I had the chance to visit the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fl. last week as a correspondent for the Back9Network. While there, I ran into fellow Illinoisan Todd Hickman from Hickman Development and his outstanding putt training aid, the Putter Cross.
While simple in concept, the Putter Cross is an ingeniously convenient training device that attaches directly to your putter grip. The long surface of the device is meant to match the angle of your putter's face. While attached to your putter, simply place two fingers on the surface of the Putter Cross while holding the club as you normally would.
According to Hickman, "Practicing with the Putter Cross can result in a major improvement in square contact of the ball during the putting stroke. Making square contact with the ball during the putting stroke will allow you to hit more putts on line."
After rolling a few putts with the Putter Cross attachment, I definitely noticed the benefit of "feeling" the putter face angle with my fingers during the stroke. When I felt more pressure on one side of the Putter Cross than the other, my putt went off-line as the face angle was obviously unaligned as well. After a few more putts I was able to adjust my stroke and began sinking putts in a matter of minutes.
The Putter Cross can be purchased online at the company's website for $19.99.