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Stewart Cink hopes new swing saves career

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11:23 AM ET 01.19 | Stewart Cink is hoping a simplified approach will help resurrect his career. The 2009 British Open champion has just five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour following that memorable victory over Tom Watson at Turnberry, and none since May 2011. Much of that decline can be attributed to a swing change gone awry. Believing that he needed to add a draw to his repertoire, Cink has seen his world ranking slip from 15th at the end of 2009, to 47th, to 140th, to 319th, to his current spot at No. 333. Now, the 39-year-old says, "I'm just trying to be a little more fundamental. I've looked at what the best players in the past have done that's in common and seeing how I differ from those things. I'm not trying to copy anybody; I'm just trying to give myself the best chances of being accurate more often."

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January 19, 2013  01:50 PM ET

I wanna see how many guys dump the anchored putters this year, and what effect it has on their results vs last year!

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January 19, 2013  03:11 PM ET
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I've already heard or read quotes from a couple of the big name guys that use them saying that they aren't changing anything until they absolutely have to.Seems odd to me that the PGA would announce a rule change, but then say it doesn't go into effect for 4 years. I don't remember if that's how it worked out when they came down with the ruling on the grooves in the clubs.

That 4 yr lead time for the change probably has a lot to do with sponsors and millions spent of current and future ads and promotional items.

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January 21, 2013  09:23 AM ET

If i was making big bucks due to the hockey stick putter i would likely keep on keeping on until the bitter end also. That first offseason practicing with the shortie would be mighty stressful though.

January 21, 2013  02:02 PM ET

When are these guys going to realize that changing a swing that works isn't always the right thing to do...little Mike Weir is now in total disarray while Jim Furyk's continues to work fine...now if only we could work on the catastrophe known as his pre-putting routine.

January 21, 2013  03:47 PM ET
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When are these guys going to realize that changing a swing that works isn't always the right thing to do...little Mike Weir is now in total disarray while Jim Furyk's continues to work fine...now if only we could work on the catastrophe known as his pre-putting routine.

and implement a rule where he cannot under any circumstances remove his hat

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January 21, 2013  04:45 PM ET
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and implement a rule where he cannot under any circumstances remove his hat

Except to get a little color.

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