To watch a video about the ‘Start Line Trainer’ with Phil Kenyon, click on the image above.
The Visio Start Line Trainer is a versatile and innovative training aid that will provide the player with specific feedback on their ability to hit their intended starting line, one of the most important skills required in putting.
The device has 3 different width ‘gate’ settings where tee pegs can be placed into the holes. If the ball starts outside of the required degree of accuracy on each setting then it will collide with the tee peg providing both visual and auditory feedback.
The 3 settings offer the golfer the challenge of being able to start the ball within 0.5, 0.75 or 1 degree of accuracy. The setting closest to the ball requires less than 0.5 degree of accuracy, the second closest setting requires less than 0.75 degree of accuracy whilst the setting furthest away requires less than 1.0 degree of accuracy. An interesting test when you consider at 10ft a 1 degree of error would be lined up to the edge of the hole, whilst at 20ft a 0.5 degree of error would also be lined up to the edge of the hole.
On a straight 10ft putt you will need to develop accuracy of less than 1 degree of error in your starting line to be successful. Training with the Start Line Trainer will not only help to develop the skill of being able to hit your starting line, but also give the golfer clear feedback on any directional patterns there may be.
Being able to start the ball through the gate will give you precise feedback on your clubface angle at impact. The face angle accounts for approximately 90% of the ball’s starting line. If you hit the left gate the putter face is most likely closed at impact whereas hitting the right gate the putter face is most likely open at impact.
Another benefit of the Start Line Trainer is that it will also give you feedback on your putter face alignment set up. When you set up the Start Line Trainer to your target (by aligning the centre line on the device) you can square the putter to the white line on the back edge of the device, this will give you visual feedback as to what the putter looks like when square to your ball to target line.
Using the device on breaking putts will also help you establish if you have any specific patterns on certain types of putts such as accuracy of predicting the correct break, your aim relative to read and ability to start the ball on your intended line.