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AI Golf – The Gatekeeper

Your Path is Key

During our offseason, a plethora of gizmos, gadgets and golf equipment funnel through our facility door. We all know the golf industry is cluttered with training aids. There are new ones popping up with each passing month. With time as the enemy, it is impossible to test each one for effectiveness and impact on a golfer’s performance. However, an intriguing product fell into our possession: AI Golf’s Gatekeeper.

As a putting training aid, the Gatekeeper gave us a perfect opportunity to test it out. AI Golf’s slogan for the product, “Your path Is key”, is certainly the focal point of the training aid. Let’s take a look and see if the proof is in the putting.

The Gatekeeper

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Endorsed by Stewart Cink, eight-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 Open champion, the Gatekeeper has four main goals:

  • Promote perfect path
  • Minimize face rotation
  • Create perfect tempo
  • Provide instant feedback

The Gatekeeper offers a unique twist and design. Its “removable cuff” design is integrated into the attachment clasp. This feature allows the device to be used on virtually any putter. Additionally, the Gatekeeper can be used at different heights along the putter shaft. These options make it extremely easy to use and setup.

From a visual standpoint, there is a hint that the designers took inspiration from Star Wars. Remember the Imperial shuttles? Well, the Gatekeeper’s retractable alignment tracks fold up and down just like the wings. This offers a sleek, compact design that is ideal for storing in your golf bag.

The key component of the Gatekeeper is the swinging pendulum feature. With multiple ball size options, golfers can utilize this feature to put their skills to the test. The goal is simple: make a stroke where the swinging pendulum passes through the gate. Doing so provides instant feedback for putting stroke consistency.

Check out AI Golf’s website for further details regarding the product.

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“Putt” To The Test

At MyGolfSpy, we have simple goals while conducting lab tests. First, to gain insight into how a product or training aid performs. Second, to educate ourselves and our readers. Third, to feed our enthusiasm to learn about items within the golf industry and to then turn that information into publications for our readers. So we assembled a testing pool to try out the Gatekeeper.

Eight putts were hit by each tester from five, 10 and 20 feet. We recorded total putts with and without the Gatekeeper. All putts were hit using an Odyssey Triple Track 2-Ball and the Gatekeeper’s beginner ball size.

Results

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Overall, the testing pool had four fewer total putts without the Gatekeeper attached to the putter. The biggest difference was at five feet where testers made a total of eight more putts without the Gatekeeper.

Interestingly, from 10 and 20 feet, the testing pool saw a slightly better performance while using the Gatekeeper. Each distance produced two more putts made with the Gatekeeper.

Tester Feedback

Much like Most Wanted testing, we also gather subjective feedback from our testers but that subjective feedback does not influence testing results. It’s simply a means to reflect consumer feedback.

  • If you are looking for instant feedback on your stroke path, the Gatekeeper provides that. Testers were able to tell immediately if their path was good.
  • A majority of testers thought the overall design was distracting. From the alignment track to the swinging ball, some were not sure where to focus.
  • Testers said the instant feedback did help them. They were able to focus on making a better stroke and, with that, their focus increased more as they putted from 10 and 20 feet.

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Key Takeaways – The Gatekeeper

1. Performance at Five Feet

Here’s where the greatest performance differential exists. Testers made 124 total putts at five feet without the Gatekeeper and 132 total putts with it. This eight-putt differential is certainly worth noting. Eighty-four percent of the testing pool made more or the same number of putts from five feet when not using the Gatekeeper.

2. Signs of Potential Benefits

From 10 and 20 feet, testers made an average of two more putts when using the Gatekeeper. That’s nothing spectacular but it is a suggestion that improvements could be made over time. Our testing pool said they were more focused while putting from these distances with the device promoting perfect path, better tempo and instant feedback. Putting from farther away, testers appeared to see potential benefits quicker than anticipated.

A third of the testing pool saw an increase in putts made while using the Gatekeeper. Although a small portion, these results are supporting evidence of potential performance gains, mainly from 10 feet. Those who made more putts using the Gatekeeper were seeing two to four more putts made.

Closing the Gate

Based on the small data set, there is minimal evidence of immediate impact on performance. Yes, there are signs of potential benefits, especially from 10 and 20 feet. However, a training aid is a training aid. More often than not, you won’t see immediate results or enhancements to your game. It requires dedication and constant use, just like honing your golf game as a whole or being disciplined in your workout routine. Neither happens overnight. It takes time and repetition.

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      Ken

      2 years ago

      truly sorry I read this article and bought this product. After using, its simply not for me, and I cant really see it being for anyone.

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      Joe

      2 years ago

      Looks like another item that takes money out of your pocket and puts it into someone else’s.

