Sharp: Time to reach for putter past

LPGA golfer Alena Sharp of Hamilton explains how she wipes the slate clean following a rough week and why the time has come to reach back into the past for her favourite mallet putter.

Reflect and forget is my motto this week. I had a rough tournament last week at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in Galloway, N.J., and the best thing to do is just to forget it and move on.

It was tough in the wind in the first round and I finished horribly — both days. Seaview isn't my favourite course on the Tour, but that is no excuse to play poorly. I recognize that I may not have been as focused as I normally am and I got too mechanical with every part of my game.

Maybe it was just a brain fart.

Now I'm in Springfield, Ill., the town of Lincoln, for the State Farm Classic at Panther Creek. I have had success here in the past, and I have good memories and vibes. Wiping the slate clean after a bad  week is easier for me to do now than in the past. I attribute it to the experience I have gained from being on the tour for six years.

Hockey's A Hit   

I'm very much into the Stanley Cup final. What a hit on Horton by Rome! The series has been pretty exciting so far, and I'm amazed how chippy the first three games have been — brutal hits and finger biting!

Yes, I'm cheering for the Canucks because it'd be nice for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. On a side note, I'm excited the Coyotes will be sticking around in Phoenix and Winnipeg got the Thrashers!

The main issue that continues to pop up is my putting. I've decided to go back to the ol' faithful putter I used in 2008 through the middle of 2010. It is a mallet putter, which suits my stroke much better. I'm a straight-back, straight-through putter, and usually require a face-balanced putter. I have the Scotty Cameron Fastback, which has great balance and weight to it.

I've always favoured the mallet putter and used it through my junior, amateur and college career. 

I don't know why I switched to a blade putter. That old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," really applies to golf. I was using a Taylor Made Daytona, and, though I had success with the Daytona at the end of last year, it has been streaky this season. Time to put it away for a little while. It's amazing how your mindset can change with a new club in your hands. I rolled it well Monday in practice and have confidence with it.

Putting is all about being comfortable and confident. 

Earmarked for autism

This is the Tour's 36th year in Springfield. There's a lot of community involvement in the tournament. The LPGA is not just about golf. About every week, the Tour gives back to the community and charities. Tuesday night, a group of us players volunteered our time to raise money for autism as "celebrity bartenders" at a local bar and grill called The Brick House. It was a fun night and a lot of the community came out to support this great cause. All of our tips were put in a bucket earmarked for autism.

On Saturday, we're raising awareness for breast cancer by having the players and caddies wear pink.

This is the fourth week in a row of tournaments for me. I'm getting a little tired, which is crazy because a few years ago, I used to play at least five in a row. With the slow start to the season and all the breaks between tournaments, I'm not used to playing this many in a row. I guess that short trip to Rio for the Brazil Cup also has added to my fatigue.

Looking on the bright side, following a solid week in Springfield, I get to fly home for five days before heading to Rochester, N.Y., for our next major, the Wegmans LPGA Championship.