New Aids added 25 March, 2008
Right a sight that fits on top of putter
handle to show putter aim, especially useful
for 10-15 footers.
007 laser aiming putter from Norway.
Putter Alignment System attachment to putter
head aligning two white disks above ball on
Putter Laser attaches to shaft near putter
head to show aim.
IQ S-Factor stroke plane.
IQ S-Factor Putt Pocket hole reducer / gate.
IQ S-Factor Spot Liner ball marking tool.
IQ S-Factor Course Logix statistical program
for putting stats.
Coach Putting Software part of the $20,000
Golf Instruction Putting Analysis Software
for tracking putting stats ($9.99).
at the 2007 PGA Merchandise Show
1-25 to 1-27
System not ready for prime time -- plaugued
by bugs that need fixin' before shippin'.
IQ Stroke Trainer ($40) -- a stroke plane
set to 19 degrees (standard lie angle) at a
good price with adjustments to grove your tempo
-- good innovation.
Elmore's Trigger Golf "muscle memory"
band ($30) -- a resistance-training exercise
band to anchor in the green / ground and clip
to the balance point of the putter shaft, whose
use by stretching and holding in the finish
position of a straight stroke creates a wonderful
"afterimage" sensation of a good stroke
-- simple and cheap, too!
Enrique's BreakBuster Golf Balls (sleeve
of 3 free with S&H of $8.99) -- a central
black aim line on the ball with two other lines
in color on either side that aim in angles off
straight, with a procedure for aiming that selects
one of the colored lines for the stroke in relation
to the slope of the break. Neat, helpful idea.
Jim Jamison: "As a tour player
the two most important aspects for putting are
line and feel for distance. The BreakBruster
helps the golfer find the line on breaking putts."
Putt's Argon Laser Putter (about $150) --
a self-contained red-light laser with three
beams, from putter face, one either side of
the ball and one over top of ball, all projecting
lines along the ground and activated by buttons
embedded in the handle, for learning how to
aim the putter where intended and therefore
to also learn how to putt straight where the
putter aims -- comes with a practice target
for indoor work.
Putting System software ($300) -- just another
"technologist's" offering masquerading
as teaching and causing golfers to chase parameters
in a slice-and-dice approach. Useful for watching
square impact, but so is the baseboard of a
wall, a ruler, a string line or a chalk line
or a line on the floor -- from a nongolfer graduate
student at MIT.
Golf Technology's Path Finder ($119) --
a metal putting deck with moveable magnetic
pegs on either side of the stroke path in backstroke,
impact area and thru-stroke to allow golfer
to first find and then practice his particular
stroke path, so he can always keep putter face
square to the path -- a popular, less-expensive
articulation of the professional-grade PuttingGuide
($1,650+) that performs function more elaborately
and precisely, with Annika Sorenstam's coach
Henri Reis, the dean of Swedish coaches.
($20) -- a rounded attachment for the putter
face that requires a square, centered stroke
-- much cheaper than the Putterball sort of
approach, very useful info about delivering
the putter back to impact and how it feels --
real cheap and simple, but current version may
not work with center-shafted putters (cure coming
Perfect Pendulum Putting aid ($90) -- magnetically
attaching handles on frame on putter that separate
the hands to different positions to train a
non-hands, shoulder stroke -- interesting way
to eliminate hand dominance and gain feel of
good stroke in the upper torso area.
Laser Putter ($180) -- laser in face that
is registered by a target sensor for training
dead aim, and putter converts to USGA-legal
for play -- good combo.
Putting Grip ($40) -- wide, oversized, squared,
non-tapered grip similar in concept to Pure
Pendulum, Two Thumbs, and Wishbone grips, which
training aid (no price info) -- dome that projects
down to surface a circular light as virtual
hole 4.25" wide that records and reports
audibly whether putted ball crosses hole on
line and with good speed, with software to store
practice sessions and play games -- kind of
depends on whether surface is good, mostly high-tech