How Flight Deck Came To Be
I was inspired to develop the original Flight Deck Putting trainer in 2018 after watching a documentary on vintage naval aircraft carriers. The fighter jets landed onto the deck at different angles and not always lined up perfectly. However, once the tail hook caught the arrestor cable I noticed they all ended up square and on line. This simple dynamic distributes the force equally to bring the jet into this square position.
I was curious how this dynamic may work with a putter and tested a putter striking an elastic band with offline open and closed face positions and found that the band helped square the face angle and evenly distribute the force like the jet landing.
I added Impact blocks just after impact to ensure a perfectly square face angle position for optimum training benefits. The Flight Deck was born with these dynamics in mind using an elastic band and blocks for putting impact training. The training provides positive biofeedback with each stroke to help develop a consistently solid and square impact position.
The putting stroke in the impact zone has been described by some experts as like a jet coming into land versus taking off. Over acceleration through and post impact leads to poor control of distance and accuracy.
Why we need to Train Impact!
In golf, whether it is a full shot or a putt, everything about its flight (excluding outside forces like wind) is decided at IMPACT. It is the most important position in determining direction of a golf shot or putt. To start your ball on the line of putt, the face angle at IMPACT is crucial.
Contrary to belief, a poor putter path of a stroke (outside to inside or inside to outside) causing a bit of sidespin will have little to no affect on direction and does not cause putts to continue to curve offline. The green surface takes away any sidespin on the ball due to friction. In other words, the ball starts rolling end over end on its own rather quickly so the path of the putter is very slight compared to the face angle at impact!
Scientific testing done by Quintic Roll systems have determined that up to 92% of direction is controlled by face angle at impact.
Why Direction is so Important!
The greatest putters in the world are making a very high percentage of putts from 8 feet and closer. At roughly a distance of 8 feet, PGA Tour Professionals hole 50% of their putts. These “makeable” range putts require the putter face angle at impact to be square to the line of putt. While distance control is extremely important for the ability to lag putts close and ensure a two-putt, directional control becomes paramount for the one-putt! If you want to make more putts you must control your aim and direction in that “one-putt” range. This is exactly what the Flight Deck trainer is for!