Here are 4 ways to get a smoother putting stroke.
One of the putting trends my co-workers and I have seen in recent years is more and more club golfers becoming ‘stuck’ over the ball on putts. That tends to indicate a jerky beginning to the stroke, compromised rhythm, and poor pace control. So here are 4 practices you can apply to reduce tension and get the stroke started. Try each one to understand which works best for you.
At set-up, a convenient address sets your thumbs pretty much level with the ball. But a subtle press ahead, the back of your leading hand running towards the target, encourages a natural and instinctive defensive response, with the hands and club tidying back and away. A great way to dismiss tension and put change into a stuttering stroke.
In beginning the stroke smoothly, one of the big puzzles is challenging your arm muscles to both take the weight of the putter and move it back in a controlled manner. When you already weight the putter, it’s much simpler to adjust the start of the stroke. So try with hovering the putter behind the ball before starting back.
3. HEAD SWIVEL
Take one last, lengthy look at the hole. But let the swivel of your head back to the ball “kickstart” the stroke; as soon as your eyes are concentrated on the ball, go. This provides a skilled movement of the head to set up a steady start to the stroke. It has the dual benefit of guaranteeing your picture of the putt is fresh in your mind, and holding you “freezing” at the address.
Holding the putter on the ground enables you to adjust its position behind the ball, and hovering can hinder that. So as an understanding, try bouncing the putter gently a couple of times behind the ball before taking it back. This makes some movement into the putter which will add a flowing motion to the putting stroke.
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