There are so many training aids in the golf market that it can make you head spin. Even worse, many of those training aids are worthless. I will not take the time to tell you which ones I feel are worthless, but I will talk about some putting aids that are absolutely spot on to help with your putting.
Phil Kenyon is the putting guru of European golf. He is the David Orr of Europe, working with many European Tour players on improving their putting.
He has developed Visio Putting (www.visioputting.com), a line of putting aids designed using Phil’s expertise and insights from his experiences of working some of the best players in the world.
One of my favorites is the Visio Mi Putting Template. It was just recognized as one of the best new training aids in golf and this is one well worth all the plaudits it is receiving. Available in four different putting arcs (from 12-21 degrees), it gives the player both kinesthetic and visual feedback on your path and face angle. You can work on every facet of the putting stroke, including speed, face rotation, direction, aim, path, etc. It is also very portable and can be set up anywhere without much hassle. Using this template shows the student what needs to happen during the stroke. Unlike other putting aids (like a putting arc), the template does not force the student to move the putter without any constraint from the aid itself.
Should you wish, using the holes in the template, you can place tees along the arc if you are a player who needs to physically constrain your stroke in one manner or another. Tees can also be placed at the end of the template to give you a ‘putting gate’ effect to show the accuracy of your start line.
I was introduced to these templates by David Orr in December and I immediately started using them with our golf team at William & Mary. They are without a doubt one of the best training aids that has come out in a long time.
Stop by Visio’s website to check out the Mi Putting Templates and the other training aids. I would also recommend the Start Line Trainer that just came out in the last few months. The pricing is very reasonable and they do ship to the US.
During the US Open, you are going to hear about the long rough and tight fairways. However, when it comes to Oakmont, the most challenging aspect of the golf course may be the lightning fast greens the players will face. Potentially rolling at 14-15 on the Stimpmeter, the players will have to navigate the slickest greens they will play all year.
So in the light of what you will see this week at Oakmont, I have put together some of my keys to playing on fast greens.
Make sure you get on the practice green prior to the round to get a good feel for the speed of the greens. With a little practice and concentrating on the keys above, you will be ready for Oakmont-fast greens.