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4.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis tool but slightly pricey..., 21 Dec 2013
M. Potter (Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: GSA Pro PAGSAPUTI Golf GPS Putt Analyser - White (Sports)
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The Pro Putt is a putting stroke analyser that fits into the top of your putter grip and gives you stats on how (and how well) you've hit the ball. If you've ever been in a Science & Motion Puttlab with your Pro then its a very similar concept. To capture a putting stroke you have to hold the putter still for a couple of seconds until the Pro Putt lamp turns solid blue and then start your putting stroke, after which all the data is transferred to your mobile via Bluetooth for you to review/analyse using the free app.

Set-up was very easy - pair the device with your mobile and install the App on to your phone. Then insert the Pro Putt into the top of the grip making sure that the mark on the Pro Putt is aligned with the centre line of the putter shaft. Note that even though I ordered the iPhone version I found that it works with Android just as well (at least on my Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab). I expect therefore that the Android version will work equally well with an iPhone (i.e. if you have an iPhone it might be worth taking a punt on the Android version as it seems to retail for slightly less money). The only difference between the two seems to be the colour of the Pro Putt (white vs black) and the included instructions being specific to the phone. You download the app from the respective app stores anyway, so I don't think it matters which version you order provided you've got either an Android or iOS phone.

You can record multiple putting strokes and the Pro Putt will store them all in the app. As well as the stats you also get top down and side view replays of how you hit the ball, which are very effective in telling you how well you putted. All but one of the stats can also be charted in the app allowing you to see how you faired over multiple putting strokes. You can also add your best swing to a best swing list and the app will overlay each put with the path of the best swing. A consistency score also tells you how close each one is to your best swing.

All in all its very effective, although the stats are meaningless unless you know how to interpret them. For that reason I'd recommend you have a lesson in something like a PuttLab (or take the Pro Putt to your next golf lesson) so that you can get feedback from your Pro. Compared to the PuttLab there are some things the Prop Putt doesn't do (or doesn't do as well) such as:

- You're only told the face angle at impact relative to how you address the ball. So if at the start your putter face was open and on your downswing you hit it open at the same angle then the Pro Put might say the face angle was zero degrees even though your ball will go to the right of the target (if you're a right hander of course).

- You don't get told the impact spot on the club head - PuttLab can do this, telling you whether you hit the centre, toe or heel of the clubface.

But these are minor quibbles given the price of the Pro Putt compared to a full blown PuttLab. For the price it's a remarkable device and a great training aid. Whether its worth it depends on how seriously you take your golf. If you've got the cash to spare then I'd recommend it.

The only remaining quiblle is the charger, which seems to come with a US or EU plug, but charging using the micro-USB charger for my phone worked fine.

P.S. The stats you get are: consistency, tempo, face angle, angle of attack (up/down), backswing time, downswing time, impact speed and club-head travel (distance), all of which can be graphed in the app apart from club-head travel.
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