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A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE? – “Reading Your Next Putt Will NEVER Be The Same!”

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Now THIS is How You Read A Green!

The “Laser Golf Pin” Concept

The Concept: The Laser Pin would be a training tool and possibly used by all golf courses as an optional assistance for recreational golfers. Powered by solar panels, Laser Pin would project laser contours onto the green, allowing the golfer to accurately read the lie and ideal path of their putt.

I don’t see a lot of downsides to this technology…might slow play down a little…actually it might speed some of these guys up. We all play with a guy that reads a putt from 42 different angles and still has a 3.14 Putting Avg. I think this would be a great feature for beginners and even for tournaments. It would also be a great training device to help improve your skill on how to properly read greens. This would be great to teach not only juniors but even highly skilled golfers on how to properly read a green. I think this idea might actually spread like wildfire!

Gives Your Opinion…(Pros & Cons)

There are always some great comments by you guys. I am always amazed at some of the ideas and critiques you fellas come up with. What do you think about this latest idea we uncovered?

The Laser Golf Pin
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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

RobRay October 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

I think this could be a real ingenius idea as long as it is banned off the tour. I do agree that it would be a great help to juniors because of the green speeds these days.

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John Duval October 2, 2009 at 10:36 am

I think this is one of those golf gadgets that wasn’t really thought through, and as such will end up not living up to it’s potential. Since most average golfers can’t make putts even if given the line and break by a pro, this device will probably be of no value. I’m sure it will probably cost as much as a decent range finder also, which might be strike two against it. In the hands of skilled players it might be a useful tool however, if it’s not ruled illegal…

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mygolfspy October 2, 2009 at 10:40 am

Thanks for your comment John. This is actually not a device you would buy but rather the course itself as a benefit to the average golfer. And this would most likely not be legal…but still something the average golfer could use.

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tim flaherty October 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

No way…the game is about judgement. I took Mark Sweeney’s green reading class where you learn to accurately read the green with your feet and you know mathematically how your ball breaks. He has 30 tour clients. His stuff works. I’m the fastest green reader in my foursome and rarely 3 putt.

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Phana24JG December 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

Tim, I agree with your point about Sweeney and the Aimpoint system. However, I wonder if this device might be a way of helping you “map” greens faster?

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Thomas Kjær October 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

Hmm question is wheather this device will help golfers with green reading or it’ll actually weaken the senses??

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CJ Bush October 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Well, I have seen a similiar concept in Stracka.com’s yardage guides that they have available now for tour events. This would open it up to more courses and would give you a more hands on approach than the Strack yardage guides.

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Parker October 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Very interesting. Might be something to spice up the game and attract more amateurs. It would be like choosing to have bumpers or not when you go bowling. I also agree with Thomas’ comment above, and can’t decide if it’ll weak the average players ability to read greens or not.

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Eric October 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I guess it will do fine at least until they invent a robot to putt for us. Why stop at putting? Just have a machine hit all the balls. We can just drink beer in the clubhouse and wait for our gadgets to come tell us how we scored!

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Joe M October 2, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I say they just create a new rule that once your on the green its an automatic 2 putt! This would speed up play!!!!!!!

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brad January 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

why would ya wanna 2 putt from 2 foot from the pin?

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Chris October 3, 2009 at 6:05 am

If every green was completely flat we’d stil miss putts. Putting is about aim and pace something this tool doesn’t help with. It looks like a wonderful gadget thou. What about grain etc? Maps have grids on them but people still get lost. We need SatNav Putting! Men dressed like Rodney Dangerfield will buy this immediately!

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Owen October 6, 2009 at 5:22 am

I agree with Chris. It’s like the GPS systems. You still have to hit the ball at the end of the day.

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Robert G October 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

Great traing device for the practice green but I think on course the R&A and the USGA would need TUMS for their heartburn!

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Sam Froggatte October 6, 2009 at 6:46 am

Sorry, I am having a hard time believing the laser lines can be seen in bright sunlight. They must be incredibly strong. Has anyone seen it in action?

