After years of suffering from the yips, Clay Judice designed the Shaftlign putter, in hopes of relieving his pain. As an engineer, he knew the structure of dimensions and physical parameters. But as a golfer, he painfully remembered his younger days, artistically stroking putts fearlessly into the hole. In a flash of inspiration, Clay brought engineering, art and psyche together to give birth to the Shaftlign system.
The unique visual allowed him to easily line up, and at the same time, perfectly square the putter face. But this new putter proved to be more than just a great alignment tool. The combination of the white shaft and bar proved to be a great peripheral aid in not only seeing, but also analyzing the stroke. It became a stroking tool as well. Indeed, many teaching pros advocate “putting with the shaft” as a stroke thought.
With practice came a confident feeling that everything was properly aligned, which led to a more relaxed stroke, in which ball speed became the prime focus. And that led to better and better results.
And for Clay, putting became fun again. And that just had to be shared.
Clay designed for production and the first samples were assembled. After several months, he introduced the prototypes. Within a short time, four former Louisiana State Amateur champions were using the Shaftlign putter. Other amateurs were bragging that they no longer 3-putted. The early results were in, and with that vote of confidence, he went into production. The Shaftlign putter was soon to be on the market.
The next several designs of the Shaftlign putter are now being produced in samples and production is expected to begin soon.
Clay has had other products in the past. He patented the “Off-Set” putter in the 70’s. In the 80’s, he patented the Strokee putting aid, endorsed by Raymond Floyd. In 2012 he created the BellyPutt, a device that quickly converted any putter into a belly putter, but then came the anchored ban, and that product quickly became obsolete. His creations were not all golf related, however. One of his popular designs was a twisty puzzle called the Buzzle Ball.
Overall the Shaftlign more than exceeded any expectations, the perpendicular (or vertical) line method is something that every golfer should try out, it makes too much sense. -Jason Bruno, LinksNation.com