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Review: The Perfect Putter Training Aid

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Pros: By rolling the ball consistently, the Perfect Putter helps golfers find the correct speed-line combination of any putt. Extra accessories help golfers improve their putting skills, and the Perfect Putter doubles as a Stimpmeter.

Cons: It’s $299. So if you’re not serious about practicing your putting, don’t bother.

Who’s it for? Chalkline and Aimpoint users will love this gadget, as will any golfer who wants the highest-quality feedback from a practice station.

The Review

[quote_box_center]”Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect,” said Vince Lombardi, the hall-of-fame football coach for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.[/quote_box_center]

The Perfect Putter — which you’ve probably seen in our weekly Tour photos being used by several top PGA Tour players — helps golfers stick to Lombardi’s coaching ideals when practicing their putting.

Golfers often purchase a training aid in an effort to fast track their improvement, hoping for an overnight fix. The Perfect Putter will not provide that magical pixy dust, and that’s not its purpose. The training aid, which looks a lot like a Stimpmeter and actually doubles as one, helps golfers set up a perfect practice station that maximizes proper feedback.

Here’s how it works: The Perfect Putter is designed with a Clothoid curve, or “Euler spiral,” to transfer maximum energy on the golf ball, which gets it rolling on the green as soon as possible as it exits the tracks. By rolling instead of bouncing, the ball rolls more consistently on the green, which offers multiple benefits for a golfer.

With the help of its additional gadgets, the device can be used to improve your green reading, alignment, speed and putting stroke, but you must be willing to put the work in to see improvements. If golfers do, it will give them the definitive feedback about what’s working on the greens and what’s not.

For a long time, golfers have used chalk lines on the practice greens to get feedback on whether a putt was hit on their intended line. But drawing a chalk line, which works best on perfectly flat putts, has always been a “guess-and-check” ordeal. The Perfect Putter solves that.

Jim Furyk, a known perfectionist, uses the Perfect Putter -- in his flip-flops.

Jim Furyk, a known perfectionist, uses the Perfect Putter. It even works in flip flops!

Here’s a video of how Kevin Streelman uses the device.

Beginners can also benefit from the Perfect Putter, as it provides immediate feedback on the proper speed to use for a given line. The drills below can help build and sharpen green-reading skills.

The horseshoe-like gadgets, or gates, can help golfers fine tune their aim point and amount of break. Get the speed and line right? Good things happen; the ball goes in.

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Get the speed wrong…

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Or the line wrong…

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And the ball will either hit the gate, or make it through the gate but miss the hole. If you keep hitting the gate and/or get frustrated, there’s larger options with more leeway until you develop a more repeatable stroke.

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Gates come in three sizes: Beginner (2.8 inches), Intermediate (2.5 inches) and Professional (2.2 inches)

A great drill to develop your green-reading skills is to visualize the putt, then use the Perfect Putter to see how it really breaks. Aimpoint users can also use the Perfect Putter to verify their reads, as well as measure stimp and the associated arm bend they use to calculate break.

See more drills here on Perfect Putter’s website.

To use the device as a Stimpmeter, which measures the relative speed of any green, drop a perfectly clean golf ball from the “0” setting in two opposite directions and then average the distance. If the average distance is 10 feet, for instance, those greens would be “rolling at a 10.”

To read more about the Perfect Putter, and find out where to buy one, visit their website.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Jason

    Sep 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    We are lucky enough to be friends with the guys who invented this device and this week we got a on site demo of the Perfect Putter. Admittedly this is not for everyone. Nor is it the type of training aid that you buy and get better without lots of effort on your part. But lets be honest, do these types of trainers really exist?

    I am very impressed at the consistency of the roll and the only limitations are based on your imagination or lack there of. The first thing I noticed was how badly I was under reading putts. Especially putts that break away from me (left to right).

    If you are linear or non-linear you can come up with some great drills with this device. However, if you are not willing to put in the work then don’t bother. Like anything else in life, there are no short cuts to being a good putter.

