How many times has it happened to us that until we got close to the hole everything went well and then suddenly unintentionally, we destroyed our game with terrible putting (more than 3)? I also break my head on how to score lower.
We all know that we must add our ability to read a putt, aim our putter face accurately, and control our ball speed so that it matches our read. Probably, my biggest challenge in putting is how to control my ball speed.
Did you know: the PGA Tour average from 35 feet is 2.0 putts whereas a 16-25 handicap needs to be some 20 feet closer to reach that average.
One of the vows this year was to learn to control the speed of the ball. How could I achieve this?
My Irish PGA Pro recommended buying putting aid to practice ball speed & alignment outside his lessons. He said I should consider these five issues:
- Practicality – where & when you will use it
- Design – keep it simple
- Durability – check out the material of the putting aid
How many of you remember and use PING’s iPING free mobile application or Swingbyte? Just for a quick reminder. The iPING app is analyzing your putting consistency by 3 criteria:
- impact angle, and
- stroke type.
So unlike other putting aid, you can put it on your putter (regardless of brand and putter shaft size). AI Golf has made sure that if the thickness of the shaft is thinner, you can still put it on, by using their rubber insert. This is what happened to me with my Wilson Staff putter.
When I first tested it a couple of weeks ago, I really enjoyed the instant feedback and the quick improvement of my putter placement + amplified my focus. My tempo is still not ideal, but I believe I am on the right track.
What’s still very good about it is that it’s not location-dependent like most competitors. Depending on your level of game (Pro – Advanced – Beginner) you can choose the iron ball accordingly.
Meanwhile, Golf Datatech has just reported in June
“Golf equipment sales (balls, clubs, shoes, bags, gloves, distance devices) were up 78% compared to 2020 and 41% vs. 2019.”
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