There is an old saying in golf, "Driver for show and putter for dough." Yet when it comes to the skill of putting it is fair to say that it is the last thing we aim to practice when we are at the range. Granted, we will all have practice putt when we hit the course but at the end of the day it is something we are all guilty of.
Putting mats have been around for a long time. However, being quite bulky can simply take up room. Then you have to dig it out of the attic (or where ever you keep it), unroll, practice, then roll up and put away.
Thankfully, there is a new product on the market that can end those woes. A product that can even fit in your laptop bag. The Rite line smart target.
The "Rite Line Smart Target" was created by Jonathan Roberts. The premise is a rather simple one.
A flat A4 sized mat that is thin. A hole...but it's not a hole. It looks like any regular golf hole yet flat with a raised sticky pad that captures the ball. The slightest touch of the ball to the pad and the ball is trapped. Of course if you miss the putt (like I did a number of times) the ball will continue to roll.
The pad itself is a "special nanotechnology polymer sticky pad. As someone who possesses little scientific knowledge, I have no idea what that means but whatever it is...it works. As I was putting in my living room the ball stuck beautifully each time I hit the target. Removal of the ball from the pad was also as easy as pie.
The target simulates a regular hole in terms of looks and the target will inform you if you are pushing left or right. As a visual target it is excellent. As a putting mat it is also excellent. It's a very clever piece of kit that makes you think to yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?"
It may just look like a flat mat with a sticky pad and a visual hole but the truth is that it is so much more than just that. As a putting device it can be taken anywhere...even outside on a putting green or short grass in your garden. This versatility is impressive when compared to others in the field.
The product is even endorsed by Ladies European Tour professional, Amy Boulden. As someone who has followed Amy's career since her amateur days it is fair to say that this girl can putt. An endorsement of this kind is plastered over the packaging and Amy will also show you exactly how to use the Rite Line Smart Target in the video on their website.
Golfhacker should also comment on the delivery time. I was informed that the product was being delivered by first class mail at 4pm so after order...it arrived the next morning. Now that was impressive however it will depend on where you are in the world.
This is a fantastic product that is simple in design and effective in what it promises. This is something you may want in your Christmas stocking as the winter nights prevent your time at the greens. You'll see the putting improvement that's for sure. Practice, practice and practice some more and you could as good on the greens as Jordan Spieth.
The Rite Line Smart Target is available from www.riteline.co.uk