Dustin Johnson switched putters, and he's making everything with the new one

Dustin Johnson switched putters, and he’s making everything with the new one

Dustin Johnson switched putters for this week's The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York. He went from TaylorMade Golf's Spider Tour Black putter to their TP Collection Juno model.

PGATour.com checked in with Johnson to get a sense of what prompted the switch, and the world No. 1 said he felt his touch was simply off after a T-13 at the PGA Championship.

So, he switched to the milled TP Juno, which is an Anser-style blade with a shape similar to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Johnson used before switching to Spider Tour ahead of the 2016 BMW Championship. The Juno has two 10-gram sole weights, integrating into a design that allows the center to be soled to the ground at address and takeaway.

What separates Johnson's TP Juno from what you can buy at retail is in the face.  Johnson has a milled face on his Juno, while the retail TP Juno has the company's Pure Roll insert.

Johnson shares the 36-hole lead at Glen Oaks, and he spoke after an opening 5-under 65 about the switch.

"I wasn't that comfortable to be honest with the putter, just because it's a new putter and I haven't putted with it," Johnson said. "Especially after the second hole when I hit it about 15 feet past and 3-putted, I'm like, oh, great, what have I done.  But the rest of the day my speed was really good. I was hitting the ball where I wanted to. Just I got a little bit more feel with the putter, instead of the Spider I was using, I was getting a little bit too mechanical and a little bit too — I was worrying about too many things when I was putting instead of just putting."

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