Top 10 finish for Sierra 101 in MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Blade Putter Test
Just released this week, our Sierra 101-Medium prototype finished in 9th place overall in the 2016 MyGolfSpy "Most Wanted Blade" putter testing, besting putters from some of the biggest brands in golf.
What's more, the Sierra 101 was one of only 4 putters in the field to place in the top ten from all 3 distances: 5, 10, and 20 feet.
For a first-time entry from a startup putter company, we thought this was a pretty solid showing.
MyGolfSpy (MGS) uses a similar methodology to our own accuracy testing, with 20 testers putting 6 times with each putter from each of three distances - 5, 10, and 20 feet. Instead of measuring miss distance, they use a metric called "Strokes Gained 18" (SG18) based on the research of Mark Broadie. This is measured by counting the number of strokes needed to "hole out" for each putt attempt from each distance. As MGS explains:
"The SG18 value reflects the number of strokes (plus or minus) a given putter would be expected to contribute to your score over an 18 hole span, relative to the average for the field. For example, a putter with a SG value of .50 (the SG18 value for our #5 blade this year), would be expected to save you half a stroke per 18 holes (or one stroke over 2 rounds) relative to the average putter in this field."
Our Sierra 101-Medium finished with an SG18 value of +.20, meaning it would lower your score by almost 1/4 stroke per round (or 1 stroke over 4 rounds) compared to the average putter in the test. This is a field comprised of the best putters of 2016 from the top brands, including Bettinardi, Scotty Cameron, Nike, and Ping, along with the best and brightest boutique putter companies.
You can access the full test results here.