The creativity and ingenuity of golf inventors, entrepreneurs and small companies never ceases to amaze me. Case in point today, the Argon Laser Putter.
I’ve reviewed laser putters before. The concept is simple. A laser beam emitted from the putter face allows the player to check alignment and even “see” a real line to the target, rather than having to imagine one. Being off line by a tiny amount makes putts go off line more and more the farther away you are from the target.
Three Lasers Are Better Than One
Previous laser putters I’ve reviewed had one laser in the center of the club face. The laser was good for checking alignment, but without addressing the ball. Once the ball was positioned in front of the club face it blocked the laser.
With the Argon 3-laser setup this is not a problem. There are two lasers at ground level. One laser is on the heel and one is on the toe of the putter face. The other laser is in the middle of the tall club face. The two ground level beams are not blocked when having a ball positioned at address. The player can see a set of laser rails which give a great visual of the width of the line. The top laser hits the top of the ball.
How The Argon Is Better Than Others Laser Putters
1. Like I said, the three laser configuration gives much more information to the player. Seeing the width of the line via the two lower lasers while the ball is positioned in front of the putter is great.
2. The lasers on the Argon are very bright and much easier to see than other laser putters. This is due to the fact that they’re powered by a 9-volt battery, rather than a tiny watch battery. Having a 9-volt is also better because they’re easily found anywhere when the battery dies. Having to remove and install a tiny watch battery is almost as inconvenient as trying to find a store that sells them.
3. The grip of the Argon putter has the buttons to turn the laser on. You can turn it on as long as you want. Other systems’ lasers are turned on by tapping the club on the ground and the laser is only active for a fixed amount of time.
The feedback you get from simply lining up your putts is great. One great way to check alignment and how your putter face is positioned at address is to putt toward a wall. If your lasers are high up on the wall, that means you are lofting the club. Conversely, if the lasers don’t get there you’re pointing the face at the ground.
My pal, a PGA pro, got a good amount of feedback this way. He uses two grips, standard and “the claw.” When using standard grip, he was off line left and high of target. That means he was lofting his putter and the face was closed at address. When using his claw grip, he was high and right. Unfortunately for me, if he fixes those issues, I may not be able to extract as many dollars from his wallet during our weekly grudge matches.
For more feedback the putter comes with a “Putting Dome.” The Putting Dome is a target (seen in the first image) which lights up when you hit a putt dead center.
It can be quite shocking to see how badly aligned you really are when putting. If your putting stroke is smoother than Anna Rawson’s legs it won’t matter if your putter isn’t aimed properly. The Argon Laser Putter will get you set up and aimed properly, eliminating missed putts due to improper alignment or club face positioning.
More Argon Laser Putter images can be found in the Hooked On Golf Blog Argon Gallery.