50 Ways To Lower Your Score
Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golf
24. Try This! Eye Trainer Putter
In putting, there are two absolute setup musts: eyes over the target line, and putter aimed directly at the target. Sounds easy, but even the best putters in the world constantly practice to ensure these setup musts are achieved. For golfers without the benefit of constant instruction and practice, the task is even more difficult. Enter the Eye Trainer ($130), a unique learning device (which also can legally be used during play after removing the unit’s Training Bridge) that teaches golfers to achieve the two key setup requirements. An elongated sight line helps establish a square face to the target, with the sole of the putter resting flat on the putting surface. To ensure eyes over the target line, all the golfer must do is move his or her body forward or back to align two notches with two squares on the rear of the putterhead. VoilÃ !
25. Flatten It Out
One of the biggest mistakes made by recreational golfers on the putting green is holding their hands too high, and cupping their left (for a right-handed golfer) wrist through impact. These two moves allow the clubhead to pass the hands, and at the same time, adds loft to the putter. The result is typically bad impact with the putter striking the ground before the ball, or putts that bounce too much due to the extra loft. Instead, be sure to let your arms hang down freely, and keep your left wrist flat all the way into the finish.
26. Gear Effects: Don't Forget The Hosel
Benoit Vincent, Chief Technical Officer, TaylorMade Golf
A putter should provide at least two or three degrees of launch angle to get the ball above the level of the grass and rolling toward the target. Depending on where the hosel is inserted, and what type of shape it has, a given putter will have a tendency to close or open through impact, or add or subtract loft. The important thing is to find the combination that works for your particular stance, grip and stroke. Much of this is based on experimentation, but there’s excellent putter-fitting technology as well.
27. Gear Effects: Balance Your Putting
Mitch Voges, Founder, Max Out Golf Labs
Counterbalancing (adding weight to the butt end of the club) has proven to be valuable in putting and wedge play. The reason is that counterbalancing places more weight in the player’s hands, adding an extra degree of feel and control, particularly for those players who tend to manipulate the club with their arms and hands. Counterbalancing also helps the golfer to control the putter with the shoulders and bigger muscles, which in turn promotes rolling the ball rather than hitting at it. Very few, if any, accomplished players hit at the ball, which is why they look so smooth and relaxed when they make a putting stroke.
28. Gear Effects: Putter Length Is Key
Jeff Jackson, Marketing Director, Tour Golf
The length of your flatstick is perhaps the most important parameter when it comes to putter fitting. If you correctly match length to your putting posture, you’ll ensure consistent eye, shoulder and arm position in relation to the golf ball. Most putter models are offered with a standard length of 35 inches, although a number of studies indicate that, for most golfers, 35 inches is too long. The correct length (and lie angle) should allow you to assume a comfortable putting posture with your arms hanging naturally from your shoulder sockets and your eyes positioned directly over the ball.
29. Lag With Purpose
Looking at the hole while lag putting can have a profound effect on your ability to get the ball close to the target on a consistent basis. Not only is this method dependable, it’s also more natural for anyone who has played sports like baseball or basketball, where the target is the focus rather than the ball. Use this technique to get the ball real close to the hole instead of just near.
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