Don’t despair about the weather interrupting your golf over the forthcoming weeks, there is always something to work on when away from the course.
Here is a selection of my top 5 putting aids that I use when coaching. When I select my training aids it is vital that they tick the following requirements.
- Easy for my clients to set up and transport
- Competitively priced and readily available
- Give immediate feedback to both my clients and myself
- Can alter the skill level
- Monitor progression
- Dual purpose
- To aid consistency
Each of the above putting aids can be used indoors too which is a huge bonus especially at this time of the year. They can also be used whilst travelling which was important when I played on the Ladies European Tour.
Meet my top 5 in no particular order!
1. “The pill” A super addition to this years collection which relies on a “square” contact to obtain a true roll of the treaded golf ball. “The pill” will wobble from side to side like a weighted crown bowling ball if the ball is struck at an angle. It’s versatility is second to none with numerous drills which can also be used to assist with the short game shots around the green. They are suitable for all ages and provide hours of entertainment.
2. Ball of steel: These always cause a giggle as they are heavily weighted and perfect for those players who tend to decelerate or have a curtailed follow through, to be used on short putts. Watch out when using your own golf ball after 10 minutes practise with these!!! “fore”
3.Centred strike pad: Another amusing and tricky aid which is adhered to the putter face with a small amount of tape. There is just enough of a window for the golf ball to fit.
If the ball is struck from the heel or toe you will certainly know as it will leave the face at a 90 degree angle. These come in three different skill levels, start with the easiest one first!! (which is still tricky)
4. Alignment triangle: Great as a mobile coach! simply check your initial aim at address is that of your intended read using the point of the triangle. This alignment aid ensures the face is square at address and not aiming right or left to start with, which will cause inconsistencies in the stroke. The ball is placed and struck from the dimple providing instant feedback.
5. Putting Mirror: This checks shoulder alignment and eye line position at address, with the added benefit of the “putting gate”. Two tees are placed in the holes either side to assist with the path of the putter head.
I hope you have learned how to use my winter survival putting kit.
Please contact me if you would like to test them out during our putting lesson