Today’s guest is Putting Theorist, Geoff Mangum. If you’re wondering why he’s a ‘Theorist’ and not a coach or instructor, you will find out during the interview. If you haven’t heard of Geoff I wouldn’t be surprised if you struggle with your putting because Geoff is probably the most knowledgeable person on the planet when it comes to putting, green reading or anything associated with both. Geoff is also the author of the book 'Optimal Putting: Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.'
Over 20 years ago he was an attorney and he used the principles of preparing for a case in court, where you research, read and learn everything you can about a topic before presenting that info to the jury or judge on behalf of your client in order to win the case. Geoff has researched and read about everything and anything written on putting from stroke mechanics, physics, eyes, putters and their design, greens and grass, golf balls you name it. Probably the most impressive and where he and I connected, the neuroscience of putting.
Part of what makes him so knowledgeable is he turns over every stone to continue his learning. Whether it’s a new putter, training device, way of reading greens, stroke theory or something else he will study it to the end. This is probably where he has rubbed the establishment the wrong way in that he has challenged the ‘old’ way of teaching putting and some are really put off by his presentation and/or methods or the way he goes about it. Even though he’s really trying to help.
There is one thing for certain…he knows putting. Whether you like him or loathe him you cannot deny his knowledge and because of that, he has my utmost respect.
There was so much information we tried to pack into today’s show and we only scratched the surface. I’m sure Geoff will have to come back so we can dive deeper into putting. Today was the starting point and I trust you enjoy our conversation.