Golf Putting Mechanics (P2)

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Putting Techniques 3

  • The club and arms should swing back and through as a The club and arms should swing back and through as a unit, with no additional movement from the wrists or unit, with no additional movement from the wrists or elbows elbows
  • The shoulder girdle and arms form a triangle that The shoulder girdle and arms form a triangle that rotates as a unit but the sides remain the same length rotates as a unit but the sides remain the same length
  • The shoulder girdle moves as a unit with the club

Arm Action in Putting

  • The arms and club act as a pendulum, swinging The arms and club act as a pendulum, swinging back and then through toward the target; and the back and then through toward the target; and the tempo of the swing should be close to that of a tempo of the swing should be close to that of a pendulum-the acceleration of gravity pendulum-the acceleration of gravity
  • The arm swing occurs from the shoulder girdle, The arm swing occurs from the shoulder girdle, there should be no wrist movement occurring there should be no wrist movement occurring during the stroke during the stroke
  • The wrists remain locked in neutral during the The wrists remain locked in neutral during the swing, but there is no flexion, rotation or extension swing, but there is no flexion, rotation or extension in the wrists in the wrists
  • The entire shoulder girdle rotates back and The entire shoulder girdle rotates back and forward to contact, while the wrists and elbows forward to contact, while the wrists and elbows remain at the same angle to the club

Arm Action in Putting

Pathway of Club

  • Straight Back and Straight Through before and Straight Back and Straight Through before and after contact; club may deviate slightly at after contact; club may deviate slightly at beginning and end of stroke beginning and end of stroke
  • The most important aspect of putting is to bring The most important aspect of putting is to bring the club straight back and straight through to the club straight back and straight through to the ball in a modified pendulum motion the ball in a modified pendulum motion
  • The club face must be square at impact, and The club face must be square at impact, and this is best accomplished by bringing the club this is best accomplished by bringing the club straight back and straight through the ball straight back and straight through the ball
  • The ball is placed in the middle of the arc of the The ball is placed in the middle of the arc of the club and directly under the eyes club and directly under the eyes
  • The player must avoid any movement of the The player must avoid any movement of the club to the inside of the arc during the contact club to the inside of the arc during the contact phase

Putting Technique 4

  • Good putters have a relatively short backswing Good putters have a relatively short backswing and a relatively long follow through for the and a relatively long follow through for the average putt average putt
    • The short backswing will enable the golfer to get the The short backswing will enable the golfer to get the middle of the club back to the ball more consistently; middle of the club back to the ball more consistently; the longer the backswing the more inconsistent the the longer the backswing the more inconsistent the ability to get the middle of the club back to the ball ability to get the middle of the club back to the ball as the club head may twist slightly on the way back as the club head may twist slightly on the way back to the ball to the ball
    • A long follow through will help prevent the golfer A long follow through will help prevent the golfer from decelerating the club head prior to impact- one from decelerating the club head prior to impact- one of the most common errors in putting

 

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