God gave McIlroy a beautiful swing, but not putting ability.’
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) is also an enviable existence for golf players. In particular, his powerful but well-balanced swing is such that even ‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) recommended his son Charlie to watch and learn.
Thanks to this, McIlroy is mostly at the top of the long game metrics. This season alone, as of the 23rd (Korean time), he is ranked 8th in strokes gained overall, 1st in drive distance, and 6th in strokes gained from tee shots.
The problem is putting. He ranked 173rd this season in strokes gained putts with -.429. In terms of strokes gained, McIlroy is the only one with a negative record in putting, and his ranking is outside the top 100.
McIlroy seems to be well aware of his weaknesses. He changed his putter ahead of the World Golf Championship (WGC) Dell Technologies Match Play (total prize money of 20 million dollars).
Until the Players Championship, I used TaylorMade Spider Hydro Blast, but this week I came out with a Scotty Cameron custom putter.
GolfWRX, an American golf equipment magazine, said, “The detailed model name is unknown, but the new custom putter McIlroy brought appears to be a Scotty Cameron 009M made of chromatic bronze. It looks like a standard Newport head, but has softer edges and a thicker top line. ” he estimated.
The American Golf Digest predicted, “The putter that McIlroy changed is the same style he used to win major tournaments,” and predicted, “As the 2023 Masters approaches, we will surely expect similar results.”
Since winning the PGA Championship in August 2014, he has not won a major for about nine years. In last year’s Open, he also dedicated the championship to Cameron Smith (Australia) in the final round. Even then, I got caught in putting.
It’s not just the putter that McIlroy has changed for putting. Golf Digest quoted putting coach Brad Paxson as saying,먹튀검증 “McIlroy doesn’t use lines on the ball anymore.”
Usually, players draw a line on the ball to make it easier to putt. Golf Digest explained, “McIlroy has been repeating that he did or didn’t use the line for years.” “With the line of the ball, it’s hard to match the speed and I feel disconnected from the target,” McIlroy said.
Is it because of the changed putter? McIlroy beat Scott Starlings (USA) by 3 holes with 1 hole left in the first round of the match play group match. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to attain his putting ability this year.