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The data age in golf has begun. Thanks to the likes of Mark Broadie and other statisticians, we know more about where strokes are picked up and lost on the course than ever before. The prevailing knowledge from this data-driven approach to the game is that the old adage “drive for show, putt for dough” is misappropriated.
The long game has been proven to be more important and beneficial to the scorecard than the short game. However, while great advantages can be gained the farther away from the green that you are, mistakes can still be erased on the putting surface, as shown by Jordan Spieth on Sunday at The Open Championship.
Matt Kuchar outplayed Spieth shot for shot into the greens at Royal Birkdale down the stretch, but Spieth’s ability to hole putts earned him his third major championship. How can you erase the mistakes made by a balky iron or driving game? By making sure your putting stroke is as good and consistent as it can be.
The Momentus IDL (Inside Down the Line) Putting Track gives your body a simple way to groove your stroke without wasting time and energy by practicing the wrong thing. The putting aid anchors into the green with tees on either end of it and allows the player to simply run the putter along the piece of equipment to instill muscle memory of the perfect stroke.
The idea of a straight back and straight through putting stroke is flawed. Given the natural position of your arms, you exert more effort and lose consistency — especially on longer putts — when you accommodate for your lead arm in the backstroke. Instead, the IDL Putting Track takes what the best players in the world do — a slightly inside arc on the way back and a follow through at the target — and give you a physical reference for your stroke.
While gaining more distance off the tee and hitting better approach shots into the green will always be helpful, a solid putting stroke can erase mistakes elsewhere in your game. It’s not a perfect formula to slap it around the course and sink every putt you look at, but it’s one that can keep your scores low when you’re not having your best ballstriking day.
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