A lot of golfers would be of the opinion that the best way to teach the putting stroke is to hold the club in such a way that the club, the arms and shoulders create a triangle shape that points down at the ball. Then, they would say, the goal is to keep that triangle shape intact during the stroke.
I get the idea and can visualize the triangle…..but I think the triangle is upside down! Today’s putting stroke tips are based on the fact that the best putters make a stroke where the putter head creates the triangle’s base and the grip end is the point. Can you picture that?
This principle is why anchoring a putter against the chest is now against the rules….. Why?, because it makes putting way easier. Fortunately, you can use my triangle visual without anchoring.
It will make your stroke so good, it will seem like cheating…..but it isn’t.
Most golfers use way too much effort than is necessary to hit great putts.
Flip The Triangle – It’s The Secret To Great Putting
Look at these pictures which help explain what I’m saying.
Think Hands Not Arms
One of the most visible features of inconsistent putting strokes is too much going on with the shoulders and arms. When you pull your arms back and then push them toward the hole to make a stroke, you’re essentially swinging the wrong end of the club and relying on a fundamentally inconsistent power source.
For reliable distance control, the best putting stroke is the one that has fewer moving parts and takes advantage of gravity. You have to flip the triangle! Work on keeping your hands relatively centered in front of your body and use your wrists and elbows to swing the putter back (see above, bottom photo). Instead of pushing the arms toward the target (see top photo)….let the putter use gravity to fall into the back of the ball. This is all the force you need to hit the putt. For long putts, just bring the club back further. The more time and distance the putter has to reach the ball, the faster the putter is moving when it gets there to strike the ball.
Feel The Natural Fall
To get a better sense of how gravity, not your arm swing, should let the putter fall into the ball, set up on a green next to the collar and the ball a foot into the fringe. While holding the putter with just your trail hand, swing it back with your wrist only (see below) and then let it drop down to make the ball pop up and roll.
You’ll quickly discover that you don’t have to add force with your hand to hit a putt with enough speed to get the ball rolling a long way. After several repeats, switch to your lead hand and do the same drill. Then, finally, practice two-handed putts on the green, feeling that same free-fall sensation.
Remember, it is OK if it seems like your wrists and elbows are doing most of the work. In fact, it’s a sign you’re doing it right. Now you know the secret.
Practice Hitting The Ball Flush
If you make solid contact using gravity to propel the stroke, the ball rolls effortlessly towards the hole.
To help you improve your contact follow this practice drill:
Stick a metal hoop into a green (see below), or you ca use a couple of tees about two inches apart.
Now put a ball on the green so the back half is behind the hoop or the tees, and make a “dead weight” stroke letting gravity do the job. Hit the ball with the center of the face and the putter should contact the tees or the hoop squarely after impact. If you have manipulated the stroke with your hands, or if you have shoved the putter towards the ball, it will hit one side of the hoop or one tee before the other—something you’ll feel right away as negative feedback….but also something you can correct with practice.
That’s it for today.
I hope you like these putting stroke tips and that they will help you to improve your putting.
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