Remove your BOOMERANG PUTTING TRAINER from it’s box.
Clip on the flexible leg support.
TEST YOUR SURFACE:
Release a ball target, and let it roll around the edge.
If it comes to rest in the centre, at 6 o’clock, you know your surface is level.
Knowing your surface is level before you start putting is crucial!
Catch a golf ball in the BOOMERANG’S target.
Use a second ball to release it. If you’re playing Matchplay, do it in fewer putts than your opponent and WIN!
Testing your skill? See how many you can get in a row!
PREPARE YOUR MAT – Remove the packaging and unroll it. Remove the core then, starting with the more tightly rolled end, roll it just as tightly on the opposite side, around the same core. The effect will be to break the carpet’s memory, allowing it to lie flat enough to putt on within a few minutes. The more you repeat the process, the better the result will be.
For the best possible putting experience please roll your mats on alternate sides each time you pack them up. A mat left unrolled will remain flat and ready for use at all times.
WHICH SPEED FIRST? Take my advice and start on the slow side. On a slow surface your stroke needs to be longer, and that makes it easier to spot any errors or inefficiencies you might have. Working on the slow side, it’s easier to see cause and effect at work, and easier to learn the Boomerang Technique too.
When you’ve learned BoomTech, or got a solid stroke, flip your mat over and test yourself on the fast side. Until then, if you’re serious about wanting to find and fix any shape or faults you may have in your stroke, take it from someone who’s rolled millions of putts – you’ll learn much faster, and go much further, if you begin on the slow side.
CHOOSING A LEVEL
Remove your Putting Pro from its packaging. Turn it upside down and position the bracing wire between the guides that represent ‘Level 4.’
Why start on L4, not L1? Because L4 represents a longer putt than L1, and a longer putt requires a longer stroke. Working with a longer stroke makes it easier to spot any errors or faults you might have.
The raised ‘guides’ were designed to locate the Putting Pro’s legs at the correct angle relative to the ramp. The guides were not designed to hold the bracing wire in place by themselves. Please use a small piece of adhesive tape, placed between them, to hold the wire brace securely.
SETTING YOUR TARGET
With your Putting Pro still upside down, completely remove the target, by screwing it anti-clockwise. Your Putting Pro arrives with the target cup side up. After removing the target, please reinsert it, cup side down.
Your Putting Pro’s target is a threaded disc. Cup side up it can be wound quite deep, making a generous target for chipping and bumping. Holding up to six balls at once, it’s ideal for absolute beginners.
For small kids (mine were three when they started), you can remove the target completely and just practice rolling the ball up to an elevated hole (fig 5). Seeing the ball vanish delivers a real a sense of achievement which they’ll enjoy.
For anyone wanting the fastest way to improve their line and distance control, I recommend you begin with the Putting Pro’s patented catch and release challenge (C&R).
To setup for C&R, first wind the target in so the target’s face is level with the ramp’s felt surface.
Next, you’ll need to create a lip, just deep enough to catch a ball rolled with a precise amount of force. For L4, for example, you will need to wind your target down two full turns, then continue until the 2 o’clock mark on the disc reaches the 6 o’clock triangular mark on the ramp. Even though your lip is only about half an inch deep, don’t panic, it might take a while, but you can learn to do it!
It’s easy to work out target depths yourself. With your Putting Pro sitting on your mat, all you need to do is release a ball from about two inches into the target. If the ball jumps the lip and rolls down the ramp, then the target isn’t deep enough. If it just catches on the lip though, it’s perfect!
With two inches as your guide, you should know that three inches will make it easier to catch the ball in the target, but harder to release it. One inch, on the other hand, will make it nearly impossible to catch, but very easy to release.
Have fun working out a target depth that suits you!
WHERE TO STAND
The main feature of the Putting Pro is its ability to build confidence. So if, for any reason, you miss the device itself – move closer. It’s simple, stand as close as necessary for all putts, even bad ones, to come back.
As you learn the corner stones of straight putting you’ll find you’re able to move further and further away from the target. And guess what that will mean for your putting on the course?
Ultimately, your goal is to stand where your ball comes to rest. That will make it easy for you to calculate the equivalent ‘flat’ distance of your inclined putt.
In a nutshell, if you stand where your ball comes to rest, then the equivalent ‘flat’ putt is the distance the ball travels on your surface only (excluding the distance it travels on the Putting Pro).
For example, if you release a ball from the target and it rolls 10ft along your mat, and you putt from that spot, then the equivalent ‘flat’ putt would be 20ft.
If you putt from a position short of where your ball comes to rest, then you will reduce the length of your putt by the same distance.
For example, if you release a ball from the target and it rolls 10ft along the mat, but you choose to stand 3ft from where the ramp joins the mat, then the equivalent ‘flat’ putt would be 13ft (10ft + 3ft).
For more information on comparing Boomerang putts to flat putts, see the table on the FAQ page below.
1. Prepare your slow mat before your Putting Pro
2. Begin on Level 4
3. Set your target to match Level 4
4. Use a marble to test your setup, compensate for any break
5. Test the full length of your mat, compensate for any break,
6. Stand close enough to your Putting Pro so you never miss
7. Hit loads of putts, enjoy the challenge!
8. Contact me if you get stuck with your Putting Pro, or stroke