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Tiger Wood's SAM PuttLab Numbers

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These are numbers from 2007 but I would wager not a lot has changed.  May surprise some of you to know that for a straight, Tiger aims right and his face is aimed left at impact.  That's why he likes to practice with his right hand only and exaggerates the "release" of the toe of the putter.  So one of the best putters in the history of the game and he doesn't aim close to the hole on a straight putt.

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Couple of things to note here.

  • Positive AoA.
  • Highest speed before impact.
  • Huge consistency cancels lower "scores."
  • Hits the ball consistently on the toe, with a face consistently left, so they likely neutralize.
  • Lots of face rotation but consistent again at getting the path at impact (not too important on putts) right.
  • Small arcs (you don't hit long putts when doing SAM testing).

The third point above is why Tiger struggled with his putting when he was heavily practicing his new full swing two and three years ago. And unless you practice your putting for 10 hours a week or more, it's exactly why you should strive to aim your putter better to start with, as his "hard toe release" requires a LOT of timing.

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Man, that guy sucks...

:-)

technically.

I can't practice that much.

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