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3 tools under $30 to improve your putting

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Many people want to improve their putting with an aid but don’t know where to begin. Below are three tools I have used to improve my game and think others can use as well.

Each tool was put on this list with the budget golfer in mind and stay below the $30 mark.

EyeLine Golf Putting Mirror – $26.49

Over the last 5 years, there have been a lot of putting aids on the market trying to achieve the same goal: help players start their putts on the intended line, and help players improve their stroke consistency. One of those main aids on the market is the EyeLine Putting Mirror.

The EyeLine Putting Mirror is a tool that your put flat on the ground and point it at the intended putting line. Once it is pointed at the intended line, you can plant it firmly with tees so that it doesn’t move and even make a putter gate to provide stroke feedback. Once you set up you notice where you eyes sit compared to the tool. Using the mirror you get direct feedback on the setup so you can improve you setup consistency.

Is the Putting Mirror the end all be all for putting aids? No, but it does provide the basic putting feedback needed for improvement at a reasonable price which is why it is on this list.

iPing Putting App – Free App

The iPing putting app was something that slid under the radar for me for a couple of years sadly. For those who don’t know, the iPing Putting App was an app developed by ping to help you understand your putting stroke and optimal putter fit. The app was designed to go with a cradle that would allow it stick on the shaft.

Once the phone is attached to the putter shaft, the app is able to measure your important metrics including your closing angle (arc), your impact angle, stroke tempo, lie angle, and shaft lean. Using these metrics you can get a rough putter fit and practice your putting consistency.

The app is currently only available for Apple phones and their cradles are few and far between for finding one that fits your phone. For example, I had to use my old iPhone 6 in order to get a cradle that fits although I have seen people create their own cradles for larger phones. While I do believe that this tool is great for the cost, something to remember is to take the data with a slight grain of salt. The app was originally made to fit people for Ping Putters and some of the data can be used for buying a non-Ping putter if you like.

Is this going to be as accurate as a SAM Putting Lab? No of course not, but it can be a great tool for those who don’t have access or can’t afford some of the high tech putting equipment.

GolfScope – $19.99 Per Year

Golf technology has made massive improvements over the last 10 years. Drivers are longer, wedges spin more, and phones have become a large part of practice and our daily lives as humans. One app that has taken advantage of the new phone technology is the GolfScope App.

The GolfScope App is an app designed in order to help you read greens and make more putts. Using the IPhone camera, GolfScope maps out the path from the ball to the green. It measure the depth changes and undulations in the green to provide feedback on where the apex of the putt is and how the break looks if you hit it at the apex. It is a pretty incredible tool.

 

From my experience the app is pretty accurate the inaccurate part of the experience is myself. No matter how well you can read the putt, if I don’t start it on the correct line with the correct speed it won’t go in. The app is a great tool for those looking for help with green. I found the best success with placing my ball down and putting a tee down where I thought the apex of the putt was and the use the app for feedback.

Now this app is not legal in tournament play and I know golf “purists” will be up in arms about how putting should be all feel and is an art form, but this type of technology is really here to help players improve their skills in the game. The app itself is currently iPhone only, and you need to have an iPhone 7 or above to use the app.

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Trey is a former D1 golf recruit and the owner of College Golf Mentors, a consulting business helping kids achieve their dreams of playing golf in college. When not golfing, Trey is either paying the bills with his advertising job or powerlifting.

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  1. gdb99

    Dec 5, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Where are you finding the Eye Line mirrors for less than $30? I see the large one for $60 and the small one for $40…

  2. junior

    Dec 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Once you are on the green just pick up the ball and drop it into the hole… and thus speeding up play. Also, practice not required.

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