Putting Drill: Improve your putting touch with this simple drill   Leave a comment

1-puttIf you can sharpen your awareness of how the power you are applying translates into how far the ball goes, you can really start to improve your putting feel. Here is a simple game that will help. Gather 10 balls – ideally the same brand and model you use in competition. Strike the first one 20ft or so away.

Your goal for the next ball is to get it as close to the first ball as possible while leaving it short of it. Repeat that task for each subsequent putt. Ultimately, your goal is to fit all nine balls between that first one and the point you are putting from.

To achieve that, you’ll need to keep each gap down to no more than a couple of feet. That demands pure touch and feel. Make this game a regular part of your putting practice and your touch will dramatically improve.

Mind the Games

If your putt goes past the ball before, start again. Can you fit all nine balls between the furthest ball and your putting position?

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Posted 16 January, 2018 by E. Marino in Putter, Tips, Today´s Golfer

Try old drill for consistent rolls   Leave a comment

Putting-drillSometimes your stroke can get out of whack, and you start mis-hitting the ball.

Create a gate with two tees just wider than your putterhead and hit putts without the club touching either tee.

If you loop the putterhead to the outside during the stroke, you’ll bump the outside tee. If you swing it to the inside, you’ll bump the inside tee.

Go through clean, and you’re hitting the ball in the center of the face. Just like any other shot in golf, if you catch it in the center, with the face square, you’re going to get a good result. That’s what you see the best putters do.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Harmon, Putter, Tiger Woods

Two skills for great putting   Leave a comment

One for long putts, one inside five feet

Putting-stanceBeing a great putter doesn’t mean you’re rolling in bombs all day. Sure, that would be nice, but quality putting is about distance control from long range and precise aim on the short ones.

From inside five feet, the biggest problem I see is a careless routine. It drives me crazy when golfers step up to a putt and plop their feet into place before thinking about where to aim the putter.

Essentially, their feet have already dictated their aim. A better routine is to aim the putterface very carefully down your intended start line, then take a comfortable stance and go. If you do that—let your aim drive your setup, not the other way around—you’ll make a ton more of these short putts.

For long putts, the first thing to check is grip pressure. Too often amateurs strangle the club, especially when they think they have to hit the putt harder for the ball to reach the hole. The problem is, the tighter your grip, the worse your chances of having any feel for distance. You need a light hold, so you can feel the weight of the putterhead as it swings, and keep that same pressure throughout the stroke.

More distance comes from a longer stroke, not a burst of speed at impact.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter

Drill: Timing your release   Leave a comment

Timing-drillWithout a club, start in a setup position with your arms extended and hands together, palms facing each other.

Swing your right arm to the top and then back down as if you were simulating a downswing.

When your right hand reaches the left hand, slap it over so that the left palm faces up.

That’s the feeling of a proper release through impact.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest

Put your right knee into it   Leave a comment

Weight-shiftShifting your weight toward the target allows you to apply your body mass to the strike.

A good drill to get that weight moving forward is to make practice swings focusing on the movement of the right knee.

It should move outward toward the ball and forward toward the target as you start the downswing.

Knee action was a hallmark to his powerful swing.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest

When big effort leads to small drives   Leave a comment

More-powerYou’re playing with a couple of really big bombers, and you’re trying to keep up. After they blow it way by you on a couple of holes, you start swinging harder to pick up extra yards. But the harder you go after it, the shorter your tee shots go. What gives?

Average golfers don’t play enough to control a super-fast swing. They’re trying so hard to smash the ball, they have the club moving its fastest in the wrong place—at the start of the downswing instead of the bottom of the arc. They also often lose their balance swinging harder, and that makes centerface contact a challenge. If you want more distance, don’t try to kill it. Swing with a smoother tempo and concentrate on hitting the ball in the sweet spot. Here’s how:

First, make practice swings varying the amount of effort. Swing at 50 percent of your fastest, then 60 percent, then 70 percent and so on. You’ll start noticing that the "swoosh" sound the club makes comes later and later in the swing. You certainly don’t want to hear it before the clubhead reaches the ball.

The proper grip also will help you pick up yardage. Be sure to hold the handle so you feel the connection of the top-hand thumb (left thumb for right-handers) to the lifeline of the lower hand. You also want to feel pressure in the last three fingers of the top hand and the middle two fingers of the bottom hand. Holding the club in this manner gives you control, while allowing your wrists to remain flexible, so they can release the club like a whip through the ball.

If you can do that, you won’t have to stare at the back of your playing partners’ heads all day.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest

Ball buried on the upslope? You need speed   Leave a comment

One of the most difficult lies you can get in a greenside bunker is when the ball embeds a little into the upslope. This is especially true if the sand is soft. It’s difficult from an awkward stance to swing with enough acceleration to get the ball out of a slightly buried lie. But how to generate the power necessary to execute this tricky shot?.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in Bunker, GolfDigest