Written By: Chris Conley
One thing there is no shortage of in the golf world is the plethora of golf training-aids that are advertised to take 2, 5 even 10 strokes off your game; so when we find one that we actually think lives up to the hype we like to share it with our readers.
The Arc to Arc by WellPutt is one of these training-aids, and it has the two simple things we believe are required for a golf training-aid 1) Simplicity 2) Can be used anywhere. WellPutt was founded by a European Golf Professional and offers 4 different putting training-aids The Arc to Arc, Welling Putt Matt, Well Stance and the Gate Drill Weights. While we haven’t reviewed any of the other products, they look as great as the Arc to Arc was. The genius behind all of their products is the ability to practice indoors, in any atmosphere no matter the weather outside.
The Arc to Arc is for the golfer looking to improve the technicality of his putting stroke. It enables the golfer to see his stroke and feel the path of the putter head. This training aid is offered in various strokes, including square, standard (arc) and light (ball position), and is available in left-hand and right-hand variants. Taken from WellPutt website
As I mentioned above there are two main reasons we found the Arc to Arc to be useful, one is simplicity. You simply unfold the Arc to Arc and go to work, the genius behind the Arc to Arc is it can be used with out a ball and a golf hole, or with both. The mat shows 5 points on the backswing and downswing to help show you the position your putter should be in through out the putting stroke, the mat also has different points for where to align both of your feet to make you truly comfortable, and a different “gate” position for where the ball should cross depending on your foot placement. There are holes in certain spots of the Arc to Arc for you to place tees, so you know if you hit a tee with your putter that your stroke is not correct, after about 10 putts on the Arc to Arc you can already feel a more steady rhythm and motion to your putting stroke. The Arc to Arc comes in 3 different models Square, Standard and light; most people will fall under the standard motion but if you visit their website or check out the pictures below you can figure out which you are, most people have an “arc” to their putting motion, some have a less severe “arc” and some go straight back and through the ball with a “square” motion, the most important part to have the Arc to Arc help you is picking the correct model based on your putting motion.
The second thing we look for in a training aide is where it can be used, and with the Arc to Arc you can use it anywhere. While it seems to be designed for on the practice green use (you can push tees down into the ground to hold in place in front of a hole), I have used it in my office when I need a break from work more than anywhere. Instead of pushing tees into the ground, I simply put a golf ball on top of each of the tee holes, this not only weighs it down but keeps the “object” in the correct position so you hit something if your putting motion is out of line. I have practiced using the Arc to Arc both with a ball and with out, I practice the motion over and over again with no ball till I feel I am in a rhythm; then while at the office I will throw a glass sideways on the ground about 5 feet away and start using the Arc to Arc with a ball. On the course obviously you set it up a few feet from a golf hole and practice with a ball and an actual golf hole.
Most people concentrate on how far they can hit their driver because well that’s the most fun part of golf (in my opinion), but if you want to shave strokes off your score quickly, the easiest way to do so is improving your putting. You always hear about the these work-out routines on TV “15 minutes a day and you can lose 20lbs in a month” or some absurd claim; with the Arc to Arc they really should have one of these claims though because it would be true, “10 minutes a day, shave 4 strokes off your score in a month”, because honestly if you practice with the Arc to Arc for 10 minutes a day for a few weeks, I guarantee you will be putting better and lowering your score.
You can find more about the Arc to Arc and all of WellPutt’s other products HERE, since they are a french company this website is from their US media representation company but will give you plenty of information.
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.