I wanted to make sure that I wrote a follow up on this because when I researched the Puttist, it seemed that there was not too much out there as far as what people thought after using it for a while. This is probably because not that many people have it considering the price of it........So I've had the Puttist for 3 weeks now and I have been using it just about every day. For those that do not know what this is, the website for the Puttist is: http://www.puttist-usa.com/.
The Puttist is a practice aid and it's unlike anything I have seen before. It's a putting aid that has a box type thing that you putt into and it has about a 6 foot green carpet that you putt on and you putt into the side of the box. The box has all kinds of things inside it that tell you how far your putt would have gone (since you are only putting 5 feet into the box where the ball then stops) and how accurate it would have been (left, straight, right).
I think as soon as people see the price they just go ahead and turn away. Yes it's pricey, but it can be obtained for less than the advertised price on the website. I paid $150 for it. At first when I started using it it was very hard and frustrating. There are different levels of green speed that you can choose which helps because you can practice based on something close to the green speed that you play on.
It has helped with my longer putts. The reason is that over time and repitition you can tell how far back you need to take the putter to hit about what distance. The Puttist also has games that you can play and challenge yourself so that you are not just randomly hitting into it as that gets boring. The several game options are random distances, 7 up, 7 down. After getting used to it because at first it was a bit awkward just putting into the side of a box and only putting 5 feet when you are trying to hit a straight putt 30 feet, it's something that I am glad I bought. I have noticed a big difference with my longer putts. The greens at my country club are very fast (stimping at 11 last weekend) and the fast setting on the Puttist seems close to that.
When I am in a round I pace off the rough distance (especially if it's a long putt) and I've found myself recently knowing better how hard I have to hit it. I guess that's the whole point behind the puttist. For me it is nice because there is nothing that I hate more than getting a GIR and then three putting just because I am very far away from the hole. Because my country club has large and fast greens, that was something that would happen once or twice a round (a three putt) but over the last two weekends at my club I had no three putts! (I had one at the local muni last week though but the greens were much slower and I was not used to that).
Someone wrote a great review. The review is pretty much dead on. I agree with many of the things that were wrote as I know first hand. While it may be pricey I have found the Puttist to be a really neat tool and it's also something that I can use year round. I am sure that I will be using it even more when winter comes and while the price is high, I am glad I bought it.