Every Once In A While There Is a Game Changing Technology
Running a site like MyGolfSpy you get the opportunity to see some pretty amazing pieces of technology and golf gear before it hits the market. But for every game-changing new product being submitted by either a MGS reader, inventor, or company PR representative there are literally thousands of product launch proposals that stink up the joint (just being completely honest).
But, every once in a while I run across an idea that might just forever change how the game is played. Today is one of those days. In the past those ideas were generally based around materials like titanium or graphite for example. Although, today, the things shaping the future of golf have less to do with clubs and more to do with things like intensely complex computer programs, crazy mathematical algorithms, super in-depth phone applications (apps) and game tracking softwares.
So...what if I told you that there was a new technology that would allow you to NEVER MISREAD ANOTHER PUTT. Yeah, I said NEVER. That means no more Camilo Villegas spiderman impersonations, acting like you know how to plum bob to impress your pals, walking around the entire hole 5 times before still missing the putt 10 foot left and 5 feet short and oh yeah no more acting like your taking a practice putt on the green while your partners decide who is up next (and if it goes in its good and if it doesn't...well it was just to test the speed of the green). Yeah this technology eliminates all of that.
It's called Stracka Line™, and I actually wrote about it a couple years ago when they first teamed up with former tour caddie of Arnold Palmer, "Gorjus George" Lucas. Lucas created those famous "bright orange" hand drawn yardage books you see in so many of the PGA Tour players back pockets. Well the idea and technology has come a long way since those hand drawn books.
SO WHAT IS "STRACKA LINE" & HOW DOES WORK?
Have you ever played a video game like Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf? If you have then you've seen pretty much how the Stracka Line™ technology works. Just like in the game, now on your phone you have a complete topography of the green that tells you not only exactly where every single break is on the green but it actually tells you where to putt (yeah like aim 5 feet left and 2 feet past the hole and it will go in).
Now that 75-foot double breaker has turned in to something much more manageable. With a couple quick touches to your phone you get the directions on exactly how to make that putt. This is to putting like point & shoot cameras were to amateur hack photographers when they first hit the scene. Sound like something out of Popular Science Magazine? Well..it's not, because just like the futuristic magazines slogan says, "The Future Is Now!"
FROM THE COMPANY: Stracka Line™ is the patented technology for tracking the exact slopes and breaks of a golf courses's putting green.
Using a top of the line laser from the land surveying industry, this advanced technology scans the surface of the green for millions of data points that are accurate to the millimeter to pick up even the most subtle elevation changes. This takes the plum bobbing and guesswork out of reading your putt and brings your golf game into the 21st century.
Professional golfers, their caddies, amateurs, and even beginners new to the game agree. This new technology is revolutionizing the way to interpret how a ball will break. Never misread another putt with StrackaLine.
Request To Have Your Course Scanned
Stracka Line™ currently has about 150 courses scanned across the US. Most of which are the courses played by the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and some other famous tracks have been scanned as well. But they plan to have between 500-1000 more courses scanned by the end of the year. And this is just the start. For a fee of just $495 your home town course can have the Stracka Line™ company come out and do a complete scan. That means by next week you might be using Stracka Line™ to read putts just like you were in the 2013 EA Sports Tiger Woods game. Your course hasn't been Stracka Lined yet? Well print this off post it up in the clubhouse or hell just email this article to the ProShop. It's that easy.
The Best Putting Aid Ever Invented (No More Guesswork & Human Error)
For those of you wanting to know whether or not this is legal to use in competition. Basically the answer is you can use it for recreational use and practice purposes, but if your using it for real time updates during competition, it would be illegal. Anything that updates while you play is actually illegal (even weather forecast phone apps are illegal during competition believe it or not). In a nutshell the hand drawn books are for the tour players and the app is for consumers looking to learn more about green reading and improving their putting. Using the Stracka Line™, golfers will finally know and better understand which way the putt will break and why.
Yes, there have been tons of green reading devices, putting courses created and training aids built to make you a better putter, but the one fault ALL these aids have is the fact that they all leave room for human error and allow guesswork to come in to play. Stracka Line™ take the guesswork and human error out of the equation once and for all. Which is the reason and my opinion why this has the chance to be the best putting training aid ever invented.
There are a ton of other features included in the app, although one of the most promising for golfers outside of the green reading feature is the "Fall Line" attribute of the application. Why is this so cool? Well it basically tells you exactly where to hit the best approach shot in to the green. It does this by telling you where the perfect uphill putt or perfect downhill putt is on the putting surface. So no matter whether you are only using it for recreational purposes and just want to finally know the best place to land your approach shot or you are a competitive player plotting the greens before your round you now have a piece of information that would have previously taken you hours to locate and even then it would have only been a rough guesstimation at best.