A few months ago I decided to grab a new training aid. As I have said many times before my putting is terrible so I decided I needed a putting aid. I was walking around PGA Superstore when I saw this gem.
The SKLZ Perfect Plane is a putting aid that teaches you the correct stroke path, proper acceleration, and how to square the club face. It has 8 tee holes drilled where you put tees so that you practice going from tee to tee. This helps ingrain the correct back swing and follow through. It gives you a tactile feed back when you hit the tees. It also is a hard plastic so when you putter is on it you can hear it as well.
When I pulled this out of the box it wasnt hard to figure out. There were no pieces to put together. There was only the training aid and some tees. The first thing I noticed was the size. It was by no means tiny. It was long and wide. Were talking probably 18 inches long and a good 8 or 9 inches wide. I wish it were a bit smaller. If it cant be smaller for training purposes maybe make it collapsible. There was no way I was putting this in my bag and taking it with me to practice. This leads to my next point. Its pretty heavy. Im not saying it weighs 15 pounds or anything but between the size and weight it wasnt something I could bring to the practice green as an afterthought. I would have had to actively think about it to bring it with me. I wish it would have been smaller or collapsible.
With all of that said I can see how this may help some people. If I felt my stroke was off just a little I could grab it and put my putter on it. If I could hear the scraping noise I knew the putter was on plane. I cant say it transformed my putting though. I tried using it but didnt feel different. Putts wernt rolling better. Using it also just proved to be a pain in the ass. Making sure the ball was the right distance from the board and in the middle was too much. If I used the board it was usually with out a ball. I took it to the putting green after a couple of range sessions. This showed the problems with this product again. I had to take my bag back to the car, grab my putter, grab the board, walk back to the green, set it up and then finally practice. Again if I could fold this up and put it in my bag it would be 100X better. The portability problem led me to hardly use it. I tried using it on my putting carpet but when you used it with the tees it would move. If it had some way for me to attach it to my putting carpet it would have worked. Maybe some velcro?
All in all its a quality build. The plastic is thick and heavy. It feels very durable. The problem with that is it makes it very big and heavy. The lack of portability makes it a pain to use on a putting green. The fact you cant bolt it down when its not on a grass surface makes it hard to use indoors as well. It wasnt the product for me but that doesnt mean it was bad. If you are not concerned with the portability or are more willing to use it, it is a solid putting plane.
I wont sit here and lie to you I grew up a MASSIVE Dallas Cowboys Fan. After a year of working with the Texans I can say I have changed my ways for the most part. With that being said I will say I was pretty excited to test myself at the course that Jerry built.
Dallas Cowboys Golf club is known as one of the best public courses in not only the DFW area but throughout the state. It opened in 2001 in Grapevine and plays a tad over 7000 yards from the tips. The course itself is a beautiful track with grass that was great even in the winter. The greens rolled true as well. The views at some points were really nice as well. In a lot of areas in the state it can be tough to get a ton of elevation changes and the signature 4th hole is a perfect example of the elevation it shows off as well as some of the views. The driving range was pretty standard fare. Nothing overly exciting. The best part was the beautiful grass to hit off of at the range!
Try to zoom in and see the star!
While playing the course I thought it was tough but fair. Unfortunately we played during the winter time and so the trees were not as much of a punishment as I thing they usually are. At no point during the round did I think I hit a good shot and got punished for it nor did I think that a bad shot I hit was unfairly punished. Only a few times did I stick one on the green and get left with an unfair putt due to not knowing how the greens broke at all(looking at you hole 3). I enjoyed the course overall. Nothing too difficult but not a driver followed by a sand wedge on every hole.
I may be alone on this one but a big thing for me at a golf course is the carts. I play a lot of “cheap” golf so most of the time the carts I play with are very basic. One thing I despise is gas powered carts. They never engage right and overall suck. At Cowboys this was not a concern nor should it be for the price of admission. We had an electric cart with a GPS unit in it. It would give you yardages to the front,back,and pin. Also after every hole it had a digital score card and gave a flyover breakdown of the next hole. Also all of the carts are named after famous Dallas Cowboys. We rode in the cart of one of my favorite players ever Mr. Larry Allen.
Besides the actual course one of the big reason you play Cowboys is because of the service. We arrived a little early for bag drop (Why my dad chooses 830 to play I never understand). We left our bags by the bag drop and they at least took them down towards the carts for us. When people see the price tag people understandably freak out but one thing that people don’t include is the fact that everything except alcohol gratuity and cigars is covered while you are there. Dad and I had breakfast at the course. I had pancakes and bacon and he had a big breakfast burrito. All included with the tee time. we each had some water and sodas on the course. Cowboys is nontraditional in the fact you don’t stop after hole 9. They have a grill with sodas,hot dogs,chips,and snacks after 7 and 12. Anything there except for the booze and cigars is included with your round. The group in front of us had breakfast, 2 hot dogs,and lunch and it was all included. Ill be honest though while the stuff inside the club house was really cool I wasn’t overly impressed by the clubhouse. It had replica Super Bowl Trophies which was cool and some other memorabilia but like I said nothing crazy. The lockers in the locker room were named after Ring of Honor members. Nice touches but nothing too crazy or super impressive.
Finally, I played this course as a gift from my mom to my dad and I as a Christmas gift. I know how much she paid because I found it. It was 100 bucks on idealgolfer.com. I will say that 100 dollars for this course is about right. Where I think it can get crazy is when it starts to creep around 200 bucks. That would not necessarily be worth it. If someone said I could play the course for 100 bucks without the F&B it would be great. 125 with F&B would be great. 200 wouldn’t be.
I would rate the entire experience a solid 9/10. The only reason I dock a point is because of the average cost of a non special tee time. Don’t pay 200 for this course but anything around 125 is perfect!