Connect with us

Opinion & Analysis

3 tools under $30 to improve your putting

Published

on

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 The app was originally made to fit people for Ping Putters and some of the data can be used for buying a non-Ping putter if you like.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.

Your Reaction?
  • 13
  • LEGIT1
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP1
  • OB0
  • SHANK6

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.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Opinion & Analysis

High School reunion golf: When 58 feels like 18 again

Published

on

golf buddies reunion

Eric and David were winning our match as we approached the halfway point of the back nine at Falls Road Golf Club in Potomac, Md. But when my partner, Chip, yes, chipped in for eagle, their 15-footer for eagle suddenly seemed doubly long. David’s exuberant fist pump after draining his putt to match us said it all – the juices were flowing, and the match wasn’t going to be lost due to lackluster play or attitude. That we were paired together in a reunion tournament 40 years after the Class of 1978 graduated from Winston Churchill High School mattered not. We were athletes then – all four of us played on a Maryland state championship football team together – and, by gosh, our competitiveness was on full throttle now.

The years melted away as we traded stories about yesteryear and we learned about each other’s lives in the four-decade interim. Family and golf are shared passions, and our match showed it. While we were happily catching up in laughs and nostalgia, both teams clearly wanted to win. For bragging rights, of course. Once competitors, always competitors.

Cut to the past: David and Chip went on to play college baseball, while I stayed briefly with football, and Eric went forward playing basketball. Eric was such a gifted athlete that he not only quarterbacked our high school team to a senior year state championship (we also won it our junior year), he led the basketball team to a state title as well. A hoops scholarship to Georgetown followed, where he captained Coach John Thompson’s team his senior year. His teammates included Patrick Ewing, now Georgetown’s coach, among others. If you want to see Eric in action, Google “Michael Jordan game-winning jump shot in national championship.” You’ll find video clips of Eric (pictured below) running at Jordan a hair too late to stop His Airness from elevating and nailing the game-winning jump shot for North Carolina.

georgetown university north carolina national basketball championship 1982

Eric gets there too late to stop MJ’s game-winner in the national championship.

All to say that competition and living the athletic physical life contributed to our formation as people, and while we’re well removed from our peak years, we continue to pursue the pleasure that such activities afford. I’m still playing competitive baseball, and I’m trying to get David to join my team for the coming season, and a few other guys who I ran into at the reunion party the next night – Jimmy Flaikas, Mitch Orcutt, and Brian Hacker. How great it would be for us five former high school baseball teammates to be back on the diamond together. Priceless!

Jimmy and David have concerns about the physical demands, among other things, and whether their bodies are up to it. They’re both in great shape, so I’m confident they would do well. But they’re wise to weigh this carefully; discretion is the better part of valor when aging, after all. And that’s why golf is ideally suited to our current places in the circle of life. No torn meniscus or sprained ankles to be suffered, no concussions or broken bones forthcoming. Instead, we carelessly joked and competed with joyful appreciation of reconnecting through the game during our reunion weekend.

That golf is a lifelong game is one of its most appealing aspects. Perhaps it’s even an after-life game, as two elderly gentlemen illuminated. Lifelong friends now in their 80s, one of them fell deathly ill. His friend visited one last time and they reminisced about the good times shared through the game. As they parted, the friend said to his dying companion, “Do me a favor – let me know if there’s golf in heaven when you get there.” His friend promised he would and then he passed on peacefully that night. The next night, his friend was sleeping when he heard a voice. “I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, there’s golf in heaven; the bad news is, you have a tee time tomorrow morning.”

Fore! Now and forever.

Your Reaction?
  • 1
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Courses

Hidden Gem of the Day: Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

Published

on

These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member AUTIGER07, who takes us to Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana. From the horse’s mouth, Bear Slide Golf Club offers a “Scottish links-style front nine and a traditional style back nine”, and in AUTIGER07’s description of the course, he highlights the tracks excellent variety of different holes on offer.

“Played this quite a bit when I lived in Indianapolis. Was always in really solid shape and the course provides a good mix of short-to-long holes. Pace of play used to be very enjoyable, and you never felt “rushed” during the round.”

According to Bear Slide Golf Club’s website, 18 holes around the course during the week will set you back $39, while the rate rises to $55 if you want to play on the weekend.

@joel63763660

@thelgcsaa

Check out the full forum thread here, and submit your Hidden Gem.

Your Reaction?
  • 1
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Podcasts

The 19th Hole (Ep 63): Valentino Dixon talks Golf Channel documentary; Marvin Bush remembers his father

Published

on

Valentino Dixon shares his amazing story in an exclusive interview with Michael Williams. Also in this episode: a tribute to George H.W. Bush, featuring a conversation with his youngest son, Marvin.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

featured image c/o Golf Channel

Your Reaction?
  • 8
  • LEGIT1
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK2

Continue Reading

19th Hole

Facebook

Trending