Line and speed are the two crucial factors in making putts. It doesn’t matter what grip you have, what putter you use, or what your apparel scripting is. If you can’t get the putt rolling on the proper line and speed you’re destined to bad putting.
PuttOut Putting Trainer
The PuttOut “Pressure Putt Trainer” is designed to train the golfer get get the putt rolling on the correct line and speed. The unique curved design returns good putts the distance they would have traveled past the hole. The side contours reject offline putts and force the golfer to a bit of a “walk of shame” to get the balls, as those shots are not returned.
An interesting feature of the PuttOut is the little retractable “micro target.” In the photo above you can see the HOG golf ball is sitting in it. Putts on the exact line and speed will stop inside the target. Once the golfer gets used to strokes at such a tight precision and speed, putting into the much larger and easier to hit golf hole seems much easier. The micro target back plate is hinged so the golfer can flatten it out and turn the device into strictly a returning device.
The unit folds into a compact and easy to carry shape. The unit would fit easily in a golf bag or even luggage when traveling.
I keep mine in the hallway between the kitchen, my office, and the bathroom. It’s quite a trafficked spot. It’s fun to grab my putter and stroke a few to clear my my mind and improve my stroke, a few times per day.
If you need help with your line and speed and “pressure putting,” the $29 PuttOut could be a good option. Not sure the unit will help with non-pressure putting though. 😉
I’ve just started my rigorous testing battery on a new golf apparel line exclusively available at Global Golf. The “Tourney” brand is licensed by Tharanco Lifestyles. Here are the items I’m trying out.
Tourney Redan Shorts
1/4 Zip Outerwear
I’ve worn all but the 1/4 zip outerwear so far. I won’t be wearing the 1/4 zip for a while since the temps are in the 105 range here right now!
This brand is solid so far and extremely affordable. I’m talking nice polos that cost as little as 1/3 and even 1/4 the cost of other brands.
Stay tuned for my full review soon.
Question, do golf balls from Australia spin the opposite direction? Let’s find out. Today’s review if the 6-layer golf ball from Austalia’s Forté Golf, the Apex 6. Why six layers? Because six is better than five of course.
Apex 6 Key Features
- Soft, low compression/high energy core reduces spin off the tee to help increase distance
- Soft mantle layer helps the ball’s feel
- Multi layer construction responds to multiple golfer swing speeds
- Surlyn ionomer resin helps increase feel and control on short game shots
- Urethane cover provides soft feel and spin around the greens
On The Course
I don’t do one-hole or one-round reviews. I played the Apex 6 for several months. I found the ball to be as long as any tour ball I’ve played and accurate because of the low driver spin characteristics. Length wise it is comparable to any of the high end tour balls I’ve played from the big name brands.
The ball’s driver trajectory for me was medium and it handled windy conditions well, not prone to blowing off line badly.
I played one ball over several rounds. Aside from a minor wedge scuff or two the ball showed little signs of wear. So the cover was quite durable. There’s a fine line between durability and high spin in tour level ball covers.
Around the greens I had nice control, as much as my ailing game has had that is.
My only complaint with the Apex 6 is ball that it feels a bit hard. The hardness is noticeable with the driver, but most pronounced in the irons.
One other critique is with the Forté Golf website. I know the company is based out of Australia, but the copy on the site and some of the terms wreak of bad Chinese to English translation. For example:
Ideal for players who demands the best or nothing. Underneath the cast urethane cover is the world’s first 6 piece golf ball! It guarantees to outperform the competition in all aspect.
Along with some grammatical (Chinese to English) errors, there are misspelled words, like “Lonomer” which should read “Ionomer.” And “the best or nothing” sounds quite a bit like a Mercedes Benz ad, hehe.
Critiques aside I can confidently game this ball and it performs well in varying conditions. The Apex 6 is a solid ball, long off the tee and responsive in the short game.
I’ve found a new gamer ball, one that fits my game perfectly:
The Emoji Poop ball above matches my Emoji Poop driver cover, which reviewed about a week ago.
Below is the Paige Spirinac ball:
These are part of the Emoji half-dozen pack which can be found on Amazon here.
When my golf partners watch me chip this is the ball that represents their reactions:
These would be a fun Father’s Day golf gift, though it may be too late to order these for Father’s Day unless you are on Amazon Prime.
Red alert! You have exactly one week before Father’s Day. Stay calm. I’ve got some great golf related Father’s Day gift ideas for you, most of which you can get shipped in time, or find in your local golf shop. I’ll cover a range of under $15 to about $500 so now matter how much you “love” dad, I’ve got you covered. Each item will have a photo and a link to the HOG review.
At $14.99 the Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder is a great gift. It holds cigars of varying sizes and clamps via velcro or strong magnets.
Between $65-$75 is a Snell Golf Father’s Day gift pack. The packs come with two dozen killer golf balls, an awesome hat, and two casino chip style Snell Golf ball markers. Snell Golf balls are designed by the engineer behind the ProV1 and many other high end “tour” golf balls.
These flip flops are incredibly comfortable. The padding under the feet provides a wonderful foot massage with every step. The joy dad will get for a mere $30 investment is huge.
I love my Emoji Poop head cover. It’s a friendly reminder of how good my golf game really is. Dad’s golf buddies will be envious. Under $30.
Fantastic golf shorts with an attitude featuring roughly 200 skulls. Dad will love wearing these at the stuffy old club. Under $60.
Class dad up with a high end golf polo from Devereux. Incredible fabric, performance and fit. $85 well spent.
Indoors or in the yard these are great practice balls. They fly a fraction of the distance normal golf balls do, and won’t break the neighbor’s window when you blade a flop shot in the front yard.
There are no better socks on the planet. I will not wear any other socks than Kentwool. They’re not cheap. They last forever. Their new game day version features colors of your favorite pro or college sports teams.
My current game bag is this one. It’s super light and very cool looking with no outlandish logos or marketing on it. Ouul is a new brand making some very cool golf bags.
Do you REALLY love dad? Then you can pony up the $500 it will take to get him the best golf laser rangefinder on the market, the Bushnell Pro X2. This is my gamer and I love it.
The best things in life are free. Point dad to the new Hooked on Golf Blog mobile app, available for both major mobile platforms. To find it, search for “Hooked on Golf Blog” in either app store.