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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

Make that two-putt   Leave a comment

No matter what your handicap is, you’re always going to have putts that matter. When nerves show up, your first response is probably to focus on practice strokes. If that helps give you feel, great, but distance control is the real key in long putting. Cozy up those lag putts to three feet or less, and you’ll take so much pressure off your game.

Start by standing taller at address, and feeling free in your upper body, mainly the shoulders and neck. Center the handle of the putter so it points to your belly button. Relax, and worry less about the mechanics of your stroke and more about making the center of the putterface contact the equator of the ball. A pure strike will lead to better roll-out—and a shorter second putt.

Posted 15 February, 2016 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter, Tips

Putt with your right arm only on the practice green   Leave a comment

putt-right-armJust when your putting goes from bad to worse, a piece of advice is to experiment with one-handed putting on the practice green.

This drill will help in two ways.

First, it will teach you to release the putterhead properly, which is one of the first things to break down when you’re missing putts.

The second thing this drill does is restore your hand-eye coordination. By using only one hand, you tend to forget about the mechanics of putting and simply stroke it to the hole

Posted 30 August, 2015 by E. Marino in Putter

Don’t worry about arc   Leave a comment

insl01-putter-pathA common question surrounding putting is whether the putterhead is directing the ball in a straight or curved direction.

Surprisingly, the answer is both, and it is simply a matter of perspective. Don’t even let it bother you.

For more consistency, your goal should be to constrain most of the degrees of freedom except for letting the putter move back and through at a comfortable rhythm. This will happen naturally if you don’t try to manipulate the path.

If you practice letting your body do what it wants to do, putting is easy. Just let it happen."

Posted 14 August, 2015 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter

Spot the spot   Leave a comment

puttingIf you stare at the ball too long at address, it’s easy to get brain-locked and hit a bad putt. To avoid this, don’t even look at the ball.
Try looking at a spot just in front of the ball on your target line and rolling the ball over that spot. Put a tee in the ground in front of the ball when you practice. This gets you thinking about the target line instead of the stroke–the opposite of what most golfers do.

Another trick to free your mind is to picture the ball going in on the high side of the hole on a breaking putt. Most golfers miss low. For this left-to-right putt. You want the ball to enter the cup well left of center.

Posted 13 September, 2014 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter