Putt 4 Dough

Drain Putts From All Over The Green

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...PUTTING SETUP

NOW TAKE A LOOK at my putting setup. The first thing I want you to notice is that it’s okay to be “bit hunched over” when you putt, as opposed to having a flatter back for a full swing.

In the above two photos, you can see that I still bend from my hips first and then let my arms “fall” into my posture as if I’m bending over to touch the ground. After I do that, I’m already in a good putting posture, and all I need to do is hold onto my putter’s grip and let my arms swing back and forth to make a perfect stroke.

Why does that happen? The putter is the shortest club in the bag, so you naturally stand closer to the ball. This allows your arms to hang down freely and your eyes to look straight down on the ball. As a result, your arms should swing back and forth, rhythmically and without much body movement.

The takeaway: Don’t set up for a putt as you would for a full shot. It’s okay to hunch so your arms hang freely.

FRINGE DRILL

ON LONG PUTTS, finding the right speed is key. To help improve your speed, take three balls and set up about 25 feet away from the fringe.

Start by trying to putt your first ball as close as possible to the fringe; then putt the next one about four feet to the right of it, again trying to get it as close as possible to the fringe. Do the same for the third ball. If done correctly, all three balls will be close to the fringe and about four feet apart from each other. Now repeat the drill doing it on uphill, downhill and breaking putts.

Now, remembering that drill, stand about 25 feet away from the hole and putt to it while trying to visualize the fringe at the back of the hole. If you visualize the fringe at the front of the hole, you won’t putt the ball far enough. However, by “imagining” the fringe behind the hole, you’ll get the ball to the cup and give yourself a good chance at making the putt.

As in my earlier tip in which you pictured the hole when you putt, keep a strong image of the fringe in your mind’s eye to putt the right distance.

DID YOU KNOW? PUTTS PER ROUND

PGA TOUR TOP 3

BRANDT SNEDEKER: 27.93
MIKE WEIR: 27.94
MATT BETTENCOURT: 28.10

(As of August 2010)
LPGA TOUR TOP 3

SOO-YUN KANG: 27.44
GRACE PARK: 28.07RUSSY GULYANAMITTA: 28.30
CHAMPIONS TOUR TOP 3

VICENTE FERNANDEZ: 28.29
FRED COUPLES: 28.32
TOM WATSON: 28.56



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