Ty Webb did it. I’ve done it; well, not with the 15 year-old daughter of the Dean, but when you have an ‘addiction’ to this part of the game like I do, it’s sometimes hard to work-in a full practice session in a mere 14 hours of daylight per day!
The little practice device (seen here) isn’t necessarily used in the dark (usually after dark though)…but it certainly can be used year-round. And not only is it a fun thing to do during luch break in the office, or on those miserable days when you can’t get to the course, but it certainly makes sense for a little Michigan winter fun as well!
For those of you that don’t recognize this little device, its an automatic putt return machine; what a concept! And here’s a short video of it in action! There are of course several ways to use it:
1. Pick a spot on the floor (4-6 ft. away) and practice those little ‘testers’
2. Take the ‘side’ approach and see how big of angle you can make it from
3. Keep putting until you make 10 in a row (I wouldn’t recommend trying to make 100 like Phil the Thrill does)
4. Or try my personal favorite…start with a 4-footer, then putt till you make it, and then keep putting till you miss. One catch though: you have to putt from whatever distance it ‘kicks-it-out’ to!
When we used this in the dorm hallways at college, it sometimes really sent one and gave you a 40-footer or so! There’s even a dial on it that’ll help control the return distance. But as you can see in the vid; if you hit it ‘straight in’, it’ll send it back out it’s maximum distance; risk-reward I guess for hitting a perfect shot! Anyway, I seem to recall the record being 24 in a row!
So here’s just one thing you can do to keep your game sharp in these brutal Michigan winters, and if you truly enjoy this game and can’t wait ’till spring to get better…take advantage when you can of one of the more useful golf devices on the market! And for those of you in GR, here’s a map of the golf stores in the area (Meijers probably has em as well?) where I’m sure they can fix you up!
Happy [off-season] putting!
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