Another day, another hot trend in putting practice. Behold "the putting gate" a simple device similar to a croquet wicket, which was no doubt the inspiration for this rapidly growing practice tool. The putting gate theory is not something new and has been a favorite drill of ours for quite a while. See our post on practice drills here. We are, however blown away by what companies are charging ($40-$130) for their rehashed, I mean revolutionary product.
At Golf Gear Box we are big believers that not every training aid needs to cost an arm and a leg just to practice one drill. So we came up with a cheap DIY version you can make at home.
- 6" Landscape spikes available at any home improvement store for pennies
- Small canned good
- Colored Flexible Straws (Optional)
- Spray Paint (Optional)
Take the landscape spike and bend it almost flat
Next bend the spike around the can to get a semi-circular shape
And your done. You now have a set of putting gates that will fit in your golf bag you can take to the practice green.
But if you want to add some color to make them easier to see you can get creative. We took a plastic drinking straw and threaded it through the spike leaving enough room for it to go in the ground.
For this gate we used some leftover white spray paint we had laying around to make them more visible.
There's really no end to what you can do to dress them up, colored shrink wrap, stickers, wrap them in colored thread, etc. Give it a try and let us know what you think of our tutorial in the COMMENTS section below.