Golf, Part 30, Putting Subtleties in Golf
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Golf, Part 30, Putting Subtleties in Golf

Subtle aspects that lead to becoming a better putter in golf.

To become a good putter the golfer must sift through the variables and find a stroke that he or she believes in. Professional help is the quickest means in doing that for many subtleties must be addressed. Here are sixteen of them for consideration.

(1) Putter Selection: Firmly gripped speedy strokes are best served with a stiff-shafted putter that is shorter than normal. Lightly gripped touch strokes are better served with a longer putter and a flexible shaft. A center-shafted putter is best for those who have a tendency to contact the ball on the toe of the putter. A heavy putter might work best on slow greens & a light putter might work best on fast greens.

(2) Short putts inside of five feet should fairly be automatic were it not for indecision.

(3) Settling body weight on the lead side is a means to keeping the body quiet.

(4) Perfectly stroked putts do not always go in.

(5) A lead forearm in line with the clubshaft presents a positive hand & arm condition.

(6) Positioning the hands lower on the shaft reduces the speed of the clubhead.

(7) An exact and repeatable ball location is advised. Clubface timing is affected if the ball is position too far forward or too far back. Also, the suggestion is to experiment with playing the ball off of the toe of the putter on putts that break toward the golfer and off of the heel of the putter on putts that break away from the golfer.

(8) Perception misrepresents the planned path of the ball when the head is tilted left or right. Learn to set the head squarely and to swivel (head rotates trailing ear vertically) the head in place.

(9) Focusing upon allowing the putter-head to make an upward arc through the ball reduces deceleration.

(10)Hands too far forward tend to close the face. Hands too far behind the putter head

tends to open the face. See #5 above.

(11)The toe and heel of the putter-head must go through the ball at the same RPM. A

legendary golfer admonished to, “never excite the toe.”

(12)Listening for putts to go in keeps the head and shoulders quieter during a stroke.

Their movement disrupts a planned path.

(13)A ball that travels four or five feet beyond the hole would not have gone in. Gauge

speed for the ball to come to rest about a foot or so beyond the hole.

(14)Most of the break usually occurs within three feet of the hole, when the ball is losing


(15)X-Out balls can be enough out of balance and out of round to cause the golfer to

miss a five foot putt.

(16) A trailing shoulder that is set forward of the lead shoulder & toward the planned ball

path promotes an outside-in path and a trailing shoulder set away from the planned

ball flight path & behind the lead shoulder promotes an inside-out path.

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