Do you need putting data?
The biggest added value that technology brings to coaches is, that it makes their lives easier. Instead of having to rely on the student’s ability to feel and comprehend what is being said, the coach can now prove and show the figures that need to be changed for real progress. For some reason, however, technology has not yet fully reached putting. One of the only areas in the game of golf where there are no physical restrictions keeping you from being just as good as the pros on tour. What is happening to the ball on the green is plain physics and can be replicated by any golfer. This also means the information is calculable. Obviously, there is technology around that is designed to improve your putting, however, the problem with most of those devices is, that they focus mainly on the swing and the way the ball leaves the club face. They seldomly take into account what else is happening between impact and the time the ball goes into the hole. Of course, it is possible to improve your swing and the roll of your ball, but that does not solve the problem of getting the ball to the hole. There are simply too many other factors that come into play that are not considered.
But why is the focus so much on roll rather than on the actual stroke? Well, most golfers and even coaches have never seen a “real” putt in front of them. They might have seen projected putts on the telecast from the PGA Tour or in replays, but they have never seen a putt in front of them where they infallible knew which task is ahead of them. I am talking speed options, ideal line, aiming point, etc. So, how would a coach know how to efficiently teach those factors? The simple answer is they can’t. They would have to start out by getting a better understanding of a putt themselves and follow that up by giving their students a way to visualize their putts the exact same way. Luckily, there is a device that does exactly that. With PuttView, coaches can do the exact same thing they have been doing with Trackman or GC Quad and this is giving the student data to support the teaching point.
Helping your students understand what your teaching point is through visualization will greatly enhance the value of your lesson. What is possible through the long game, is also possible with PuttView. Which is basically your Trackman for putting.
PuttView projects every parameter of the putt onto the green and therefore provides the student with a visual representation of what the putt ahead of them will do. No more guessing and no more talking around about what can’t be seen. Depending on the teaching point of the lesson, coaches can even focus on specific areas of putting such as read, line, and speed and amend the visuals accordingly. This is something that simply isn’t possible during regular lessons because it is an impossible task to detangle those factors without the help of technology. At least not reliably.
But what about the putting stroke or the roll of the ball? Isn’t it just as neglecting to leave those factors out of the equation, as it is the other way around? The overly simple answer is no. While stroke and ball roll undoubtedly play a role in the outcome of the putt, they are not the main determining factors of whether a putt will go into the hole or not. As is the case with a full swing as well, it is all about being as consistent as possible. Whatever that means for each individual student. If they manage to start their ball on their intended line with their stroke and that line is matched with the correct speed for the putt, the ball will go into the hole. No matter what. Consistency obviously can come from a reliable and repeatable stroke, yet most amateurs struggle way more with green reading, picking the correct line, and speed control than the work that would need to be done on their strokes. Showing students the actual path of the ball on PuttView will help them improve their putting intuitively and the real-time Ball Tracking underlines a good putt or gives insights into possible sources of errors. This way, during a lesson, the coach can focus on helping the student gain an understanding of what is being said, rather than teaching something unfathomable to them.
Knowing those data points and the geometry of a putt is important to keep track of your improvement. However, those are fundamentals that even some coaches fail to fully comprehend.
Giving students a reliable data source will greatly improve their putting as well as their satisfaction with their lesson. Most of the time students are reluctant to book specific putting lessons because they don’t understand the benefit of them. They believe that putting comes down to guessing and luck. And they are not wrong for the most part because without technology that is exactly what is being taught to them. As mentioned above, this doesn’t have to be the case. Everything that is happening on the green can be calculated and there shouldn’t be any guessing involved. Just like with a Trackman or a GC Quad which are trusted devices for almost any coach out there, PuttView will help increase the value of any putting lesson and should not be missing in the putting practice of the future. Because, as we have learned from the best of the game: Only if you are willing to look under every rock out there, will you be able to get the best possible performance out of you. So why not use the data that is readily available to finally unlock the students’ full potential on the greens as well.