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      So overall, there is also a better without this thing? Appreciate the article about this item but right there, that’s a no-go for me. Plus, as mentioned in other posts, you put differently when some contraption is attached onto your putter, it throws everything off. I’ll pass on this one.

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      Bob

      2 years ago

      Funny this popped up. I actually bought one of these a couple months ago. I’m generally not a big training aid guy but I needed a fix for yips that I couldn’t shake. I’ll tell you what… nothing has highlighted the problems I hand with my putting stroke, mainly with tempo for me. It was a bit confronting at the start but it didn’t take long and I could feel me ironing out the wrinkles. I use it before my rounds now just to get in the groove and I can safely say it might look like a gimmick but it is the real deal.

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      Brent

      2 years ago

      This looks like a cool training aid!
      Clear concept and looks lightweight plastic which you wouldn’t feel on the putter and instant feedback is key when trying to improve your game

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      Jon Silverberg

      2 years ago

      The second sentence under Results: “The biggest difference was at five feet where testers made a total of eight more putts without the Gatekeeper.” conflicts with the second sentence under Key Takeaways 1. Performance at Five Feet: “Testers made 124 total putts at five feet without the Gatekeeper and 132 total putts with it. ” These two sentences are directly in conflict. Which is it?

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      Dennis

      2 years ago

      Spot on Jon.
      Additionally, in the “Performance at Five Feet” section the post reads: “Eighty-four percent of the testing pool made more or the same number of putts from five feet when not using the Gatekeeper.”
      WHEN NOT USING you putt as well or better !
      Doesn’t bode well for adopting this aid IMO

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      Charles

      2 years ago

      5 years now of different “aids” and putters, practice, and putting routines. I found my putter and now I pile all my greens practice time into AimPoint. And in a month and a half, I’ve lowered my putts average to 1.8.
      But you never know what’s going to work for YOU until you finally find it. So you’re going to have to plow through all these training aids until you find what works for you. This might but YMMV.

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      Alex C

      2 years ago

      How well would this work on a putter with toe hang? I can it for a face balanced putter.

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      Nick

      2 years ago

      One additional thing. The face angle is a more important key than the “path”.
      If the face is square at contact, the path can be off line as much as 15-20 degrees or more and the ball still goes in the hole particularly on short putts. A perfect path with a face angle open or closed the same 15-20 degrees makes zero putts.

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      James

      2 years ago

      Exactly. Path is not key, face angle is…

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      Nick

      2 years ago

      As with all training devices that are attached directly to the club, the resulting stroke becomes totally different as compared to a stroke when playing an actual game. In the present instance the Gatekeeper will add significant weight to the club in addition to the distraction of the awkward structural parts. The end result is a golfer will practice a stroke that is never encountered on the golf course so the practice lessons do not translate to actual play.

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      Ramesh Singh

      2 years ago

      Just looking at your pics gives me the same opinion ie: Distracting. It also appears bulky and I wonder about the weight difference it will add to the putter and wether that will then influence your actual putt once the contraption is removed.

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      Milo

      2 years ago

      I’d buy it for 20 bucks.

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      lgv

      2 years ago

      Well, thanks, but it doesn’t really tell us anything. Without having all the data, we don’t know if any variations are statistically significant. I’m guessing the few extra putts made at 10 and 20 ft. were not statistically significant, but it really doesn’t matter. The point of a training aid is not to perform better while actually using the aid. It would be like measuring my swing speed while using a Superspeed stick.

      Each subject putts x number of balls at each distance for 5 straight days. They then practice with AI device for 5 straight days, then repeat the putting test without the aid for 5 days as they did prior to using the AI device.

      Even better would be if half the group practiced during the second 5 day period without the AI device, and then repeated the original test. This would be the control group. It’s quite possible the control group would improve just by practicing 5 straight days. You then compare the control group and the AI group to their original 5 day results.

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      Dave S

      2 years ago

      Exactly. What LGV said… Show me how training with a training aid affects performance without it.

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      Allen

      2 years ago

      I’m with LGV on this one.

      The “test” tells us nothing about the effectiveness of the aid in improving putting. It just compares putting performance without the aid and with the aid on the putter. A golfer doesn’t play golf with the aid on the putter.

      Was there any transference of skills once the aid is removed? Would a golfer benefit from the aid, and benefit more than just practicing putting. without it? Is there any correlation between putting better or worse with the aid on the putter to improving once the aid is removed?

      The MGS staff should look at “Evidenced Based Golf” by Christina and Appenfels, to see how to conduct a test on drill and training aid effectiveness.

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      Kevin S

      2 years ago

      Nice review. I can see how the aid can be distracting. I think the idea of it is great but there must be a way to simplify it.

      Reply

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