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I will say this. I have played 1 round with it. Played like absolute garbage but my putting was on point. Reading the putt is just as important as it ever was and the Trident does not help with that.

Cash was burning a hole in my pocket.

I think that looks pretty cool.

I'm not sure it's permitted in the rules of golf though?

 

On the site they say "Discover how to get the most out of your Trident Ball Marker. When practicing or during match play."

But I'm not sure why it'd be ok in Match Play but not in Medal Play...... maybe someone who knows will chime in.

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Interesting concept. Will keep an eye on this thread.

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All for progress but not sure how this is any better than simply marking a ball, yet I will keep an open mind and wait for those using the extra piece to give us the skinny. What I hope this thing does not do is cause one to take as much time putting as did the person in the video, even apart from repeatedly moving the angle of the putter to make a point, no pun intended. If yes, just let me know so I can pack a couple Ensures to get me through a six-hour round.

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I just bought one. Anyone know why they included the small 25mm marker that attaches magnetically to the larger alignment marker? Maybe to use if your ball is close to someone else’s line?

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I bought one as well. I do believe that the intention of the smaller marker Is to use that if you’re on or near someone’s line because the main device is quite chunky and could be a distraction if near a playing competitors line. I’ve only used it once (due to the golf just opening up in western Pa). But think it could be a useful tool and look forward to getting more rounds in with it.

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I will say this. I have played 1 round with it. Played like absolute garbage but my putting was on point. Reading the putt is just as important as it ever was and the Trident does not help with that. But if you can read the break, the Trident will absolutely help you align everything better and get your ball on that line perfectly. Was way better within 10 feet then I had been in ages. I've spent $35 on way worse crap then this. Would probably not hesitate to pay double that amount.

 

And that video is god awful at explaining how to use the product. I had everything aligned and was ready to putt just as quickly as every other round I played

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I've found myself making 20+ footers more often than I used to and have been even better inside 20 feet. The only way it feels like I'll miss is if I get the speed wrong. I had my first under par 9 holes in years during my 3rd round after switching to it.

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They have just launched a metal version of this marker. Looks a lot more sturdy. With the old plastic one I found crap would get in the channel and make the slider jumpy and not smooth. Hopefully the mental has resolved this issue. 
 

What I’d like to see if them team up with a ball reseller who provides custom printing. I hate using those stencils as I always smudge the damn thing and it kills my OCD!

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I don't really know if this is allowed in a competition.

Look up Rule 10.2b on Pointing Out Line of Play for Ball on Putting Green.

 

It clearly states that:
"The player or caddie must not set an object down anywhere on or off the putting green to show the line of play. This is not allowed even if that object is removed before the stroke is made."

 

If they have a certificate from USGA or/and R&A then that makes it legal but mine didn't have one and couldn't find one on the website. They refer to Rule 4.

 

And even there look at the Clarification: When Use of Alignment Device Results in Breach for the full text.

I highlight the important part here:

"For example, a player’s ball comes to rest on the putting green and the player marks the spot of his or her ball with an “alignment device.” When doing so, the alignment device is placed to show the line of play. If the player then lifts and replaces his or her ball (which includes rotating it) so that a marking on the ball is lined up with the alignment device, the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a."

 

What is your opinion?

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19 hours ago, MadPax said:

I don't really know if this is allowed in a competition.

Look up Rule 10.2b on Pointing Out Line of Play for Ball on Putting Green.

 

It clearly states that:
"The player or caddie must not set an object down anywhere on or off the putting green to show the line of play. This is not allowed even if that object is removed before the stroke is made."

 

If they have a certificate from USGA or/and R&A then that makes it legal but mine didn't have one and couldn't find one on the website. They refer to Rule 4.

 

And even there look at the Clarification: When Use of Alignment Device Results in Breach for the full text.

I highlight the important part here:

"For example, a player’s ball comes to rest on the putting green and the player marks the spot of his or her ball with an “alignment device.” When doing so, the alignment device is placed to show the line of play. If the player then lifts and replaces his or her ball (which includes rotating it) so that a marking on the ball is lined up with the alignment device, the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a."

 

What is your opinion?

 

Looks like the product has two pieces - the ball marker and the top alignment part. It looks like you can adjust the alignment part without moving the actual ball marker.

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