Historically, putting has been 50 percent fear and 50 percent fun. Reading, aligning and stroking the putt are anxious parts of the game. AcuAim Putters will get rid of the fear in a surprisingly simple way: By giving every golfer a focus point on the golf ball itself via an ingenious reflective “halo.”
The halo on the two new wands from inventor and longtime golfer Woody Stillwagon is produced by a narrow, luminescent plastic insert that extents straight back from the center of the face, which, when it absorbs and then reflects the sun from just about any angle, casts an glowing orange spot that's easy to line up with the “centerline,” or perfect contact point, on the ball itself.
Golf Tips testing with the heavier, toe-balanced “Camelback” model (the slightly smaller M-1 is 30 grams lighter) in regular amateur tournament playing conditions truly illuminated Stillwagon’s guiding theory behind his design—to fight what’s know as the “Parallax Effect.”
As pointed out in this Putt Like A Pro article, the parallax effect causes an alignment error from the outset when the golfer tries to align the perceived ball’s centerline with the putter’s actual centerline. This inexactness causes the centerline of the ball and the putter’s sweet spot to be misaligned. Because most golfers focus almost all of their attention on the top of the putter when aiming the putter, it is unfortunate that the golfer usually follows with their eyes the top of the putter back through the back stroke—thus committing golf’s cardinal sin of taking their eyes off of the ball.
That didn’t happen in our testing. Alignment immediately became second nature. The “halo” held our attention through the putt, from address through contact; we found that our eyes didn’t follow the actual putterhead, which is the bugaboo of many stuggling putters.
The upshot? More made putts, from knee-knockers to low-percentage, plus-20-footers. At the end of the two-day tourney, our team found itself in the winner’s circle. AcuAim played a big part.
It’s effective. Suddenly putting is fun again.
And the more putts you make, the more you enjoy playing and the lower your golf score. Which is fun, too, right?
“Most golfers can ‘read’ a green—it is fairly obvious to read right or left breaks, up or down rolls on most putting greens,” Stillwagon says. “After initially reading the contours of the green, the golfer ‘guestimates’ the probable track of the putted golf ball.
“But using the traditional passive black or white alignment line on the putter’s top surface does little to enable putter aiming. AcuAim Golf is changing the game. When you compare the traditional black or white center-lined putters, there is no comparison.”
Indeed. AcuAim’s luminous centerline addresses the shortcomings of the traditional putters.
“Where this putter really does well is from two to eight feet,” adds Stillwagon. “Beyond eight feet it’s anyone’s guess, but this really helps golfers make those shorter putts."
Stillwagon argues that the putter, unlike design advances in woods, balls and shaft technology, has remained virtually unchanged. There is really nothing new in putter design since the 1950s; up to now, all putters then look virtually the same as putters today.
AcuAim’s luminous centerline is patented and conforms with the Rules of Golf. It also conforms with our idea of what a truly effective and confidence-boosting putter can and should be. It ships with an old-school, round “Grip One” grip, but of course you can add whatever grip model fits your fancy.
Then you’re set to get out there and have some fun on the green, for a change.
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