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Shelton: Small change makes big difference in Ferguson’s LPGA debut

Many times, little tweaks have resounding effects. Case in point, Stefanie Ferguson’s putting at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Despite missing the cut the former Broomfield star had a respectable showing at her first LPGA major event, punctuated by a solid short game at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. The lead LPGA teaching professional at Denver’s Green Valley Ranch Golf Academy drained five birdies over the course of 36 holes behind what she pegged as some of her sharper putting, as of late. 

She credited some of her success to thriving under the pressure situations she relishes — each of her birdies came on greens with grandstands. But she also believes an equipment change gave her a competitive edge at the tournament. Leading up to the Wegmans Ferguson was nailing her shorter putts, but was off the mark on her longer attempts. At the suggestion of a fellow pro, she switched from her toe-hang putter, to a more balanced face-hang model.

The results of the equipment change were almost immediate, with Ferguson draining 20-plus foot putts the day she picked up her new putter.

“Along with may swing, switching putters was one of the major changes I made leading up to the Wegmans,” she said.