I don’t want to break your bubble but, Golf Putter Training Aids will not cure your yips and will not make you putt like a tour pro. However, if you get the correct one for the problem you are having with putting it will take your putting to a whole new level.
Putter training aids are designed to give you feedback on swing principles. Improving your swing principles is what will make you a better putter.
Before you buy a putting training aid you need to figure out what swing principle you need to work on and match the training aid that will give you the feedback on improving that principle.
I am a spot putter. I pick a spot on my intended line I want to ball to roll on and strike the ball at that target. If, I miss the putt there are several reasons for the miss as follows:
My club face was either open or closed to my target line at impact.
My alignment is incorrect. If, I hit my target spot than I miss read the break if any. If, I missed the target spot than my alignment was incorrect.
If, I miss the line to the right I am striking the ball from inside to out or a push. If, I miss to the left I am striking the ball from out-to-in or a pull.
Or I could have a combination of all the above.
Your first major challenge than is to figure out which swing principle you need to work on and than buy a putter training aid that gives you feedback on that principle.
If you have a posture or alignment issue, find a putting matt or mirror that helps you with this. If you release your hands too much through impact then buy a putting aid that gives you feedback on your release.
Take some time to work out the swing principles you need to focus on, then choose the best golf putting aid for you using the listing below of different putting aids and what principle they give feedback on.
Putt Out Pressure Putt Trainer
The Putt Out Pressure Putt Trainer can be used on the putting surface or at home. The design aims to mimic a real golf hole and putts that hit the edge of the parabolic ramp fall off just like a ball would lip out in real life. Only putts that roll up the center of the ramp will roll back down.
The pressure trainer also has a mini hole on the ramp, allowing you to increase your practice difficulty.
The pressure trainer gives you instant feedback on your shot outcome. It is really useful if you are looking to refine your face angle and swing path at impact, to optimize the starting line of your putts.
Buy if your looking to improve your accuracy.
Don’t buy if you looking to directly improve you stroke mechanics.
This aid has been around for years and gives golfers struggling to swing there putter on a slight arc (in-square-in). This fault results in you having to manipulate the putter face at impact, leading to all sorts of inconsistencies.
The Putting Arc Golf Trainer gives you simple, but effective feedback on your swing path. You can run the heel of the putter along the rail to ensure your club face is staying square to the path through your stroke.
If you are struggling with your swing path also check your posture and grip in a mirror. These are the two biggest culprits of poor putting swing paths in amateur golfers.
Buy if you want simple feedback on your swing path or you want to work on your swing path/club face relationship.
Don’t buy if you want to putt square-to-square. Check the next product.
Eyeline Golf Putting Mirror
Another basic design that has been around for years. Some changes have been made to make it more flexible for different players’ strokes.
It is best for club face and body alignment. Placement of a couple tees in the surface allows you to work on how well you strike the ball on the center of the club face.
Use the additional holes in the surface placed in varying widths behind impact and on follow through. This set-up gives you great feedback on your swing path. If you make a clean stroke through your alley of tees, and the ball starts off-line you can be sure it was due to your club face angle at impact.
Buy if you want to build a square-to-square putting stroke or you want a portable tool to check your club face and body alignment.
Don’t buy if you want a putting tool you can throw down and get going with. It does take a little setting up. Also don’t buy if you want to work on your swing path and club face but putt on more of an arc. Instead, check out the putting arc above.
WellPutt Putting Mat
I have had a number of putting mats but this one adds a critical principle in becoming a great putter. That is keeping on top of your club face alignment. Poor aim and alignment at set-up means there is little point trying to perfect your putting stroke.
A white line running down the middle of the mat is used as an aiming point and alignment tool.
There is no sunken hole to see your ball drop into but a well-placed drinking glass will do the trick.
Buy if you want a great putting surface and want to keep on top of your aim and alignment.
Don’t buy if you already have somewhere to work on your putting or you are looking for a golf matt with a sunken hole.
Peltz Putting Tutor
The Peltz Putting Tutor is a bit different from others describe here. Your aim is to simply line the putting aid up to the hole, or a small target from 3-6 feet. Then putt through the gap without knocking off any of the ball bearings.
The swing principle it helps with is club face alignment at set up, but past that it is up to you. Your aim is to find a putting stroke that solves the task of starting the golf ball on-line.
If you are a feel player or someone who does not like to think technically about there putting stroke this might be a good option for you.
Buy if you want a simple device to give you feedback on putter face alignment at impact and ball start direction.
Don’g buy if you need help to change your swing mechanics or if you want to practice your putting from over 6 feet.
Pelz Putting O-Balls
The Pelz Putting O-Balls are the balls themselves. Red parallel lines are drawn around the diameter of the ball and aligned to your target. When struck, if the ball rolls end over end you have made a perfect stroke and your ball will roll on your intended line.
However, if you make a non-square impact, the ball will leave the putter face with some side spin. This spin will result in the lines rolling in any direction but straight.
In theory, this putting tool will give you feedback on your swing path and club face angle at impact. Both your club face and swing path at impact have to be square to get the ball rolling end over end.
This aid works well on short putts but as you move to longer putts it does become a challenge to keep the lines straight and rolling end over end. You may find this aid a great help if your serious about improving your distance control.
Buy if you want a non-technical solution to work on the quality of your impact position or if you are looking to work on your roll and distance control.
Don’t guy if you only have poor quality greens to putt on.
These are only a few putting training aids that I have listed. The main point I want to make is that you need to understand the swing principles you need work on and buy a training aid that will give you the feedback on your stroke.