually a big deal…at least for a gear junky like me. 😏
It needs to be pointed out that Kevin Kisner is not a good putter…..he’s an amazing putter, one of the best on TOUR (15th in Total Putting in 2021). So this change may seem a little confusing to most but from what I know of Kisner, it’s been well thought out and will most likely pay off. The guy knows what he’s doing.
Odyssey Tour Rep Joe Toulon was in the middle of it all this week and this was his report: .
Kevin sent me a text on Saturday (Masters Weekend) and asked if he could look at a couple of arm lock models. I had made him one a few years ago because he had noticed some players finding success with it and became curious. I think watching Will Zalatoris do so well at Augusta last weekend made him start thinking about it again LOL.
When he got to Hilton Head this week we made him a couple of models to try and honestly I’m not surprised he liked the Stroke Lab Black 7 (Arm Lock head). It’s a familiar shape from his EXO #7 and WH Pro #7 that he has used for years. He has been a little frustrated with his putting recently (he has high standards) and wanted to do something to get it started more on line.
One thing he started noticing was a little bit of a lag in the transition from backstroke to through stroke and that led to some inconsistencies in face angle at impact. With an arm lock pressed against the forearm, you really can’t lag it at all. He really liked the face stability he was getting. We (coach, caddy, me, and Kiz) dialed in the loft on Tuesday and he was set. Starting it right down his line again and the confidence came right back. Amazingly, he looks extremely comfortable over it. Typically when players go to Arm Lock, SPEED is the final obstacle to overcome and with time and more reps that will develop nicely.
Kevin Kisner Putter Specs:
Odyssey Stroke Lab Black #7 (Arm Lock, Single Bend, 1.25 Shaft Offset)
Insert: White Hot
Alignment: Dots in white/lines in black
Weight: 628 Grams Total
Grip: Flatson 17′” Sideways
Kevin Kisner WITB (April 2021)
Driver: Callaway GBB (firstname.lastname@example.org degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F1 6 X
3-wood: Callaway Mavrik SZ (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F3 7 X
7-wood: Callaway Mavrik SZ (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 130 MSI 80 TX
Irons: Callaway Apex UT (21, 24 degrees), Callaway Apex Pro ’14 (5-9)
Shafts: MCA MMT 125TX (3-4) Nippon Pro Modus3 120TX (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (46-10F, 54-08M), Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon Pro Modus3 125
Ball: Titleist Pro V1