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Golf: The Putter Or The Person Putting?

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“It's definitely not the finished article, but it's a big step in the right direction,” said McIlroy, who began the day six strokes off the lead. “I’m excited with how my game is and what I've found this week, and hopefully I can keep it going for the next couple of tournaments…”

That’s Rex Hoggard reporting on Rory McIlroy’s remarkable turnaround at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not only did Rory come from six shots behind.. It also appears that he’s found a cure for his putting woes with the help of putting guru Phil Kenyon and a Scotty Cameron putter designed to be almost an exact replica of the one he used prior to signing for Nike.

Guru or good memories?
Rex writes, “With apologies to Phil Kenyon, who is by all accounts one of the game’s best putting gurus, it was the sheer force of will that lifted Rory McIlroy to victory on Monday at the wind-battered Deutsche Bank Championship.”

Given that Rex appears to favour the idea that Rory’s victory was attributable to will power rather than support from a Scotty and Phil I’m inclined to disagree and yet when I recall the crunch putts frequently made by Tiger and the Golden Bear it’s hard to dispute the suggestion that it’s possible to will the ball into the hole. But there again perhaps it’s simply a matter of reliving memorable moments and knowing that it can be done.

The mechanics or simply mental toughness?
According to Rory switching to the Scotty Cameron Concept M1 mallet reduced his head twisting and allowed his putter face to remain square at impact.
Rory said, "I feel like with the putter change to a mallet, it doesn't encourage that face to close that much, which is the bad putt I was getting, So just sort of encourages the face to stay a little more square through impact."

On the other hand perhaps it was simply his growing maturity and mental toughness,
Rex writes, “It was the kind of finish that earlier in his career McIlroy would have probably not had the mental toughness to pull off. For a player who has at many times in his career made winning look easy, this one was hard. This one was special.”

Link to Rex Hoggard

Quote of the Day
"You know I need that cockiness, the self-belief, arrogance, swagger, whatever you want to call it, I need that on the golf course to bring the best out of myself. So you know once I leave the golf course, you know that all gets left there." - Rory McIlroy

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