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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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Review: Miura MC-501

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Pros: The most forgiving blade you’ll ever hit. Miura has made what seems like the hugest oxymoron in golf clubs that we club buyers have been dreaming of!

Cons: The Miura MC 501s are only offered to right-handed golfers. My lefty friends again are going to have to wait and hope that Miura will bring this superior work of golf art to life.

Bottom Line: The Miura MC-501, the newest weapon from Miura golf in their blade line, is the newest weapon for more than just the better golfer. If you’ve been loving the look of Miura blades and have felt that you just weren’t good enough to play them, this might be the model you’ve been waiting to try. All the superior looks Miura has been famous for, the butter-soft feel and a touch of forgiveness in an amazing package!

Overview

Miura has famously made some of the most gorgeous irons ever produced in the world. Their muscle back blades have garnered cult status and many of the better players have always gravitated towards their designs. They have made cavity back irons but the models that have drawn the most attention from all skill levels are the muscle backs. Unfortunately those muscle backs weren’t for everyone but the very low handicaps.

The MC-501 is the muscle back model that was made to change that. It is the longest heel to toe blade model they’ve ever made. Through engineering they’ve repositioned 20 grams of weight to the sole, which not only made the sole wider but moved the center of gravity to allow ease in getting a higher trajectory. The MC-501 also incorporates Yoshitaka Miura’s iconic Y-grind sole that blunts and softens the club head’s leading edge and improves turf interaction.

Precision forged from S25C carbon steel in Miura’s factory in Himeji, these clubs were developed under the most stringent and fastidious craftsmen that you could only wish were making your set.

The MC-501 is are available from authorized Miura dealers/fitters worldwide. They carry a suggested retail price of $260 a club, though the prices may vary with different shaft options.

Clubs tested

  • Miura MC-501 iron set
  • 4-iron through pitching wedge
  • KBS CT95 shafts/Japan Exclusive Model, Black Finish
  • Elite Y360SV grips from Japan

Entire set custom fit and built at Miura Authorized Fitting Center, Aloha Golf Center Las Vegas.

Performance

My initial test with the MC-501s put an immediate smile on my face. My favorite muscle back and club line from Miura has always been the MB-001. There were a few shortcomings in the MB-001, but the looks and feel always made me forget them. The MC-501 seemed to address the shortcomings of the MB-001 perfectly — particularly in the missed shots. Users whose misses tend to be thin will find the movement of weight toward the sole generously allows them a bit of forgiveness and help in trajectory usually lost than other traditionally shaped muscle backs.

Users who want to work the ball will also find the MC-501s play similarly to the MB-001s despite that added forgiveness. I had to work them a little harder but I was able to move the ball either left or right with no issues. They were a little more similar in playability to the CB-57 line than the MB-001.

The Yoshitaka Miura Y Grind sole allows the usual clean strike at impact and great interaction with the turf. There is no digging and it gives a very positive thump sound to your shots. This sole grind also helps to thin the look of the wider sole. Probably the widest sole offered on any Miura muscle back. Although wide, the MC-501 never played clunky, as you might expect upon an initial look, they instead played just like all the other pure Miura blades.

The long irons were where the MC-501s particularly shined. I have never hit a Miura muscle back 4-iron with such ease. Naturally, the design of the head afforded much more forgiveness in launch, yet I was still able to knock down shots when I needed to. The MC-501, being longer heel-to-toe than any other Miura muscle back, also assist it in having much greater forgiveness in the long irons.

The short irons were definitely precision tools. From PW to 7-iron, the distance with them were consistent and playability perfect. There were no hot spots on the face and Miura’s pure forging made solid shots particularly delightful. I marveled at how accurately these clubs hit their distances once you dialed them in. This is a feature I have not been able to replicate in the filled hollow head irons from many other brands.

Forgiveness was much greater in the MC-501 versus other muscle backs from Miura like the Tournament Blade, MB-001 or Baby Blades. This was immediately obvious upon using them. The loss in yardage with thin shots was lessened, and the trajectory was much more consistent due to the design of the head.

Looks and Feel

The MC-501s have a look all of their own in the Miura lineup. The X-like design on the back almost makes you feel like they have superhero qualities! They will definitely take some getting used to if you’re a long-time user of Miura blades, but for those who aren’t as familiar, the look may appear as an exciting change to the standard muscle back.

The beautiful satin finish, which Miura has come to be the standard bearer of, appeals so much to my senses. Miura clubs are one of the few lines that I can sit and just stare at the head, marveling at the beauty that was once just a raw piece of steel. Miura’s ability to produce golf art is something many club companies strive to meet, but some miserably fail at.

The black Miura logo and name prominently in the main middle muscle of the head and a simple MC-501 stamped towards a toe just continues the classy look of Miura. There’s no need for screw heads, fancy colored paint fill, decals, and other fluff. This is just a pure Japanese forged golf club at its highest level.

For what Miura has touted as its most forgiving iron, the top line at address does not make you feel like you’re playing some huge cavity back. It’s as thin as you would expect a Miura muscle back to be. For blade lovers, and past Miura blade users, the top line will not disappoint you. The toe on the MC-501 appears more square than past muscle backs. I personally like a rounder toe, but the squareness does give a look of a bigger face — something that might please those who want a bit of a more forgiving look. The squared toe and shape of the head frames the ball well, and its easy to align the clubs.

The MC-501 design transitions very well through the set. When you line them up on a wall and look at the heads as they transition from the short to the long irons, the shapes blend perfectly. I think Miura is one of the finest makers when it comes to the transitioning of irons in their sets.

The MC-501 is a joyful feeling in your hands. Once you hit a pure strike with them, that clean, pure feeling of the ball striking the face will take your breath away. I don’t know what they put in the steel in Himeji, Japan, but I’ve yet to feel any other brand of club that makes me smile so much after hitting its clubs. The MC-501 in my humble opinion is one extremely fine feeling line of clubs.

The Takeaway

Katsuhiro Miura’s philosophy is one of not just making a new club to come out with something new, but to improve on what the company already offers. The MC-501 is the amalgamation of all his past irons and the top of their club evolutionary chain. With its eye-catching looks, superior feel, and added forgiveness, the MC-501 is a great gateway club for people wanting to try their first Miura club.

The MC-501 is also the club for current Miura muscle back users who would appreciate more forgiveness in their current set and are just not ready to move to full on cavity back irons. I, for one, am getting older and it has occurred to me to switch over to more forgiving shapes and jacked up lofts. The MC-501 is the club that will keep me playing a few more years in the designs I love to look at!

 

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