By Steve Elling
MARANA, Ariz. -- For a putter carrying the same name as a town in Alaska, Hunter Mahan has been anything but freezing cold.
Mahan switched this week from a Ping Anser putter, an iconic, legendary club with an offset clubhead, to a more contemporary putter.
All he's done is scrape a tournament-best 28 birdies into the hole in his five matches en route to the Accenture Match Play final on Sunday at Dove Mountain.
Mahan is using a Nome, more of a mallet-headed club, with far less of an offset clubhead. He said he had tests run with a laser device and learned, to his shock, that with his old stick, he was aiming off-line, and not at the hole.
"Pretty amazing, everything was aiming left," he said.
It's been an amazing performance since. Now we'll see if he didn’t use all the magic before facing world No. 2 Rory McIlroy in the final.