Of all the areas of the game that we all know we should practice more, it’s putting. The trouble is that putting practice just doesn’t have the allure of spanking one down the middle with a driver, puring an iron or fizzing in a wedge and watching it rip back.
We all know that practicing putting is the quickest way to lower your handicap but too many of the drills that we are told to do are just mindless repetition, not much fun or seem to have little relevance to actual putting. This is were the PuttPucks comes in.
The PuttPucks is 600 grams of finely machine aluminium with two outer rings around a center disc. There is also a poker chip ball marker (while stocks last). You can choose from a wide selection of colors, the standard colors are blue, silver and red which makes the PuttPucks look like a roundel from an RAF Spitfire. Given that I grew up next to what was a fighter base for the Battle of Britain, I didn’t see any need to change the colors. The build quality is superb, the separate pieces practically form a single disc when slotted together.
So how do you use it? First off, it’s a rebound target, i.e you putt at the puck and watch at what angle the ball comes off. While this sounds pretty obvious considering its shape it’s actually pretty good. The idea is that you putt towards it from a relatively short distance and try to get it come straight back to you. While it’s not that hard to hit a hole sized target from a few feet, it’s actually quite a challenge to hit it dead-center. That you have a large target to aim at means that you’ll boost your confidence but you have to be unbelievably precise to get the ball to bounce straight back repeatedly. One of the direct effects of this practice is that not only do you develop a better idea of your aim point but you get used to taking a stronger and more confident stroke at the target. Since the vast majority of putting woes comes from being overly tentative this psychological side-effect has a marked improvement on putting, especially on shorter putts where practice with the PuttPucks makes you used to making aggressive putts at a hole sized target.
Secondly, it’s a series of targets. The beautifully engineered pieces disengaged to make 3 different sizes to aim at. The largest is the same size at the hole. The middle target is a ball width smaller so putts that hit this target would go in the cup. The smallest target is exactly the size of a ball and is reserved for the most precise and accurate drills. Altering the size allows you to emphasize accuracy on different length putts. Usefully, the PuttPucks website has a series of drills and games to improve both aim and distance control.
The third option is one reserved for the putting green and in some ways is the coolest use of the PuttPucks. As it fits into a hole on the green, you can reduce the size of the hole using the outer ring. For all the putting gadgets you can buy, the gold stardard is – can you get the ball in the hole? The sound of the ball hitting the bottom of the cup is what we all want and with the size of the hole reduced your focus becomes pin sharp and getting the ball in the hole is a real acheivement. After practising with the hole reduced, when you take it out the hole really does seem to be the size of a bucket. The only proviso with this is that your putting green cups need to be set up in the same way as the normal cups. If your club protects the side of the hole by not inserting the cup to the full depth you won’t be able to use the PuttPucks in the hole as it will sit above the putting surface.
The only negative that you can say about the PuttPucks is that most of what you can do with it, you can do with ordinary things like coffee mugs or egg cups but the PuttPucks is a brilliant putting aid – it helps with accuracy, confidence and precision and is very easy to use and it is designed to take the abuse of being hit – not something that you can claim for a mug. The vast majority of putting aids require too much setup or make you perform actions that are only vaguely related to getting the ball in the cup but everything you do with a PuttPucks is directly related to putting and you can use it anywhere: on the course, at home or even in the office (so long as no one catches you!). If you’re looking to improve your putting or you’re looking for a present for a golfer that has everything, you really don’t need to look any further than a PuttPucks. Highly recommended.
For more information, visitwww.puttpucks.com
WRX Spotlight: Putting Perfecter
Putting can be one of the most frustrating parts of the game, it mystifies scratch golfers as much as high handicaps and can make anybody tremble over a three-footers. It’s one of the biggest factors in scoring, especially for the club-level player, but it’s often one of the last things people actually work on. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to pound drivers on the range, am I right?
But if you are seriously looking for a simple tool to help get you into the proper address position, the Putting Perfecter is a great one to start with.
The beauty of the device is in its simplicity. Fitting under your arms and across your midsection, it “locks” the player into the proper position to create a pendulum putting stroke. After giving it a shot and hitting putts for just a few minutes, then going back to putting without it made me feel like I was much more connected.
Don’t think it’s just for putting though.
