Need To Know
Capto Gen 2 Putting Sensor Key Features:
- Nine measurement sensors and five calibration sensors: provide highly accurate feedback on over 30 key putting parameters
- Battery with an extra-long life (180 mins), plus a fast charge mechanism
- Data can be shared with specialist coaches through the Capto cloud database
Based out of Italy, Capto is a brand you may not be familiar with, but it's making huge moves in the putting analysis market, offering two sensors that allow both elite-level coaches and casual golfers to better understand their putting stroke and how to improve it.
Keen to find out more about Capto, we headed down to Royal Mid-Surrey in Richmond to have a putting lesson with the Capto Gen 2 putting sensor that is aimed primarily at putting coaches.
After a quick brief in the clubhouse, we were out on the green with Jordan Baker, a PGA elite putting coach and longtime user Capto. Jordan quickly attached the sensor to my putter, and within seconds, we were ready to go.
How Does Capto Work?
The device itself features 14 sensors that work in tandem with the Capto app to provide over 30 different performance-based metrics, ranging from attack angle to tempo.
Based on these metrics, the app uses a cleverly colour-coded feedback display to highlight which parts of your stroke are performing well, and which ones need some work.
In all honesty, when I first looked at the feedback, I had no idea what I was looking at, and that's exactly where Jordan came in. Thanks to his years of experience using the device, he was quickly and easily able to point out exactly where my stroke needed improving and what we needed to do in order to fix the issues.
The three main areas of concern that Capto tracked and Jordan highlighted were attack angle, tempo and handling trembling.
From there, we were able to pinpoint the exact areas of my stroke and setup that needed changing in order to get a better roll on the ball.
Jordan showed me some quick drills I needed to practice, and with the help of some additional mats and tees, we were able to instantly make big changes to my stroke that helped me hole more putts.
Using the instant feedback from the Capto app, I was able to see, in real-time, how my setup was changing, which proved to be incredibly helpful in ensuring I was setting up to the ball in order to optimise my stroke.
Thanks to the speed at which the data is available on the Capto app, Jordan was able to track my progress instantly and give me points of reference on his iPad, which made visualising the changes that much easier.
Did Capto improve my putting?
The short answer is a resounding yes. Having had very few putting lessons in my life, I knew there might be some areas in my technique that needed ironing out, and thanks to Capto and Jordan, I was able to see an instant improvement in my technique while also gauging a far deeper understanding of what I needed to do in order to continue to progress.
Most of the putts I hit throughout the lesson were from just under 10 feet, and before we tweaked by stroke, I holed 7/10, which, in fairness, I would take every day out on the course.
After about 45 minutes of using the Capto device and Jordan's coaching, I managed to get that figure to 9/10, which was a remarkable improvement in such a short period of time.
Now, holing 10-foot putts on a practice green is one thing; being able to convert that onto the course is another story entirely.
Thankfully, I was able to head out for a round at Royal Mid-Surrey after my lesson, and I can honestly say that from within 10 feet, I holed almost everything.
Thanks to the visual aids and mental routines Jordan had provided me with based on Capto data, I found my focus on the greens was much improved, and my confidence stepping up to putts was far greater, knowing what I needed to do in order to put a better roll on the ball.
Should you buy the Capto Gen 2 Sensor?
If you are a putting coach who wants to take your lessons to the next level, then Capto could be precisely what you need.
The level of data on offer, combined with the sensor's ability to capture fine details that the human eye can't see, make it an incredibly useful tool for analysing and improving anyone's putting stroke.
If you are a casual golfer, the Gen 2 sensor is probably not best suited for you due to its high price point. However, Capto also offers an EZ sensor at a reduced cost, which is designed specifically for personal use.
All in all, the Capto system is an excellent tool that, when combined with an experienced putting coach, can instantly improve anyone's putting stroke.