Updated: May 17
The PuttOUT Mirror System is a good, strong product, that does as it says it will. But is it worth money?
If you're anything like us, your putter is never far away, probably propped up in your lounge and raring to go for a bit of putting practice whenever called upon (usually to get the blood flowing part way through a Netflix binge watch).
However, aimlessly shooting a golf ball across the room (before claiming that whatever it happens to hit was in fact what you were aiming for) does not do wonders for the short game. So we were interested to find out what this latest Putt Out device had to offer.
What they say
The manufacturers claim the PuttOut Golf Putting Mirror Trainer and Alignment Gate can setup all of the best putting drills (whatever they are?). You can set the width of the magnetic putter guides on the mirror to check your alignment and address position. The PuttOut mirror also comes with a stand-alone 50mm putting gate allowing you to actively work on your strike path and target by having the putter pass through the guide.
So in short it helps you check your alignment and swing path. But is it worth the money, given you can achieve most of what it does with a golf towel and some tee pegs stuck in the ground.
The short answer is, we think it is.
First up, the mirror is a huge advantage. I've always been taught to have my eyes over the ball at address, and the mirror gives you instant feedback on this (and in fact highlighted that although I thought I did this already, I was actually some way outside the line).
Secondly, the magnetic adjustable plates are not only great as you can easily adjust to any putter shape, you can also position them to give instant, mechanical, feedback to an offline swing path - so you're not just relying on your eyes to spot an error.
We also like the fact it can be used anywhere. Like I mentioned above, if you didn't want to spend the money on this product, you can achieve similar results with a few tee pegs stuck in the ground - but good luck trying to do that on your lounge carpet. We liked the way you could go from the carpet at home to the putting green at the course with no trouble at all (at only around 20cm square - it's easy enough to slot into your golf bag).
It's not perfect, it did scratch up a little after a few weeks of fairly heavy use - but let's be honest that doesn't really impact the function, unless you're also trying to use it to put on your make-up. And although the mirror was a little scratched, my putter was certainly no worse for wear.
So did it improve my putting?
Short answer. YES.
Now it could just be the fact I was practicing my putting for two weeks straight, but after two weeks with the PuttOut, my last few rounds have seen a much more assured putting performance. I found it has really improved my confidence, particularly from about 10 feet and in.
I think the biggest factor is it has taken away (or at least quietened down) some of the swing thoughts and doubts that can sometimes creep in when standing over a pressure putt. You feel more assured you're doing the basics right and you can zone into what's important. Hitting the bottom of the cup.