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CS2 training aid: Excellent for improving your putting stroke
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 8:55 a.m.
How many times throughout the course of an 18-hole round of golf do you three-putt? If the answer is anything more than "zero," that's probably too much.
Even if you rarely three-putt, you can always use more consistency on the greens.
That's where a company called "CS2" comes to the rescue. "CS2" stands for: "Consistent Stroke/Consistently Square" (putter face at impact).
CS2 offers an incredibly helpful putting aid that's sure to improve your stroke, which will result in more confidence on the greens and less strokes recorded on your scorecard.
The CS2, essentially, is a board that is designed to give golfers a great visual as well as intuitive feel as to what is happening in their putting stroke.
Watch the video below where European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, who has been known to make some huge putts under pressure, explains how you can use the CS2:
The CS2 is basically a two part training system.
"The first part is what we call the base plate," explained Ronnie Mathews, one of the men behind CS2. "We recommend that golfers start with this only, as it will help them to understand their own preferred putting path. We do not believe that there is one perfect putting stroke -- rather that each golfer needs to find his own preferred path. The guide rails on the base plate are completely adjustable to accommodate any putter head size, and also the golfer's current skill level. In addition, you will see that the rails can be set up for a 'square to square' stroke, or can be arced to accommodate an 'in to square' stroke. This arc can vary from slightly inside, to quite radically inside."
Once the preferred putter path is determined, Mathews recommends that the golfer record the preferred setting and set up to those specific numbers for each practice session. Golfers should become so comfortable with the setting that they can make a putt with their eyes closed.
The second part of the CS2 training system involves learning how to return the putter face to square at impact.
"In this stage, the runway is clipped onto the base plate, and the two adjustable end gates are clipped onto the runway," Mathews said. "To start, the end gates should be set at their widest setting. The objective now is to roll the ball through the end gates without hitting either side. Once the golfer is regularly doing this, the gates can be made tighter. Once the golfer is getting the ball through the tight setting most of time, they are already vastly improved putters."
CS2 also teaches the golfer proper alignment and aim. The base plate has lines which show a square putter face at address, as well as a reflective patch to give an indication of where there head is.
"We do not believe that every golfer's head has to be directly over the ball, therefore the reflective patch is not an 'eye mirror,' but rather a guide as to where your head is," Mathews said. "The line on the runway gives the golfer a great visual image of the intended line of putt."
The beauty of the CS2 is that it works just as well indoors as it does outdoors -- welcome news for those of us who can't get out to the course in brutal winter weather conditions.
To learn more about the CS2, visit www.cs2putting.com.
The CS2 Putting Aid is available for $89 and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.
CS2 also offers a Putting Cup (included with the putting aid, or sold separately for $12.99).
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