I was inspired to develop the Flight Deck Putting trainer after watching a documentary on naval aircraft carriers. I was amazed watching the fighter jets land onto the deck with the use of the tail hook and arrestor cables. The tail hook and arrestor cable system are the inspiration for bringing this concept to training your putting stroke.
As I watched the jets catch the cable and stop the momentum, I noticed the physics kept the jets aligned straight. I applied these physics to putting. I went to work on very primitive prototypes to experiment with a putter striking an elastic band and found that indeed, it does work. The putter face angle, even if offline, immediately squares up upon impact with the band. The band applies resistance and does the work to help square impact position. By providing resistance through the impact zone, the player receives positive isometric training benefits to develop a consistently squarer, stronger impact position.
Why it works and why we need to train impact!
In golf, whether it is a full shot or a putt, everything about its flight (excluding outside forces like wind) is decided at IMPACT. It is the most important position in determining direction of a golf shot or putt. To start your ball on the line of putt, clubface angle at IMPACT is the MOST important position.
In putting, since the ball rolls on the ground versus flying through the air, clubface angle at impact becomes even more of a determining factor for direction. Contrary to belief, a poor putter path of a stroke (outside to inside or inside to outside) causing a bit of sidespin will have little to do with direction and does not cause putts to continue to curve offline. The green takes any sidespin off the ball due to friction of the grass on the ball. In other words, the ball starts rolling end over end on its own rather quickly so the path of the putter is far less a factor than the face angle at impact!
Why direction is so important!
The greatest putters in the world are making a very high percentage of putts from 8 feet and closer. At roughly a distance of 8 feet, PGA Tour Professionals hole 50% of their putts. These “makeable” range putts require the putter face angle at impact to be square to the line of putt. While distance control is extremely important for the ability to lag putts close and ensure a two-putt, directional control becomes paramount for the one-putt! If you want to make more putts you must control your aim and direction in that “one-putt” range. This is exactly what the Flight Deck trainer is for!