GOLF ADVICE. PUTTING

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You can hold your putter in different ways. I prefer the reverse overlap for better feel and keeping putter head on a square alignment. It is the most common one used.  You place your left index finger over the little finger of your right hand (or extend it over all the fingers of your right hand). Both your thumbs are positioned straight down the grip. An important aspect of the grip is where the putter shaft rests in your hands. Place your putter in the lifelines of your hands. This position reduces any tendency for your wrists to hinge and unhinge during the putting stroke. It also helps to reduce putter face rotation.

In putting, a common fault is for the right hand to overpower the left hand in the forward stroke and for the putt to be pulled LEFT of the target. To reduce any tendency for the right hand to dominate, the right hand is rested gently on the shaft allowing the left hand to guide the putting stroke. You should pay close attention to the correct alignment of your shoulders and forearms after you have placed your hands on your putter.

Stay still to make more putts.

After you have struck your putt, hold your follow-through for about 3-6 seconds after the ball leaves the club face and check the following:  1. Has your body remained in its original address position?  2. Is the path of your putter still on the correct target line? 3. Has your putter face remained square to the target?

If any of these three things happen, you are losing strokes due to missed putts.

Last word for this segment. Remember to keep your address position well after you've struck your putt. This alone will help your putting stroke stays square to your target and help you make more putts.

Stay absolutely quiet or still, the only movement is your shoulders that move  your arms which will move the putter. I cannot emphasize to strongly how important that is. Next week we will talk about short putts, long putts, drills to help you become a confident putter.

Have a safe and happy week!

 

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