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Brad Faxon recalls Charlie Woods’ first putting lesson



Brad Faxon knows as well as anyone that life as a “putting guru” is a double-edged sword. Sure, there’s plenty to be gained from life as one of golf’s most trusted greenside experts, but there’s also plenty to be lost.

Not every golfer takes well to teaching. Not every golfer can overcome their putting demons. Not every golfer is capable of making dramatic improvements, and if they are, improvement typically comes at the end of a protracted effort. Sometimes, life as a putting guru can be trying.

According to Faxon, after just a few minutes with Charlie, he spotted something special in golf’s most famous 12-year-old.

Few out of every odd golf player takes well to educating. Few out of every odd golf player can conquer their putting evil spirits. Only one out of every odd golf player is equipped for making sensational upgrades, and on the off chance that they are, improvement ordinarily comes toward the finish of an extended exertion. In some cases, life as a putting master can attempt.

But sometimes, life as a putting guru can be very, very easy. Like when Charlie Woods came in for a lesson, as Faxon explained on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.


According to Faxon, after just a few minutes with Charlie, he spotted something special in golf’s most famous 13-year-old.

“I think a lot of people that have seen my little posts know I have a little workshop in the garage with all these putters, and Charlie, he knows who I am — he doesn’t really know much about me, but he knows I’m a good putter,” Faxon said. “He grabbed one of the Scotty Camerons that I had on the rack and he hit a few putts into this Scotty Cameron cup that I have.”

As Woods rocked a few putts in the garage, Faxon grabbed out his cell phone and began recording.

“I took a video of it,” he said. “I just kinda watched him. I was curious, ‘Charlie, do you know what your stroke looks like? Have you ever seen yourself putt?’ He says no.”

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So, the two rolled back the tape. And what did Faxon fix?

Nothing. Charlie had already figured it out himself.


“I showed him a face-on picture and I said, ‘What do you think?’” Faxon remembered. “He said, Jeez, it looks like I move forward and my chest kinda guides through the ball.’ And I go, ‘Yeah, it does a little bit. How would you change that?’”

Faxon didn’t need to say anything more. As soon as the youngest Woods identified the problem, he’d also identified the solution.

“The next putt he made a stroke and absolutely changed it 100 percent,” Faxon said. “I showed it to him and he goes, ‘That’s better, I’m just going to do that.’”

It was a striking second for Faxon. Woods had fixed his own placing imperfection in under five minutes, and had done it without breaking a sweat. He wasn’t yet a young person, but he previously appeared to have an uncommon degree of mindfulness — the caring Faxon had just at any point found in an interesting gathering of masters.

“It kinda reminds me of what the great players have inside them, it’s almost an innate ability to fix what’s going wrong inside them while it’s happening,” Faxon said.

Sometimes, life as a putting guru is tough. Sometimes, it’s hardly work at all.