Best putting aids
As a golf professional I wanted to provide you with a great resource to check before you buy golf putting aids to improve your game. In this review I will give you my honest opinion about the best golf putting aids that are on the market. If the putting aid you’re looking for isn’t on the list, just leave a comment below. I will get hold of it and test it for you.
Putting aids – Please read this before you buy
Putting aids don’t miraculously cure your yips. They probably won’t make you putt like Jordan Speth over night either. But if you get the right one they are highly useful and can take your putting to a whole new level.
What most people don’t understand is that putting aids are designed to provide feedback on specific swing principles, not magically improve your overall putting. It is your swing principles that, if you improve, will make you a great putter.
Your first task, before you buy a putting aid, is to ensure you know what swing principle you need to work on. Below is an example:
If you miss your putts left then the cause is likely: your swing path or club face causing the ball to start off-line. What you need to figure out is this – Do you need to alter your alignment, posture, connection, grip or release? In essence, you need to know what putting swing principle you need to focus on. Your second stage is to buy a golf putting training aid that gives you feedback on this specific principle.
Work out the swing principles you need to focus on, then choose the best golf putting aid for you using my guide below.
Check the swing principle link above to see what principles affect each aspect of your impact.
P.s. If you want more help on how to optimise your putting technique check out this article.
Golf putting aids
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This is a classic golf putting aid. Many golfers struggle to swing their putter on a slight arc (in-sqaure-in). As a result they have to manipulate the putter club face at impact, leading to all sorts of inconsistencies.
The Putting arc golf trainer gives you simple, but effective feedback on your swing path. Furthermore, you can run the heel of the putter along the rail to ensure your club face is staying square to the path throughout your stroke.
This putting aid, and variations of it, are favoured by many pros who use them to keep on top of their putting fundamentals as they tour around different events. One point to note before you grab one – if you are struggling with your swing path, please do check your posture and grip in a mirror. These are the two biggest culprits for 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 out the product below instead.
This is an old classic of mine. I’ve used this putting aid since I was 16 years old. Click this link if you would like to see a great putting drill that helped me become a golf pro. The putting aid itself has changed over time, it used to have some big yellow rails on it, these have been removed to make it more flexible for different players’ strokes.
The Eyeline putting mirror has many uses. It is great for club face and body alignment. Having the two tees positioned, as you can see in the picture above, allows you to work on your centeredness of strike.
However, my favourite use, requires all the other holes you see. If you are trying to putt square-to-square you can place two tees, of varying width, 3inches (7.5cm) behind impact and similar on your 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.
This drill really allows for you to dial in your club face angle at impact, while you control your swing path with the alley of tees.
For me this is a great putting training aid that covers many bases.
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.
When I was compiling this list of putting aids I didn’t expect to be including a putting mat. However, hear me out. The Wellputt putting mat rolls well, is available in two speeds (pro ~ fast green surface, standard ~ club speed surface) and comes with a host of putting drills.
But that isn’t why I’ve included it. A critical principle in becoming a great putter is to keep 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.
I really like the strong white line this putting mat has running down the centre, but also the two dotted angled lines that allow you some variability in aiming and putt direction. This is a great putting mat to keep your putting in top shape.
There is no sunken hole, but this doesn’t bother me. I like to use a glass bottle slightly smaller than a golf hole as a target when putting indoors. There is a nice psychological advantage when you get back out and feel the hole looks big.
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 look for a golf matt with a sunken hole.
Dave Pelz has been behind the design of many putting tools. This putting aid is a bit different to the rest in this article. 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 ballbearings.
The swing principle it helps with is is club face alignment at set up, but past that it’s up to you. Your aim is to find a putting stroke that solves the task of starting the golf ball on-line.
If you’re a feel player, or someone who doesn’t like to think technically about their 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 and ball start direction.
Don’t buy if – You need help changing your swing mechanics. Or if you want to practice your putting from over 6 feet with this device.
The putting stick is similar to the Dave pelz putting tutor, in that it provides precise feedback on the start direction of the golf ball.
Similar to the Pelz putting tutor this putting aid will help you refine your club face alignment at set up, and challenge you to work out a way to start the ball on-line.
There is also a small mirror embedded on the stick that will help with your eye position at set up. It is less fiddly to set up than the Pelz putting tutor, but you will find it near impossible to use if you set it up on a sloping surface.
Buy if – you want a more challenging version of the Pelz putting tutor and have some where flat to practice putting.
Don’t buy if – You need detailed feedback on your swing mechanics. Or you are wanting to a practice putting aid to use on a sloped green.
Dave Pelz is back again in this list – boy he loves a putting aid. I know these golf balls are a popular item so I thought I best give you a quick rundown.
As the right hand image suggests you line these balls up along your intended start-direction. If the ball rolls end over end, you’ve made a square impact and the ball should start on your intended line.
If however you make a non-square impact, the golf ball will leave the putter face with some torque (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-ish to get the ball rolling end over end.
This does hold true for short putts on a putting matt and short putts on a good putting green. However, best of luck on a bumpy green…
As you move further away you will also need the correct loft and launch angle at impact to ensure the lines stay straight. This can be challenging from 15-20 feet, but if you are serious about improving your distance control you may find this putting aid of use.
Buy if – you want a non-technical solution to work on the quality of your impact position. Or you are keen to work on your roll and distance control.
Don’t buy if – You only have poor quality greens to putt on.
Putting aids review – summary
That concludes the golf putting aids review. I hope it has been of use. If you would like any other putting aids reviewed please comment below and I will get my hands on them. For the best golf training aids for your full swing check out this article.
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Many thanks and happy golfing – Will