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. 😉
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.
One of my long time best golf and cigar buddies was in town from Vegas yesterday. He was here enjoying the cooler, 100 degree temperatures. Naturally I suggested we hit the links and I brought some “little friends” (said in the voice of Al Pacino). Those friends, a.k.a. golf cigars were the La La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal courtesy of Holt’s Cigar Company.
This sampler includes the following:
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Robusto (5.25 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – San Cristobal Monumento (7.25 X 49)
- 1 – San Cristobal Revelation Legend (6.25 X 52)
These brands are blended by renowned cigar maker Jose “Pepin” Garcia, in Estelí, Nicaragua. This sampler rates in the 92-95 range.
On The Course
On the 11th tee dark clouds and rain hit us. Not heavy rain, but there was some lightning activity. We took shelter to wait it out and that’s when we said hello to our little friends. I chose the dark lady in the middle, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo while my buddy chose the San Cristobal Revelation Legend.
The La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo I found to be very smooth and slightly above medium bodied, for me at least. My golf buddy loved the San Cristobal Revelation Legend. He finished the 11th with a fine par and when he was fully into his stick he made a tremendous birdie on the par-5 12th. My game was supercharged too. In the cigar holes 11-13 I went par-par-birdie.
The numbers don’t lie. We were cumulatively -2 for the cigar holes. Next round I’ll be putting more of this cigar sampler into play. I enjoyed mine right down to the (not bitter) end. Some cigars I can’t go that far with, but my Reserva Maximo provided “maximo” smooth and consistent taste all the way.
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.
On the 15th hole of the City Amateur tournament this weekend two players were using their lasers to get a yardage. It’s a long downhill par-3. “248,” the one player said to the other after 10-15 seconds of shooting. “Yup that’s what I got,” the other player replied. Seemed off to me but they both shot it. Player one then proceeded to knock his shot over the green. I got out my Bushnell Pro X2 laser and shot it at 228. The green slants toward the tee uphill, and the flag was on the front. I suspect each of those two guys was aiming at the flag, but their lasers were reading the back of the green and not the pin. My X2 locked onto the pin instantly. That’s a great example of my X2 story. It locks on so quickly and accurately.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features
- Pinseeker technology locks onto pin quickly
- Jolt – the unit vibrates when the pin is locked
- Slope-Switch Technology – turn slope on or off easily without changing physical hardware
- Rubber Armored Metal Housing
- IPX7 Fully Waterproof
- Accurate to a 1/2 yard
- Ranges 5-1,300 Yds; 450+ Yds to a Flag
- Dual Display Technology – red or standard black LED
- 6X Magnification
- 2nd Generation E.S.P.
- Fast Focus System
- Stable-Grip Technology
- Solid carrying case which mounts on a golf bag easily
- Two year warranty
On The Course
As I mentioned above, this laser is super-quick. I’ve used at least a dozen varying laser rangefinders and the X2 locks onto the pin faster than any of them. I prefer to use the red LED display, part of the DDT (dual display technology). The red is very easy to red and vibrant.
Being somewhat of a rules stickler, I’ve never used slope on any lasers in the past. During some non-tournament rounds on my very hilly home course I decided to try out the slope. For years I’ve calculated yardages by experience and feel. The slope in the Pro X2 shows the estimated yardage the shot would play if it was flat. For instance, the par-3 6th at my home course is 186 but quite a bit downhill. The slope rating in the X2 made it pretty clear why I’ve often hit my shots too far. I’ve calculated the downhill as 10 yards, so playing to 176 but according to the X2 it plays as 170, about another half club.
The slope switch on this unit is quite convenient. Unlike the previous slope model Bushnell, there’s no taking off a plate to change the slope. That was somewhat inconvenient and the plates could be easy to lose.
The size of this unit is great. It easily fits in the palm of my hand. The technology is getting better, allowing for smaller devices. In the old days the Pinseeker models were obnoxiously large.
The Jolt feature is one I’ve grown to depend on. When the unit is locked onto the pin, it gives a quick buzz or vibration.
I’ve played in several rain storms with the X2, a couple quite heavy. No issues at all so the waterproofing works well.
The Bushnell Pro X2 is an industry leader without a doubt. The features, technology, and performance are unmatched. That performance and quality comes with a sticker price of $499 which is well worth it in my opinion. There are definitely less expensive options out there, if you like hitting your 248 yard club for shots that are 228.