Tommy Fleetwood using £90 putter bought on eBay

Tommy Fleetwood made his best start on the European Tour since 2016 using a £90 putter that was bought off of eBay.

Jack Seddon's picture
Fri, 30 Aug 2019
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Tommy Fleetwood is one of just four players currently inside the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking who isn't tied down to a manufacturing deal, meaning he can pick and choose whatever clubs he wants to play with and no one pays him a penny to do so.

It's pretty rare for the top players not to be signed with a brand, as the likes of TaylorMade and Callaway pay the best golfers in the world a pretty decent fee to use their clubs.

Fleetwood is joined by Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and world No.1 Brooks Koepka in the small group of free agents inside the current top 20. The Englishman does have an apparel deal with Nike, but when it comes to clubs, Fleetwood has a pretty mixed bag.

Before the Omega European Masters, Fleetwood had been using an Odyssey #3 White Hot Pro putter, but it seems he's had a change-up for the event in Switzerland this week, due to his caddie Ian Finnis encouraging him to revert bag to an old friend.

That old friend is an Odyssey DFX 2-Ball Blade, that Finnis bought off of eBay for £90 back in January as a birthday present for Fleetwood, who had a lot of success with a very similar model growing up.

Finnis re-shafted and re-gripped the putter, so that it uses the same shaft as Fleetwood's previous Odyssey to make it more comfortable for the Ryder Cup star.

“The last three or four weeks, I putted poor,” said Fleetwood. “Today, it worked really well. Nothing like holing a few putts. It eases everything off when you’re going into the greens.”

It seems the switch for Fleetwood is paying off, as on Thursday he shot a 65 for the first time in nearly four years, needing just 21 putts in the process.

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