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Portable and affordable, the Eye Putt Pro training aid is effective at getting your eyes over the golf ball – under the right conditions.
The Eye Putt Pro is a mirror based training aid designed to provide visual feedback for positioning your eyes directly over the golf ball. Its inventor, PGA Golf Professional Casey Schiel, further promotes the benefits of having a level putter along with eyes over the target line for a ‘professional’ setup.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The Eye Putt Pro comes packaged with the mirror, storage bag, and instruction guide. Along with the level bubble, the mirror has two built in magnets plus reusable adhesive squares for attaching to the putter head. I liked the simplicity of the magnets for carbon steel putter heads; the adhesive is fairly straightforward for stainless putter heads, but make sure you save the small covers for replacement once the mirror is removed.
Along with ensuring you install the Eye Putt Pro level on the putter head, you also need to pay attention to squareness. You can see in the photo below with the silver blade putter that my initial installation was a tad off alignment wise. The Eye Putt Pro mirror attached easily to the half dozen putters I tried it on.
The next step per the instructions is: “Once attached, simply level the putter and see your eyes over the golf ball in the mirror.” The flat-bottomed black putter I was using immediately revealed an issue – the bubble is only effective for leveling the putter on flat ground or straight up/down hill target lines. Like on most putting greens, there was a subtle side slope where I was trying the Eye Putt Pro and leveling the putter head was creating an angle between the sole and the ground. Once I found a flat spot on the green, adjusting my setup to get my eyes over the target line was simple. Putting with the mirror attached is a tad strange, and it was important for me to focus on the immediate purpose – grip and eye position.
As someone who has dropped balls from the bridge of my nose for many years, I found checking position with the Eye Putt Pro to be much more exact – and keeps you from looking foolish when the ball accidentally hits your putter and darts wayward. The compact size makes the Eye Putt Pro great for a quick position check before a round, but the need to find a flat spot adds some time into the equation.
Leveling the putter to set hand position is well illustrated in the instruction guide. The five step putting routing, emphasizing setup fundamentals in an effort to build muscle memory, is a good starting point for new golfers. The three minute instructional video on the Eye Putt Pro website is worth watching by any new user.
I like the concept of having the mirror attached to the putter because I can move freely around the green vs utilizing a larger ground-based mirror and being one spot. However, the sensitivity of the bubble to slope is a fundamental flaw to outdoor effectiveness. The Eye Putt Pro is best suited to indoor use on a level floor with or without a putting mat.
The compact size and material quality of the Eye Putt Pro offer every indication of long life. I suspect I’ll lose the instruction guide in no time, but the mirror can easily be stored in my golf bag or office drawer. Some fresh two-sided tape could be applied if the adhesive loses its effectiveness.
At $19.95, the Eye Putt Pro is inexpensive enough to try without too much thought. It’s a good value for a new golfer who wants to develop solid fundamentals. For experienced golfers looking for more than eye position, spending more money for a quality mirror that lays on the ground may be more advantageous (we recommend the PuttOut Putting Mirror HERE).
For indoor training, the Eye Putt Pro is simple and effective for checking eye and hand positions. Outdoors, users need to be aware of ground slope. The manual offers good illustrations of the fundamentals of putting posture for a classic pendulum stroke setup.