Gearhead: Ingenious golf ‘tutors’ let you up your game indoors
Don’t get the rainy day blues when your golf game gets rained out. Instead, spend the time indoors perfecting your game — and when the sun finally appears, your game will be better than ever. Here are two products to consider:
The SKLZ Accelerator Pro is a 9-foot-long and 16.25-inch-wide putting green that rolls up to be easily transportable, allowing you to practice your golf stroke anywhere you go.
Alignment guides at three distances (3, 5 and 7 feet) help improve control and consistency in all aspects of your putting motion, and continuous ball return — no more walking to the hole to pick up the ball — allows training without interruption. The green has an upslope at the cup that lets you practice accelerating through the ball, and a stimp reading that’s similar to an actual green. $49.99. www.sklz.com
The Pelz Putting Tutor was developed by golf writer and PGA professional teacher Dave Pelz, who holds numerous patents in golf products.
The Tutor helps golfers of all levels with green-reading skills, ball alignment, eye position and keeping a consistently square putter face.
The Tutor’s front holds two marbles arranged in a sort of gateway; if your putt dislodges a marble, that means your ball was hit off-line. $49.99. pelzgolf.com.
SKLZ products are carried by Big 5 Sporting Goods (Petaluma and Rohnert Park) and The Golf Mart (Santa Rosa); Pelz products are available on that company’s website, pelzgolf.com.