Tiger Woods: Putting Will Be the Key to His Success in 2012

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Tiger Woods: Putting Will Be the Key to His Success in 2012
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Tiger Woods' iconic fist pumps followed some of the most clutch putts in the history of professional golf.

There was the 2000 PGA Championship—a birdie at No. 18 forced a playoff and another on the first hole of that playoff set the stage for victory.

At the 18th hole of the 2005 Masters Tournament—for his fourth green jacket.

From 15 feet to force a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open. That one made the cover of his video game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, and this article.

The list goes on and on.

Some 71 career PGA Tour wins later, as he prepares for the 2011 President's Cup and the 2012 PGA Tour season, Tiger knows he'll need to find that form if he's to once again win golf tournaments and reclaim his status as one of the best putters of all-time.

Sure, he needs to hit fairways. And he needs to hit greens. But more than anything else, he needs to make putts.

I recently spent some time in Nike Golf's R&D facility, The Oven, and discovered not only the brains behind Tiger's Nike Method putter, but also the Nike Putting Lab.

Let me tell you—I was blown away by what I found out. Let's take a look inside.

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