Originally Posted by JerseyThursday
Its hard to gauge other aspects of the game with technical advances in the ball and clubs (especially the ball) from generation to the next.
I was wondering if all the incredible variations of R&D into putter heads and shaft/neck/grip options has resulted in better putting for the tour pros of today. It probably has made it a bit better for the average golfer, but if you were to take 20 top touring pros from today and 20 from the 1960’s (who mostly would be using some variation of blade style of putters) and have a huge putting contest would the pros of today win out?
A 10 handicapper might win it.
Putting isn't difficult, and I think that if pros from the 60s had time to figure out how to putt on modern greens (their strokes may not be suited for these speeds), it'd be awfully close to even.
They may need quite a long time, as not only would their distance control be off, but their reads would be off quite a bit as well.
I think things like SAM PuttLab have improved modern pros a little, but it's such a small percentage (because there is so little gain to be made in putting) that it can't help too much.