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mygolfspy October 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

Sam you might want to patent it just in case…would fit great with your company…great product line you have ;)

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Matt October 6, 2009 at 9:03 am

Won’t help the majority of amateurs-they cant hole putts even if they know the line!

A gimmick. I dont really think it will be anything more than another expensive training aid-that I will probably buy and throw in the garage with the others!

Maybe I should have a car boot sale and sell them all!

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mygolfspy October 6, 2009 at 11:14 am

Actually this would be purchased and provided bu the courses, no cost to you guys.

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Eagle006 October 6, 2009 at 9:13 am

No. It’s fine for computer games, but leave it at that. Green reading is a skill – some might say an art – that golfers have to learn. This device would take a lot of the judgement and skill out of it. Totally agree with Eric above.

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mygolfspy October 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

Thanks Eagle006…although how do people become better at the skills they acquire? They practice…and how do they practice…many times with tools and training devices. This would be a TRAINING device not something used in competition. No different then the “Putting Arc” which basically cheats in how to show you how to have the proper putting stroke.

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James L. DeHart October 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

Did Tiger, Phil or Vejay have trouble learning to put without this newest in the line of technologies designed to “Dumn down” the golfer. Just get a thighmaster and watch others play if you don’t feel like doing your homework. I could possibly go for it if it was used in the “First Tee” program but I like my golf the old fashioned way.

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mygolfspy October 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

No they did not but they did use a lot of other more idiotic devices to get where they are ;) And this would be great for the First Tee and many other junior programs across the country.

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P-Gunna October 9, 2009 at 8:38 am

Looks like a great invention, it might be good for training. My fear is the addition of another gadget that will slow the pace of play even more.

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Neil October 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

I see this like bumpers in bowling… a great tool to get started with. I think it definitely belongs with the course and to be used at their discretion. Should everyone get them? No, but most people don’t use bumpers in bowling either (even though some should).

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thomhggins November 3, 2009 at 12:25 am

This may not be the best device ever, but it does illustrate a logical point – we are not pr0ofessional golfers and we should not have to play the same game.

I think there should be three sets of rules. Professional rules, Amateur tournament rules and Amateur recreational rules.

Professional and tournament rules would be similar, but amateur rules could include:

1. No penalty for lost balls in the fairway. Why should a golfer with poor eyesight recieve a penalty just because he or she does not have a gallery to spot the ball.
2. OB would be a 2 stroke penalty and drop at the point of “exit” (like a hazard, except it is 2 strokes instead of 1) This would speed up play considerably.
3. Use a larger hole – the better players will still make more putts than their lesser counterparts, but all would take less strokes. This would speed up the game and make it moore enjoyable for recreationao golfers.
4. Marking the all on the greeen would be ruled illegal unless your ball was in somone’s way. (BTW marking a ball on the green is not required. If your opponent asks you to mark your ball, you have the option of putting it instead. Unfortunately, few people follow this time saving practice.

There are many more good ideas,but these will get you thinking.

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mygolfspy November 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

Well I do agree with you that there should be 2 sets of rules. You made good points. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. We are a growing family here at MGS and we hope you come back to join in on the fun.

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Tim "the Golfmeister" Flaherty November 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I think one set of rules is great but with a few changes. First, no playing the ball out of a fairway divot-it makes no sense to me you have to play from someone else’s rudeness if you hit the fairway. Second, no more going back to the tee. Everything should be dropped from where it went out to speed play.

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mygolfspy November 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Both good ideas Tim.

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Brian December 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm

To get a laser line in direct sunlight you would need it to be hooked to a car battery.

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mygolfspy December 7, 2009 at 9:46 am

That is the biggest issue with it Brian…but the laser tech is improving quickly.

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John Handegard April 7, 2010 at 5:17 am

Could there just be a printout at the pro shop indicating the direction of breaks on each green so we would not need to see anything extra on the green.

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mygolfspy April 7, 2010 at 6:47 am

Their actually are a couple systems like that. But just have not fully caught on yet.

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vadim April 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

wont work, i tried it, lasers disappear in a daylight, thats why construction guys still use chock because you cant see laser on a bright day, try it for yourself, get a line laser and go on a practice green with it

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