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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?


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

Putting   Leave a comment

imageThe three of us put our minds together to really determine the most important aspect of sinking a clutch putt. A soft grip and a smooth stroke back and through matter.

But kept coming back to as the key to holing a crucial putt is a steady head. Any excessive head movement can cause you to roll the ball on a different line than you intended, or alter the face so it’s no longer square to that line.

You’re anxious to see where the ball’s going, and it’s hard not to track the movement of the putter or ball with your eyes. But to make sure you give yourself the very best chance of making one, you’ve got to check your head. Keep it as still as possible.

Just remember not to tense up simply because you’ve got this feeling of being in lockdown with your noggin. In fact, when you stand over the putt, don’t make a stroke until you feel your shoulders and jaw bone relax. When the tension is gone, hit the putt and don’t look up for at least a full second.

You don’t need to see it go in. It’s way more illin’ to hear the ball rattle around as you stare at your opponent.

Posted 10 December, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter

Trigger Your Touch   Leave a comment

How to control distance with two fingers

Initiate movement using your right thumb and forefinger.

magazine-2010-04-maar01-smith-220To create the feel you need to chip it close, use the thumb and forefinger of your right hand to initiate the movement. Those fingers are crucial to controlling wrist hinge, which is the key to hitting accurate distances.

As you start back, squeeze the grip with a trigger-finger action (right), letting your right wrist hinge and the club move slightly inward and upward. Once you’ve done that, simply maintain that hinge as you pivot your body toward the target through impact. Your goal is to keep the shaft leaning forward and to make ball-first contact.

The most common amateur mistake, is gripping the club in the right palm, which makes it harder to hinge the club correctly and control distance.

Posted 12 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter, Tips

Make windy putting a breeze   Leave a comment

When most golfers think about the wind, they’re primarily interested in how it affects the flight of their ball. But wind can also affect the roll of your ball.

Just marking the ball proved to be a challenge.

 Low Handicapper When putting in the wind, it’s easy to become distracted and lose your concentration — not to mention your balance. The key is to anchor yourself to the ground and stabilize your stance.

Take your normal putting address position, then spread your feet wide, so that your heels are outside your shoulders. Now grip down on the putter so that your fingers are almost touching the metal portion of the shaft.

These adjustments will lower your body’s center of gravity, helping you stay "connected" to the ground and making it easier to putt with stability and confidence.

Posted 8 July, 2016 by E. Marino in, Putter, Tips

Fix your posture and stop pulling putts   Leave a comment

6Slumping forward in your putting setup hurts you in two ways: It aggravates your back, and it causes pulls — and lots of three-putts. How? Slouching gets your upper body closer to the ball, which lifts the toe of the putter off the ground and points the face to the left (bottom left image, No. 1). Now the good news: It’s actually easy to correct your posture and eliminate pulled putts. And you don’t even need to practice these three moves. Simply add them to your pre-putt routine and you’ll soon be rolling it right at the hole.

71. Get into your regular putting stance — yes, even if you slouch, like below.

2. Holding the putter in your right hand only, lift your arms and pull your shoulder blades together.

3. Sole the putter on the ground and add your left hand. Perfect — and pain-free — posture!

Posted 4 March, 2016 by E. Marino in, Putter, Tips