I was a Junior at the University of Tennessee when I first began "playing" golf. For a while, I was having an internal battle trying to decide which I was worse at, golf or biochemistry. Not surprisingly, golf won. Since then, I've managed to reach the mediocre phase of inconsistency. My putting definitely contributes to my struggle of developing a respectable game. Apparently yelling "Tiger" after each putt will not help the ball get in the hole. Understanding that many are disappointed in their putting, such as myself, Larry Feistel and Dave Nastalski of Dirty Larry Golf have developed a practice tool that will help golfers at all levels of expertise, improve their short game.
After three years of development and nine prototypes, the guys at Dirty Larry Golf have finalized their product called the Navigator. As an assisting tool, the Navigator shows golfers the direction that their putter is facing. According to Dave, "The face of the putter is 92 to 95% responsible for the starting direction of the ball." Larry builds on that notion by mentioning that after using the Navigator for about 10-15 minutes, golfers' eyes will establish what a square face looks like. The Navigator is simple, yet effective, helping golfers improve without breaking the bank. The crew at Dirty Larry have a goal of exposing the golf game to more individuals and providing them with a training aid to better enhance their game. They also want to do their part in pushing for the growth of American made products. To do so, they have worked with American manufacturers to mass produce the Navigator here in the States.
With the Navigator already gaining traction in the PGA community while being presented at the PGA Show earlier this year, it has already caught the eyes of instructors and distributors. It also has the potential of reaching many golfers not taking lessons who are looking to take their putting game to the next level. Once the Navigator hits its stage of popularity, it will be interesting to see if Dirty Larry Golf will test out similar training aids for the other clubs.
Overall, having a tool to help improve the short game on the course POPs.