Funny story, when I first took it out to work on my putting, I used it for about 30 minutes and then moved onto my chipping. After a few trips around the putting green I tried chipping with the Putting Perfecter in the same position and “WOW” same connected feeling was produced—it was perfect for working on low-flying “runners.” I was excited to tell my friend about it, until I went home and realized they actually advertise it to help with that too. Guess I’m not as clever as I thought…
No matter how you use it, the Putting Perfecter is a simple and effective training tool that can be carried in a bag to be used before or after a round, takes NO time to set up (a big plus), and is light—so you don’t feel like its dragging you down if you actually keep it in your bag. Since it’s a putting tool, you can even use it indoors very easily. If you are someone that struggles with consistent address position on putts or disconnecting when chipping, I believe the Putting Perfecter is a great tool to try.
For more information check out the Putting Perfecter website.
WRX Spotlight: Uther Supply golf towels
Product: Uther Supply golf towels
Pitch: Via Uther: “Uther cart towels use the highest quality material and construction which have been tested to perform season after season…Uther’s unique blend of moisturize wicking, soft microfiber is 3x more absorbent than cotton and 5x more durable…Waffle pattern to easily remove even the most stubborn dirt in club grooves and golf ball dimples…Uther is the creator of the fashionable golf towel. Features unique sublimated prints and designs that make a fun accessory for both men and women golf bags.”
Our take on Uther Supply golf towels
Most golfers have a “logo” towel hanging on their bag today. Typically you’ll see the name of a course the golfer has visited, or an OEM name. Uther Supply towels, however, are different. Uther (pronounced “other”) Supply Founder Dan Erdman described his inspiration for this unique line of golf towels in an interview with GolfWRX a few years back:
“When you work in the back shop and storage facility, you handle a lot of golf bags. I just noticed rows and rows of bags that all look the same and I thought it made a lot of sense to inject some personality into it. You know, people go crazy for how all the pros personalize their wedges and their bags. They buy towels and bag tags from courses like TPC Sawgrass and Pebble Beach to personalize their stuff, but in the end it all kind of blends together… I thought we could really add something to the marketplace.”
They have certainly succeeded in creating a new type of towel in the marketplace. We used them over several rounds of golf, in various conditions to put them to the test.
Meant to be shown off, Uther golf towel designs are creative and clever, with some of the most popular being the “Happy Gilmore inspired” Cart Towel and “90s coffee cup” Tour Towel. There of course, are many others to choose from.
Of course, let’s not forget that the primary function of a towel is to clean your golf equipment. That might seem easy but we at WRX have ordered some custom towels from other manufacturers in the past and were disappointed in the performance. Uther’s towels, however, succeed in both form and function. They’re stylish, but they also are an excellent functional towel. You’re like to be impressed at how light they are as well. These aren’t bath towels, but rather high-quality microfiber blends that Uther says are 3x more absorbent than cotton.
As far as cons, if we’re nitpicking, you may need to find a larger carabiner clip for some golf bags if you want to hang your towel in a more prominent place. These are made to show off, after all.
Prices range from $28-$35 USD and are available for purchase at uthersupply.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy in the US and Golf Town in Canada.
WRX Spotlight: Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes
Product: Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes
Pitch: From Adidas: “Designed for protection from the elements, these golf shoes have enhanced cushioning to return energy on every swing. The shoes feature a spikeless outsole that flexes with your foot and has strategically placed lugs for outstanding grip and balance. An innovative closure system is built for micro-adjustments so you get the exact fit you need.”
Our take on Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes
Golf shoes are curious creatures existing in a strange place? No? Finally free of the gravitational pull of traditionalism, shoe styles are finally at a place where form follows function. And while you may pine for the days of saddle shoes aesthetically, your feet (and likely your golf swing) surely do not.
While the shoes are also available in gray/white and black/white colorways, we tested the bolder dark marine variant.
Now, “good” footwear, as we are constantly wont to admit, is highly subjective. As of yet, you can’t test two pairs of kicks on a TrackMan and determine which is superior (rumored featured of TrackMan 5). So leaving aside aesthetics and how you like your shoes to fit, we provide the most valuable information, that is, regarding stability, cushioning, and traction. However, in this case, it’s also worth noting the closure system does allow for a more precise fit (and one that stays in place) than lace-up shoes do.
With respect to comfort, first of all, anything Boost is going to be comfortable, and these shoes are no exception. And whether you refer to the “Forgefiber in the upper features heat-pressed, TPU-coated fibers…stitched in” to the upper (as Adidas does), or merely the sensation that the Forgefiber Boas provide a solid foundation during the swing, the truth is the same: sound, stable here.
A look at the Puremotion outsole showcases some serious spikeless technology that also offers performance on par with the very best in spikeless footwear.
A final word: These shoes are no porous sieve, either, as you might be concerned they could be on first glance. Adidas’ Climastorm technology in the exterior yields a respectable level of water-repellency.
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