Disclosure: When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  Learn more>

PuttLink Review

PuttLink Review: The SMART Training Aid for Better Putting

Do you want to make more putts and stop three putting? If so, you need to practice with purpose!

A new app and training aid I discovered at the 2024 PGA Show can do just that. It’s called the PuttLink Smart Ball and will change the way you practice on the greens. 

In This PuttLink review, I’ll help you understand how this putting aid works, how the app can help you understand different putting metrics, and the best ways to use it for fewer three putts.

Let’s face it, putting should be easier. The stroke doesn’t happen at 100 mph like it does with the full swing and the mechanics are much simpler than the complex motions of the golf swing.

Yet, most everyday golfers struggle on the greens. 

The average player has 35 or more putts per round, with a lot of costly three putts. Even scratch golfers average more than one three putt per round, according to a study done with Arccos Golf. 

Practicing can help, but it’s about practicing with purpose more than anything else. And this training aid can help you do just that and learn more about your game than any other tool I’ve seen. 

Key Takeaways 

  • The PuttLink Smart Ball is a training golf ball that connects wirelessly to an app on your phone (available on the App Store and Google Play). It was awarded the “Best New Product” at the 2023 PGA Show. 
  • The device provides detailed metrics about your putting performance. Some of the data includes roll distance, entry pace, velocity, make or miss, and more.
  • This device helps make practice fun and easy to spot your tendencies and where you need to improve. 
  • It comes with a one-year warranty and you can purchase a second year for an additional $25. 

Keep reading to learn more about this putting aid is changing the game for all types of golfers.

PuttLink Review

Let’s start with the basics – what is this product exactly? 

PuttLink is a golf ball that wirelessly connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth. Similar to how balls at TopGolf track your distance, this device works to understand your putting performance. It works for devices on the App Store and Google Play too. 

Once synced with your phone, it tracks all sorts of metrics for putts inside 30 feet (it doesn’t register for longer putts). As mentioned on their website, “True roll distance, make percentage, cup entry speed, feet of putts made, even stimp reading, are tracked for every putt.”

As you start to practice more with the ball, it will begin to track your stats. Including make percentage, distance control, and putting speed which are vital to improving your strokes gained putting.

What I love about it is that you can get objective data about your game and specific distances. Too many golfers think they’re good or bad in certain areas, when the stats oftentimes paint a very different picture. Having clear-cut data makes it easy to understand which areas you’re excelling at and which ones need improvement. 

Overall, the app is very easy to use and provides clear data about your game. 

Entry Speed

One thing that doesn’t get talked about enough with putting is the speed of the ball when it enters the hole. A lot of golfers want to hit putts past the hole to say they gave it a chance (not to mention want to avoid their friends calling them “Sally” for leaving it short).

In theory, it makes sense… never up, never in as they say. Because a putt that is left short has zero chance of going in.

However, the harder you hit a putt, the more you shrink the hole. A putt that comes in at a dying pace essentially makes the cup bigger and lip outs less likely. 

Needless to say, entry speed is very important. 

This app can help understand if you’re making the hole smaller or bigger based on your true roll distance. Here’s how they described it on their website. 

“PuttLink calculates the true roll distance a putt travels. This means even on breaking putts, an accurate distance is provided.  

Cup entry speed allows you to practice making putts at a firm or dying pace. Calculated green speed (stimp) values let you know how fast the greens are rolling.” 

This is a huge benefit that I’ve never seen from any other training aid. When you have better speed you’ll make the hole bigger, have more putts drop, and likely see a huge improvement in your putting performance. 

Drills Mode 

Getting into the habit of regularly putting drills is key to improving your performance over time. This app has a drills mode to help understand how you perform with different length putts. 

As mentioned on their website, “In Drills Mode, start with accuracy and distance control for different length putts. Then move on to making putts at firm or soft pace. As you progress, take on the Slope Drill to train for various green slopes.” 

This can help you understand what distances you should practice more often to avoid costly three jacks on the greens. 

PuttLink Review

Competition Mode

One of the best ways to improve putting practice is to have a friend or several, join you on the greens. A little competition always makes you hone in a bit more and focus – especially if you’re wagering something, too. 

The PuttLink app has a competition mode that allows you to compete with other players with ease. You can practice different modes like who can make the most amount of putts in five attempts and various other challenges. 

Indoor Kit is Now Available 

If you’re like most golfers, chances are you don’t get out to the golf course as often as you’d like. Luckily, an indoor putting green can make your life a lot easier and allow you to practice without leaving home.

For indoor and low light conditions, they offer an IR emitter. Place it directly behind the ball and allow the device to work properly. This is sold separately and not part of the main package. 

FAQs 

Do you have more questions about Putt Link and other putting aids? If so, keep reading through the most frequently asked questions and answers now.

No, it’s only available on their website at this time. 

Does this work with Android devices?

Yes, the PuttLink app is available on both the App Store and Google Play. 

How long does the battery last?

The battery in the golf ball is not rechargeable. However, they estimate that it can last for up to two years, which is a ton of putting practice.

When the ball is not in use it will go into hibernation mode after two minutes which should help the battery life. Press the power button to wake up the battery and start rolling putts. 

Is there a warranty?

Yes, this device does come with a one-year free warranty. Additionally, for a fee of $25 you can add a second year of coverage as well. 

PuttLink Review

My Experience 

As an avid golfer, I’m always looking for useful practice aids to hit my goals for the season. I sometimes get bored with putting practice (like most golfers) and feel like this would help me stay a lot more focused.

Currently, I use the putting practice tools inside the Decade Golf app and The Stack System. These help simulate different length putts and then you enter if you made it or the distance missed, which calculates strokes gained putting. It’s a little more of a manual process, but overall helps me stay more focused in practice.

Additionally, I’m a big fan of using the Pro Path Putting Mirror as well. This helps get my eyes and shoulders aligned perfectly, so my setup isn’t the reason I’m missing putts. If I want to make practice even more challenging, I’ll use the PuttOut Devil Ball as well. 

Final Thoughts 

There’s no doubt that this putting training aid can help you putt like a pro. It’s a little more of an investment than most putting aids, but it also has a lot more technology behind it too. 

You can learn more or order one at their website.

For anything inside 30 feet, this device and app can help with speed and make it easy to learn where you need to improve.

Want even more help with your putting?

Make sure to check out these popular blog posts:

Picture of Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard

Michael is an avid golfer of 25 years who played in high school, college, and now competes in Arizona amateur events. He is a full-time writer, podcast host of Wicked Smart Golf, and mental golf coach.