The concept of the Wellputt mat : mental cartography and neurophysiology

The design of Wellputt Mat has been based on the theories of Alain Berthoz who advanced the hypothesis that “ The memory of space in fact calls on a memory of movement, this being based on body movements associated with visual points of reference

Defined mapping of space

In creating a defined mapping of space between the golfer and the hole (the lines on the mat) associated with a repetition of studied and determined movements (the exercises), Welling putt offers the golfer a routine of exercises allowing him to sub-consciously acquire a key movement accompanied by perfectly adapted speed and strike control.

Pratical visualization

For the first time a training mat proposes a practical visualization of the distances represented by the different zones on the mat. In its association with structured and supervised exercises, the brain memorizes movement, strength and speed of stroke, in function with each designated zone of space. The proposed exercises thus offer a perfect learning technique and a spatial memorization which the golfer will sub-consciously use when in a real game of golf, these data being neurologically assimilated.

Facing the hole, the brain will simulate virtually the mat zone on the green.

Thus conveying the spatial benchmarks necessary to the appreciation of distance. The exercises and routine absorbed by the brain will enable it to manage a precise and priorly memorized shot. Only the green speed will add a new putting parameter. Advance knowledge of this green speed will be necessary to complete the neurological understanding of the player (reconnaissance of the course, prior practice.)

The absence of visual benchmarks often seems to be a major obstacle in placing the putter. The brain has a natural tendency to try and find physical reference points (blade of grass, leaf, pebble) in order to create mental guidance markers to associate them with a distance. It must then apply an adapted muscular movement. This combination is often full of complexity and rarely managed first time round, the brain not having been able to analyze the parameters and create its mental mapping. This handicap is worsens when the body has neither memorized a simultaneous muscular action.

Putt that seems good because it is near the hole, but in fact is too short.

The mental embedment of the “good putt” zone

Without knowing, mental cartography is leading your current life :

When you are driving, you don't think about what your hands, eyes or legs are doing. The different movments are memorized in your muscles and brain. The concept of the Wellputt Mat is based on that natural combination.

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It is thus indispensable to bring to the brain, and this, beforehand, the spatial reference points that it will memorize and then apply pre-defined club movements which it will put in reserve like a reference data bank. The totality of these reference points (both spatial and muscular) will allow it, when playing, to refer sub-consciously to known data that it may select and reproduce.

It is significant that, during a putting practice session, one often sees all the putted balls finish up at the same place as the first one. Indeed the first putt is an estimation made by the brain during which it has analyzed all the guidance markers in coordination with the making of muscular movement. Our brain is an extraordinary computer capable of analyzing in a few thousandths of a second all the data to which it is confronted.