PUTTER PATH TRAINER
PATH TRAINING SPECIFIC TO YOUR STROKE!
Further instructional content and video guides coming soon...
My goal with the creation of the JJ Putter Path Trainer is to enable golfers to train their putting stroke, using a guide that matches their stroke characteristics, through a fitting process.
The Putting Plane Trainer shows the projected 2d Path of the sweet spot in the stroke and is determined by the putters swing plane. This 2d Path will change depending on the angle (inclination) of the plane and the radius (distance to the centre / axis) of the plane.
Having a Path Trainer for every single combination of plane angle and radius is both unnecessary and impractical. We are able to group combinations that produce similar 2D Paths together, limiting the number of mats to 4 and seeing differences between the paths being negligible.
Which Putter Path Trainer suits your stroke?
Figuring which of the mats is best for each individual golfer can be done in one of two ways.
1. You can use the Putter Path Trainer Fitting Guide below. This will help you make predictions for your stroke radius and plane angle.
2. You can visit your local Capto Coach (including myself) and the suitable plane angle and radius can be recommended by them.
PUTTER PATH TRAINER FITTING GUIDE
If you already know the plane angle and radius applicable to your stroke, perhaps from using the Capto system, you may use the chart to choose the appropriate Putting Plane Trainer. Otherwise please use the below guide to estimate. Please understand this fitting process can never be an exact science. However, the below guide should give you a better understanding of the appropriate training mat for your stroke.
See below for a guide on how to calculate your predicted radius and plane angle. Once this is established, use the chart below to find the corresponding path trainer for your stroke.
Ideally having somebody help you, take your set up position and measure the distance from your sternum to the sweet spot of the putter. If you're measuring in cm add 10 to this number, if in inches, add 4. This number (measurement plus 10cm or 4inches) is your predicted stroke radius. e.g. my sternum to floor measurement is 109cm. Therefore my predicted radius would be 119cm. If you wanted to allow for a small amount of wrist motion within your stroke, I would simply take the measurement from sweet spot to sternum as your radius. (1inch = 2.54cm)
Whilst a little more difficult to predict, should the stroke we driven by the upper body only, we can make the best prediction based upon posture. Use the pictures below, deciding which shows the most accurate representation of your posture, then choosing the applicable plane angle.
Working towards a concept?
Alternatively, you may have a concept you are working towards. In which case, choose the appropriate plane angle for your concept. An example of a common concept would be matching the putters swing plane to shaft plane. In which case your preferred plane angle will be the lie angle of your putter subtracted from 90. i.e. 90 - 72 = 18.
If you do not set up with your eyes over the ball, your perspective of the path may change. e.g. eyes inside the ball may cause the path to appear as though it is arcing more. In this case, if you desire the path trainer to provide the correct visual, it is recommended to purchase the mat with less path arc. e.g. if the fitting process and chart suggests a blue path trainer, you may want to choose the green.
I hope the above fitting process gives golfers a better understanding of the correct path trainer to suit their stroke and they are now able to consider their options. Here are some further benefits to the JJ Putter Path Trainer Mats.
Expertly designed for fantastic visuals of putter path, face lines and stroke length.
Made from a durable and waterproof rubber and polyester that goes completely flat once unrolled.
Tee holes at the putter start position for feedback on ball strike location.
Tee holes at both blade and mallet putter width for path feedback / guidance.
Tee holes at 10.5 inches for a ball gate to provide start line feedback.
Light weight and comes with a carry case for easy storage in the golf bag.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions.
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