Need To Know
Golf gadgets quite literally come in all shapes and sizes but they all pretty much promise the same thing - buy them and some area of our golf will improve.
When Christmas or birthdays come, in particular, it's a fair chance we'll get one or two presents which are destined to make their final home in a dark corner of our lockers before finally dripping into a rubbish bin.
When I first clapped eyes on this latest offering, which bears the name of none other than our calf-strained, would-be major winner Lee Westwood, I was not overly impressed. Surely he can't need the money so bad that he'll put his name to a short piece of green felt with white lines on and two pieces of flimsy PVC plastic which have been stuck together and called a Lee Westwood Puttmaster Tour Pro.
Basically, by having the two pieces of platic as a top and bottom rail with the felt in between, it claims it will teach you to have a straight-back-and-through pendulum putting stroke. So, I gave it a try and, in fairness, it can offer some help.
On my first couple of putting strokes my takeaway was perfect but the follow-through touched the nearside rail and knocked the device offline. So, I was obviously in danger of pulling putts to the left. A few strokes later, with or without the ball in place, and I was following the white line down the felt quite happily, so I hope I will hole some more putts.
It's difficult to see this being a big seller. At £19.99 in the shops and £14.99 direct from a Lee Westwood-backed website it's rather too expensive as a casual Christmas or birthday present and unlikely that most golfers will buy it for themselves.