A direct observation from Swing Align founder Chris McGinley informs the straightforward approach the company takes for developing its game-improvement device.
“Nearly half the strokes a golfer takes in any given round are putts,” McGinley said. “If you want lower scores, you have to practice putting with purpose and correct feedback.”
That truism is what in many ways drove McGinley and his company to augment its line of training aids with the Goal Post, a device that attaches easily to the head of most putters and supplies instant feedback on the quality of each stroke. That way, the user is better able to develop consistent aim, alignment and path as well as square the face at impact when he or she putts.
“A square at set-up, and especially at impact, is going to deliver solid contact and a better roll each time,” he added.
The lightweight, lime-green frame rests across the topline of a putter, with alignment posts positioned at the toe and heel of the putter face, forming in the process a gate. If the putter face is open or closed, the ball contacts the post on the takeaway or the return stroke and veers off-line, providing that instant feedback. But golfers know they have made a good stroke and square, solid contact when they see the ball clear the posts and roll on the proper line.
To make aiming even easier, the device also features an adjustable attachment that hovers above the ball and face of the putter. The combination of three aiming lines is designed to maximize the golfer’s “vernier acuity,” which is the ability to clearly see when multiple line segments become even the slightest bit misaligned.
The Goal Post sells for $29.95 and is available for purchase through the company’s website.