“The man who can putt is a match for anyone, and the man who can’t is a match for no one.” – Willie Park (Open Champion 1860)
When I watch a top touring professional like Tiger Woods putt, it reminds me of how simple a putting stroke should be. The pros on the PGA and LPGA tours spend a great deal of their time simplifying their putting strokes so they can make more putts when it matters.
I’m sure that you are well aware that putting accounts for more than forty percent of your total score, so it makes good sense to develop a simple, repeatable putting stroke that you can rely on.
The pro putt technique is the simplest of all the golf strokes you can learn. In this article I will explain how you can focus on just three simple factors that will have you holing more putts than you could imagine.
It’s hard to believe that such a simple action could give so many golfers so much grief. After all, the putting stroke is only inches long and yet its influence is significant because the shortest putt has the same value as the longest and straightest drive that you can hit.
If you want to shoot lower golf scores then you will have to learn how to putt more effectively. Fortunately for us there are only three factors to develop and master to become a highly competent putter.
I believe that any putting stroke that eliminates club face rotation will in the long run be a more successful technique for holing putts. I know this seems obvious but believe me; many of the golfers who attend my golf school suffer from too much club face rotation leading to inconsistent direction off the putter face.
Through my observations of successful professional golfers who are excellent putters I have identified three factors consistent with every one of them. These simple, overlooked factors are not the factors that you read about in virtually every golf instruction book or golf magazine, like a straight putting stroke or accelerate you putter through the ball etc.
These factors relate to the mechanism that drives the stroke and keeps the body in balance at the same time. Following are the three factors that I believe will significantly improve your putting performance day in and day out.
Right Arm in Plane with Shaft
In the address position make-sure that your right forearm and the putter shaft are directly in-line with each other. Then during the back stroke and forward stroke phases, maintain this forearm-shaft relationship.
All successful putters keep their arms and shaft in the same plane, and they power their putting stroke with the muscles of their upper back that moves their forearms backwards and forwards.
Maintain Upper Body Angle to Ball
The second factor that I teach my students to keep their ear to hip angle to ball constant throughout the putting stroke. Any unnecessary up and down movement of your upper body in relation to the ball affects your ability to maintain the radius between the putter face and the top of your spine.
By keeping your upper body stable until three seconds after the ball departs from the club face will help you to strike your putts more solidly leading to better distance control.
The third factor relates to your ability to keep your eye-line in the same plane as the golf ball and target. Great putters control the putt with their eyes. They watch the ball roll all the way to the target by simply rotating their eyes as their arms move through the ball.
Imagine a triangle from your dominant eye to the hole (or target) and back to the ball. When you strike your putt you maintain your eye to ball to target relationship until the ball comes to rest.
By incorporating the pro putt technique into your putting stroke you will quickly discover that your putting stroke is straighter and more consistent, and your strike on the face is more out of the sweet spot leading to better distance control, ultimately less putts per round and greater golf confidence.
Until next time.