7 Deadly Swing Sins

Say goodbye to making the same swing mistakes

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Make your practice strokes one foot behind the ball with your body facing the target. Your eyes are at the target and you want to feel the putterhead in your practice stroke. This allows your eyes and brain to match up the feel of the putterhead and coordinate the desired amount of energy needed for that putt. If your eyes are on the putter or on the ball, your mind is more into your stroke instead of feel and distance control. The reason you're not parallel to the target line in the practice stroke is that if you're right eye-dominant, you have to turn your head and shoulders to see the target, which affects your putting stroke, and this creates confusion in your mind and stroke.

In order to make more short putts, you have to focus on the putterface. Odds are, you miss most short putts because the putterface simply isn't aimed at your target when it impacts the ball. So let's find a few ways to make more short putts.

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Don't set up your body first and aim the putter last. Learn to aim the putter first, the upper body second and the feet last. The ball only cares about where the face is aimed upon impact and how much energy is applied to the ball. If your putterface is misaligned, the ball always will start offline, and this greatly decreases the odds of making short putts.

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Accelerate the putterface into the ball. If you decelerate the putter into the ball, the clubface alignments usually change. I like to get my students to hit their putts with a one-two beat. Say "one" as you start the backswing and "two" at impact. This will force you to accelerate the putter more effectively and prevent a nasty, yippy stroke into the golf ball.

Top-25 Instructor Glenn Deck, PGA, teaches at the Pelican Hill Golf Academy in Newport Beach, Calif. For information, visit pelicanhill.com.


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