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ZENIO Putting Review – WGC @ Doral

March 23, 2011

Earlier in this month, I blogged about an opportunity I had to work with Joe Bosco at the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship that took place at the Doral Resort and Spa (Doral, FL).

Joe Bosco (JoeBosco) is a 23 year expert in putting, short game, and mental performance coaching.  Joe was recently selected by ZENIO SPORTS to be the US Director of ZENIO Instruction and certification.  Hence, when asked to be part of the Cadillac Performance Center, Joe chose to incorporate ZENIO.  Joe operates Joe Bosco Golf – The Shortest Distance to Lower Scores at The Glen Club Glenview, Illinois.  He and his facility are the first US ZENIO Performance Center in the United States. 

Throughout the tournament, Joe and I saw over 750 golfers at our tent in the Cadillac Performance Center.  On hand was ZENIO inventor, Dr. Richard Jaekel of Germany, who was also working with tour players using ZENIO during the week. 

Joe Bosco helps youngsters at the ZENIO Putting Lab in the Cadillac Performance Center at Doral

So, what is ZENIO?

ZENIO is a putting training system designed to measure key aspects of the putting stroke.  The ZENIO device attaches to any putter and weighs 29 grams.  Via Bluetooth, data is instantly transmitted to a PDA or Smartphone.  This information can be stored and shared with others. 

ZENIO Device + Info on Smartphone

What does ZENIO measure?

ZENIO uses sensors attached to the putter face to measure the consistency of certain aspects within the putting stroke including (1) rhythm of the stroke, (2) impact location, (3) face angle at impact, (4) face angle at end of backswing and throughswing, and (5) the loft angle at impact.  These aspects are translated into an overall score using consistency percentages of rhythm, face angle, and impact.  Users of ZENIO get to see how their scores compare to those of the touring pros using ZENIO!

ZENIO Results Display

As Joe Bosco explained, the secret to ZENIO’s emerging success is due to its unique ability to be used in real playing conditions.  ZENIO is not confined to a certain location or inside lab.  Therefore, ZENIO users can use the device to receive information on whether or not their stroke remains consistent on various putts; uphill, downhill, left-to-right, right-to-left, short, long, etc. – you can see the opportunities.   

We watched Justin Rose warm up with Dr. Jaekel each day using ZENIO on the practice green before Justin’s rounds.  One day, Justin hit putts with both his eyes open and closed, checking his ZENIO numbers to see how similar they were.  Perhaps Justin was working on his rhythm since closing eyes helps one to relax.  Interestingly, of the 750 golfers Joe and I saw during the week, the two highest scores came from two participants who were outspokenly inebriated.  While I do not condone the cause of their state, it was apparent they were amongst the most visibly relaxed participants.  Fortunately, we can also use more effective performance enhancing mental techniques to relax and allow ourselves to execute consistent rhythm. 

A participant at the ZENIO Lab - Cadillac Performance Center

Throughout the week, I noticed that rhythm was the main aspect with which the average golfer struggled.  However, when rhythm consistency improved, so did face angle and impact location consistencies.  When asking Joe about this, he said, “Rhythm is essential in every golf stroke from the putter to the driver.  Rhythm is the oil that allows the engine (or swing mechanics) to run.” Next time you are on the course, become aware of and focus on having consistent rhythm.  You just might find this allows your swing mechanics to also “run” smoother.

From my experience using and teaching with ZENIO at Doral, I can see how it is certainly of benefit to any golfer looking to improve their putting, and, hence lower their golf scores.  ZENIO provides immediate feedback which helps to promote a more consistent putting stroke during different putting scenarios or conditions.  This consistency allows a golfer to start the ball on his or her intended line with the correct speed more consistently… is that not the object of the putting stroke?

Readers, what ways have you had success improving putting?  Have you used putting devices or labs yielding good results and feedback?

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 8:44 am

    Sarah,
    Nice work on this post. I appreciate you taking the time to provide the review. I am very interested in the system and have sent Mr. Bosco an email. The three most intriguing aspects of the Zenio are the ability to record impact, rhythm, and the portability of the system. I hope to have the opportunity to experience Zenio soon. Great post and keep up the good work!

    #howgolfprosroll

    Rob McGill, PGA

  2. March 23, 2011 10:50 am

    Sara,

    I must say. I am quite intrigued.

    I will look into this decide and see how it can be used to help my students.

    Thanks for sharing and fort the review.

    JG

  3. Phil permalink
    March 23, 2011 4:33 pm

    I currently do short putts with two balls, right-hand only and left-hand only putts, strokes with a ball placed on my right wrist, and a 1-2-3-4 rhythm routine.

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