Explanar BV, the manufacturer of the world-renowned Explanar Swing Trainer used by leading Tour coaches Butch Harmon and Pete Cowen, has released a new indoor putting mat.
Designed by Master PGA Professional Luther Blacklock, the mat is crafted from premium materials and features a durable velour putting surface that creates a realistic putting experience that runs at 10.5 on the Stimpmeter.
With a thick rubber base, it is designed to lie flat, even on slightly uneven surfaces. Eye-catching colourful graphics not only make putting practice fun, but the high-contrast sightlines make it easy to accurately aim the putter face, while a selection of distance segments enable different lengths of putt to be practised, from 2ft to 10ft.
Available in 3m or 4m lengths, the mat features various visual alignment aids to improve stroke consistency and directional control and pace, with a shallow cut-out ¾-inch hole at one end which only rewards the perfectly struck putt. Ideal for personal use, or with guidance from a qualified coach, the mat can improve putter head alignment, eradicate pushed and pulled putts, improve tempo and encourage a smooth roll for better distance and speed control.
Cowen, who teaches at all levels of the game, from beginners to multiple Major winners, recommends it to his Tour players for effective practice. He said: “The clear, simple markings on the Explanar Putting Mat make it a fantastic training aid for all players. I even love to chip on it and use it most days when I’m back home at my Academy in Rotherham. Its eye-catching colours also make it great fun for kids. We use it with all our young Academy juniors.”
Dr Hurrian, who runs the Quintic Consultancy, and added: “The indoor surface of the Explanar putting mat gives excellent, consistent and repeatable ball roll. The clear and distinct graphics help improve visualisation and focus your aim.”
The Explanar Putting Mat has an RRP of £125/£145 (3m/4m), plus £19.95 p&p. For more details, visit www.explanar.com.