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Q&A: Dirty Larry Golf, makers of the Navigator

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As golfers, we’re always looking for the next best training aid or piece of equipment that’s going to take our games to the next level. And a new training aid that’s promising quick results is the Navigator by Dirty Larry Golf, a putting aid made to improve putter face aim. 

After testing the putting aid in our review, the company may be onto something. The Navigator helped reviewer Ross Durren drastically improve his putting and aim within just five minutes. 

Related: GolfWRX’s full review of the Navigator 

Recently, Durren had the opportunity to speak with co-founder and co-creator of the Navigator, Dave Nastalski, to hear more about the company and its product. 

The Interview

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Ross Durren (RD): Tell me about the origin of the company’s name?

Dave (Nastalski) (DN): Larry, my business partner, got his nickname at the local track by hustling myself and other college kids out on the golf course. He was 65 when I met him. I was a 19-year-old freshman at NC State, and I played to a +1. I lost $55 to him the first time we played. He didn’t hit it a long ways off the tee, but he made everything with the flat stick. Eventually, someone hung a sign in the pro shop with his picture attached that said, “Don’t play with this guy. He’s dirty, and he’ll take all your money.” When the company was formed in 2013, we felt it fitting to name it in his honor since the idea was born from his putting prowess.

RD: When and how did you get the idea for the Navigator?

DN: Dirty Larry doesn’t have the prettiest putting stroke in the world. In fact, he cuts across it like Billy Mayfair. But like Billy, he knows what’s important when it comes to getting the ball in the hole. That starts with face angle. Larry wanted to give golfers an easy way to tap into what he knew about putting. And the Navigator was born. It shows you where you’re aimed and trains your eyes to start the ball on line, regardless of what your stroke looks like.

RD: Why a putting aid?

DN: Because it’s the fastest way for any golfer to improve his or her score. We know it’s not as glamorous as hitting the long ball, but if more golfers would spend some time on the putting green, the national handicap average would plummet. We’re trying to spread the word and get that message out there. We built a simple and fun device to help golfers make more putts, and ultimately enjoy this game more.

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RD: How long did it take to develop the first prototype? The final product?

DN: We started about three years ago with initial prototyping that included sandwich bag clips and pipe cleaners. From there, it took nine full scale revisions on 3D printers before we had the features and design exactly how we wanted it. We built an instrument that is high functioning and very detailed. We’re not talking about some cheap piece of plastic.

RD: How is the Navigator different from the other putting aids on the market?

DN: Simplicity is key. A lot of other putting aids on the market require a doctorate just to get it on our putter or get the station set up. Either that, or they use lasers that have expensive batteries and a lot of times don’t train the correct motor memory process. We’ve found that with the Navigator’s alignment rods, you focus more on starting the ball on line and not where a laser might be pointing down at the hole. Thus, the skill retention is better. We built a device that makes your training easy, portable, and instantly effective. “No Laser, No Batteries, No Hassle.”

RD: In as few words as possible tell me why golfers need the Navigator.

DN: Most golfers have no idea where they are actually aimed. Spend five minutes with the Navigator, and you’ll know immediately why you’re missing putts you should be making.

RD: Where can our readers go to buy the Navigator?

DN: We sell direct from our website. To learn more about the product, please visit our product page.

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  1. Jay

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Have three of them on the way for me and some friends. Will let you all know what we think. Just beware their shipping cost – had a coupon for free shipping, but any type of expedited shipping was ridiculous. Wanted $150 to overnight it from NC to TN – thats more than we paid for the product

    • Jay

      Feb 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Well – this thing is incredible – best putting aid I’ve ever used – easy on/off and immediate results.

  2. James Smith

    Feb 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Yo, you need to get this thing. It’s improved my putting so much, of course I was terrible and had no idea where I was actually was aiming the putter. In addition, there was a problem with my alignment rods, and I emailed them and they shipped me new rods to the Netherlands the next day. I got a personal hand written note from Dave. This is first class service in my opinion and highly appreciated by me. Who else would do this? Get this thing already.

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Jason Day WITB 2024 (April)

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  • Jason Day what’s in the bag accurate as of the RBC Heritage. 

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @10)
Shaft: TPT Driver 15 Lo

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80 X

7-wood: TaylorMade Stealth (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80 X

Irons: Srixon ZX5 Mk II (3, 4), Srixon ZX7 Mk II (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (52-08F, 56-10S, 60-04T), Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack  (56-10 MID, 52-10 MID)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven

Putter: TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider Limited

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (with Mindset)

Check out more in-hand photos of Jason Day’s WITB here.

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  • Ludvig Åberg what’s in the bag accurate as of the RBC Heritage. 

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

7-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 9 X

Irons: Titleist 718 TMB (2), Titleist T200 (2), Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour Hybrid 105 X (2), KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50-08F, 54-10S, 60-08M, 60-04T), WedgeWorks Proto (60-10V)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa #1

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Check out more in-hand photos of Ludvig Aberg’s clubs in the forums.

 

 

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Spotted: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 mini driver, DUW fairway wood

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We have seen a few new mini drivers from the likes of Titleist and TaylorMade being tested out on tour recently. Now, Callaway looks to be jumping into the mix at the RBC Heritage. We spotted Christian Bezuidenhout testing out a new Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 mini driver on the range. We don’t have any details yet but the club clearly states “mini driver” on it, and the “340” could easily refer to how many CCs the head is.

What we do know is that this mini driver has a very similar design to the current Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond 3-wood. The sole looks to be made from steel or titanium, not forged carbon like the Paradym Ai Smoke drivers. It has weights up near the face and at the back of the club. Callaway’s OptiFit hosel is also present on this driver to allow loft and lie adjustments, and if you look closely on the face, you can make out the “Ai Smart Face” text at bottom center. The crown looks to have the familiar carbon fiber weave and Ai Smoke logos we have seen on the current clubs.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke DUW

The other Callaway prototype that was spotted looked to be a little more of a traditional fairway wood — but with non-traditional weight placements on it. Callaway’s Paradym Ai Smoke DUW looks to have four adjustable weights on it — two on the sole, one on the hosel, and one on the toe. This hosel isn’t adjustable, and I would assume that is to save some weight from creating spots for the movable weights.

It is hard to tell from the photos, but the face looks to be a touch deeper than the traditional Triple Diamond fairways. This deeper face could be where the “DUW” name comes from. With three weights all pushed forward near the face this DUW has to be a very low spinning and launching head. The sole is made from metal and similar in design to the current Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond fairway woods as is the carbon crown.

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