Col. Horace Templeton

The green-reading pioneer

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Col. Horace Templeton

The Templeton Method: the science at the heart of Zen Putting Mechanics™.

Who was Col. Horace Templeton?

After a distinguished military career, including a period as test pilot for the iconic Mach-3 Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, US Air Force Colonel Horace Templeton retired from service.

In the 1970s Templeton, an avid golfer, wrote a book which would become a technical putting bible for many in the sport: ‘Vector Putting – The Art and Science of Reading Greens and Computing Break’, and also created golf’s first detailed green-reading maps.

He believed that a fundamental inability to read a green was the single biggest single barrier to success for most golfers. We agree.

We developed the Zen Green Stage with Templeton’s methods in mind, and pay tribute to him wherever we are in the world.

2014 - The 40th Ryder Cup

At Zen, we used Colonel Templeton’s findings as the inspiration for the Zen Green Stage. But we put his methods to an even more spectacular use at Gleneagles in 2014.

In September of that year, Zen created detailed maps of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. They were used by the victorious European Team, captained by Paul McGinley.

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