  2. James Saylor

    Aug 13, 2015 at 6:05 am

    It looks perfect, but the price is prohibitive. Maybe, I have to look cheaper

  3. DaveTrom

    Aug 3, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Didn’t Dave Pelz come up with same thing called a True Roller in the 1980’s?

  4. ooffa

    Aug 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Ha Ha Ha you got me good. This thing is a joke right. Man you guys had me believing this article was real for a moment there. A golf ball ramp for 300 bucks. Wow, good one guys.

  5. Steven

    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    It looks cool, but the price is prohibitive.

    A much cheaper option that would do the same thing, minus the stimp meter, is the Absolute Reader by Esoteric Golf. The advantage of it would be that you can actually putt the ball. If I have more practice time next season I might get one (http://www.golftrainingaids.com/Absolute-Reader/productinfo/ABSOLUTE/).

  6. Andy W

    Aug 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Verify Aimpoint with this PP? Still must get that weighted “feeling” in your feet to your brain, which I can’t even feel half my body parts these days. Something that puts a VISUAL angle/gap in you face for each putt for a perfect Greenread at ebay search, “Surveying Putting”

  7. WolfWRX

    Aug 1, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Looks interesting but very pricey.

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WRX Spotlight: Putting Perfecter

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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.

 

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Linksoul golf apparel

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Product: Linksoul golf apparel

Pitch: From Linksoul “Linksoul is more a philosophy than a brand. More of an experience than a clothing company. Linksoul is the collective life’s work of people who care about each other and enjoy collaborating. We believe in creating products we value, with the people we love, for the good of our families and our community. Our roots are in golf. We descend from a long line of golfers, craftsmen and artists. But now we fill our time with many interests, including surfing, skiing, hiking, yoga, travel, cooking, parenting, dog walking…We believe that these everyday practices teach us the most about ourselves.”

Our Take on Linksoul’s golf apparel

Linksoul, whose mantra is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies), primarily provides golf clothing made to be just as appropriate and comfortable to wear on the course as off of it. The company has a range of different types of polos, tee-shirts, shorts, and pants available, but it was a button-down shirt from the company which I was most intrigued to check out.

Right off the bat, the brand’s Anza Heathered Button-Down shirt impressed with its ultra-soft fabric. To complement that softness, the shirt is wonderfully light and boasts an excellent fit. The length of the shirt sleeves is ideal, so you won’t need to keep fidgeting before and after each shot, and the comfort and fit combined gives you that added flexibility in your swing. The collar fits naturally the moment you put the shirt on and marks the clear quality that went into its creation.

It seems many are on the fence about whether button-down shirts on the course are for them (I was one of those!), but my take now is that they are the ideal summer shirt on the course. In the heat, comfort has to be the number one priority, and the button-down structure gives you so much more air. With Linksoul’s Anza button-down you’ll experience maximum breathability.

Linksoul offers the shirt in six color codes (White, Black Heather, Tidepool Heather, Ink Heather, Dark Gray Heather, and Dawn Heather). For $80, considering the caliber of the shirt, the only gripe I could make is that there aren’t more exotic colors available!

The brand’s Boardwalker Shorts are another piece of apparel that I found to contain the perfect blend of comfort and quality, as well as looking great. The shorts contain a four-way stretch fabric which gives you a plethora of flexibility during your swing, while the weight of the shorts I also found to be on point. The shorts are lightweight but not so much as to take away from the durability and quality of the shorts.

 

There is plenty of mobility on offer with the Boardwalker Shorts, while I also enjoyed that the shorts are a classic style length and sit right at the knee.

You can choose from eight different color codes (Black, Chalk, Khaki, Dark Gray, True Black, Bronze, Navy, Army, and River), and the shorts retail at $76. With their no-fuss look, high quality, and a clear focus on comfort, Linksoul’s Boardwalker shorts offer everything you’d want in a pair of golf shorts.

For those that prefer to play solely in trousers, you’ll be glad to hear that the company provide the same product in a pant style—the BoardWalker Pant.

