what is it? In
a word, it's a trick! The BT Trainer looks so easy, but it's
not. It looks quite tolerant, but it's not. It looks like a
toy, but it's not. It's a trick!
BT Trainer is hard to master. It takes precision and allows
little margin for inaccuracy. This little gadget will do so
much more for your putting, than you'll expect from a device
setup is easy. You clip the stand to the board and you're good
to go. Put it on your living room carpet, over an old putting
mat or get one of the 3 specially designed mats, with a stimp
best fitting your normal course conditions. You can putt on
a hardwood floor if you like, but I do suggest a carpet or a
it! Start hitting those putts, and the first benefit shows up,
right away: When you miss, the ball comes right back to you,
and you're good to go again. That means you can do a lot of
repetitions in a very short time, meaning you can get valuable
practice in, even if you only have 5-10 minutes on hand.
drill itself is easy to grasp. You hit a ball into the hole-sized
depression at the top, and then you hit another ball up, to
knock the first one back down. But here's where it gets tricky.
In order for the depression (henceforth: 'hole') to catch the
ball, the speed has to be just right. The margin allowed is
appx half the width of a hole, from the front lip, to the middle
of the hole. If your putt is longer than that, it can be dead
center, perfect line, the hole won't catch. Also, if your putt
isn't dead center, the ball will roll on the lip, and margins
will be even smaller, often returning the ball to you.
I haven't done the math on this, but from feel, I would say,
that the margin for catching the ball, roughly translates to
a foot past the hole on a flat surface, at the most.
Imagine if you could get your speed right to inside a foot past
the hole on every lag putt you hit. Just imagine.
so now you have a ball caught in the hole. Now you have to release
it. This takes a slightly different, firmer putt - not much,
just slightly - you know, like that confident stroke you use
to take a bit of break out on short putts. Firmer, but only
And here's the other tricky part: If the second putt is not
dead center, it will not transfer it's energy to the first ball
correctly, and the ball won't release. You need to miss inside
1/4 of the width of the ball, perhaps even less, to get a proper
So, while your trying to get the speed right, you actually learn
to hit dead straight putts too.
Imagine if you could hit every 6-footer inside 1/4 of a balls
width off your intended line. Not to mention every 15-footer.
it work? Absolutely. I took this opportunity to break in a new
putter, that I bought in the fall, but didn't feel too comfortable
with, so I quickly went back to my old putter. A couple of thousand
putts has definitely helped already. My tempo has improved,
my consistency has improved (my record for catch/release sequences
is 4 at the moment - plenty of room for further improvement)
and my precision has improved, especially on the firm putts,
where I had a tendency to 'pull' and miss left. I'm without
a doubt rolling the ball a lot better and with more control
of distance, and I'm also rolling them straight on the intended
matter how steep a slope you're putting across, from a mechanical
point of view, every putt is straight. If you can start the
ball on your intended line, and roll it with a speed appx 1'
past the hole, you have the best possible foundation for making
I feel the BT Trainer is a brilliant way to build this foundation.
Lars Olufson - Via