Kevin Williams, Women's Golf Coach at East Carolina University, contacted me recently regarding a video he had seen posted by renowned putting guru David Orr. After seeing it, I had to ask David's permission to post it on this website. What a smooth delivery; I had to post it.
In addition to the "chalk line" drill, Laser Optics v.II is ideal for start line projection on breaking putts. It is a great tool for training stroke accuracy and path visualization. To learn more about LO v.I used for assessing putter aim, and LO v.II used for training stroke accuracy and path visualization, keep reading down.
Tour player Billy Horschel reacts to the LO v.I aim assessment.
Laser Optics v.II
Highly regarded putting coach, David Orr, demonstrates Laser Optics v.II.
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Phillip Kenyon uses LO v.I to assess aim of tour player Alejandro Canizares.
Ultimate Laser "Chalk Line" Training. Check it out from Rob Houlding's Studio.
Just an added note here. You might notice that the golfer in this demonstration aimed 4-5" right of the cup with the Target Backboard behind the hole. Yet, without the Target Backboard, he aimed inside the cup. The Target Backboard altered his perception to the hole. I prefer to create actual play conditions in the putting sessions I conduct, and trace the aim line on the putting surface. No Target Backboard.
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Laser Optics v.I
Check out the demonstration video below:
Start Line Putting Demonstration Video (below).
This drill is effective for both straight and breaking putts. I have personally responded well to this training exercise. The key attributes are:
The "laser" start line trains accuracy, visualizing extended path trains read and touch.
Laser Optics version I, originally developed in 1997, has been the most effective device in golf for assessing putter alignment for over 20 years. Why is it so effective? Because it allows an instructor/caddie/etc. to measure putter alignment under normal visual conditions with the player's putter and golf ball. Nothing attached to the putter to disrupt or influence visual alignment.
The high power green laser projects an intense point which can be seen in the bright sunlight. LO v.I is provided with a handy target backboard. The laser is mounted on and calibrated to triangular laser base with three base legs. The front leveler leg can be adjusted up/down to control vertical projection point. Square the base to the putter face and the point shows face aim. Or, remove the front leg entirely, square the base to the putter face, and simply tilt the base up/down. By tilting the base, the laser point will trace the aim line clearly on the putting surface. This method requires no target backboard, and can be performed on any putt, straight or breaking.
Introducing the newest version of Laser Optics v.II LO v.II is a high power green laser with a wireless remote ON/OFF control. The high power green laser projects a solid line on the putting surface for easy and effective laser "chalk line" and self-visualization training. The wireless remote can be used to strategically turn the laser ON/OFF for setup assessment and visualization engagement. We have mounted and calibrated the laser to our standard 3-legged base. Remove the front lens cap and the laser projects a point used for putter aim assessment. The combination of LO v.I and LO v.II rolled into one great tool. And finally, the laser itself was specifically designed for this application. It's not just your standard run of the mill laser purchased from the market place. The specially developed circuit board was designed to run much more efficiently. A typical CR123a 3.0v battery will run the laser continuously for +3 hours.