There’s a huge amount to like about the apparel Linksoul is offering up, and at prices which are extremely reasonable considering the quality provided. Their site Linksoul.com offers a multitude of polos, button-downs (in both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and tee-shirts. If high-quality adaptable golf apparel is your thing, then it’s a company well worth checking out.

 

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WRX Spotlight Review: Eminent Golf’s Conic putting trainer

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The golf world is full of training aids. From the simple to the silly, there are no shortage of tools and machines being thought up to (hopefully) help golfers improve their games. It’s not very often you come across something that really has the potential to help improve consistency and “ingrain” a feeling (or “feels” as the pros say) into a part of the game that so many struggle with.

This is the Conic putting aid.

Before we go any further, let me be very up front: this is NOT a training aid intended or designed to be an impulse purchase during early morning reruns on Golf Channel. The Conic costs $1,350.00…but for good reason. It’s designed, manufactured, and built right here in the USA, milled from solid pieces of steel and aluminum. The entire system is built to last and to be a true lifelong training tool. The likelihood of this thing ending up the in a dusty corner of your garage is slim to none. Even the carrying case is something to behold.

On my first try, it took about 5-7 minutes to set up (I went full “dad-building-Ikea-furniture mode” and initially ignored the entire instruction manual. That’s on me), but after the first setup, getting this thing from the case to on the green took just a few minutes after that. It’s 100 percent NOT a “warm up before my tee-time, and throw it in my golf bag” style of training aid because of its size, but if you are headed to the green for a real “session” this is an indispensable tool.

So what does it actually do?

The Conic is designed to get you into the perfect putting setup and help you learn to make a repeatable motion built for your stroke and body type. This is not a one-size-fits-all training aid. It also works for both right and left0handed golfers.

So how does it do all of this:

  • The Conic has five adjustable plane angles for different size arcs: 85,80,75,70,65. This makes sure you get set up based on putter type and your optimal stance. The goal is to have you get more consistent with your stroke not some arbitrary “ideal stroke model”
  • The trainer controls the X, Y, Z axis of the putter head: Lie, Loft & Face Angle. Each one of these variables can make or break a putt (first putting pun in the bag), and so by being able to control those helps improve repeatability when on the course
  • It puts you into the same position time after time to help develop the feeling of a correctly made putting stroke. As much as people might say it, muscles DO NOT have memory — your brain does. The Conic helps develop motion patterns which again lead to helping you be more consistent on the greens
  • There is a built-in detachable arm that helps the golfer visualize both the target line and line the putter head up perpendicular to the target — a great tool for those that struggle with direction.
  • The putter arm can also be controlled to help maintain a specific stroke length — little stops get inserted into the slide and create instant feedback when you take the putter back too far.

So does it work?

Heck yeah it does! Although not meant for extremely long putts, you can use the Conic 1.0 easily on anything inside 20 feet, and it really helps with the 6-10 footers. With all of the adjustability, it’s also easy to switch between putter models that you might have.

My personal theory with putting and alignment is quite simple:  “Every putt is a straight putt. Just get it rolling and let gravity and speed take care of the rest.” The moment the ball leaves your putter face, your job is now over, and what the Conic does is allow you to work on, in a very structured way, hitting putts on line. My favorite use for the Conic was on roughly 7-9″ putts where you just set up, make the right stroke for speed, and watch the ball work its way into the cup.

This is an expensive tool — even PGA Tour pros that are using them paid in full. But like I said before, you get what you pay for with the Conic. Another feature is it can be used inside and out as long as you have a “green” or a nice piece of carpet to roll some putts. Beyond the players who spare no expense on clubs and fittings this seems like a bit of a no brainer – roughly the cost of three nice putters gets you something that will work for you, as long as you want to work with it.

I believe that one of the biggest markets for the Conic currently is for teachers to help students ingrain the feeling of making a solid stroke and increase consistency at setup. The cost is still the biggest factor that will detract people from purchasing this, but for the golfers looking for the ultimate putting aid, the Conic trainer could be your answer to those missed three-footers.

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