[ TomTuckerGolf.com Tips ] Issue 10 - Date 04/25/12
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- Tom's Bonus Tip: The Core Putting Stroke
- Tom's Featured Tip: "Stroke" Don't "Hit"
- Golf Lessons
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Tom's Bonus Tip - The "Core" Putting Stroke
The "Core" putting stroke mentioned in the featured tip this issue is a concept that
I learned from Goeff Mangum's work.
Note that Goeff emphasizes having a clear mind when you practice and play to allow
your brain to make the complex calculations necessary for executing a putt at the
correct pace for the distance involved.
Here's how Goeff explains the "Core" putting stroke:
Address the ball and make a very simple stroke to nowhere in particular -- the
simpler the better, as few moving parts as possible -- as follows: initiate the backstroke
with a little pushing off from the left shoulder rolling back to move the putterhead. When
you first sense that taking the putterhead back any farther or higher will require some
effort on your part by pushing or lifting as you feel the weight of the putterhead, just quit
going back and relax. Now let the putterhead fall back forward through the ball and roll
the ball with good level contact just to see how far it will go. Simple.
The "Core" putting stroke is a fundamental that absolutely needs to be
acquired in order to become a great putter.
Try it, you'll like it.
Tom's Featured Tip - "Stroke" Don't "Hit"
For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from
a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do :-)
When I coached college golf, I used to monitor my golf team's putting strokes during
"silent" practice. "Silent" practice is when a group of players (or an individual) simply
practice in silence. In this case the group practiced their "core" putting stroke, with
the emphasis on a good "stroke", not a "hit".
After each "group" stroke, I would simply say "yes" or "no" to the group. There was no
more conversation, just "yes" or "no". "No" meant that someone "hit" their putt rather
than "stroked" it, usually by having over-active hands or too much body movement.
The offender immediately knew who he or she was, and through this process some very
good "strokes" were developed.
We would do this for an hour at a time - with an occasional break for back stretches -
and one student reduced his total putts per round so dramatically that I'm reluctant to tell
you the percentage, it was unbelievable. He also played hockey, and he had been
putting a slap shot "hit" on his putts until we drilled it out of him.
All students' strokes improved to one degree or another.
I developed a drill called the Ten Ball "Core Stroke" drill, and it will
improve your putting faster than any other drill that I know of.
Line up ten balls on a flat putting green or flat putting surface, then in silence - no ear
buds , music, etc., execute ten "core" putting strokes in a row. After each putt say to
yourself either "stroke" or "hit", you'll be able to feel the difference. You'll also
notice that your "hits" have an inconsistent roll out distance.
Stroke - observe - stroke - observe, for ten consecutive strokes at a time.
Don't break the silence, don't break the rhythm.
When your stroke becomes consistent, your putts should all be rolling about
the same distance.
When that happens, you've established your fundamental "core" stroke.
Pay particular attention to the distance that the ball rolls out, it's the basis
for your mental calculations for your stroke for different distances.
Do this for as many sets of ten as your practice time permits. After the first few sets you
should be "stroking" eight or nine out of the ten balls. Eventually you'll be "stroking" them all.
After you've "got it", continue to do this drill every other week for as many reps as it
takes to do two sets of ten balls with all "strokes" and no "hits". The ball should also be
rolling out the same approximate distance for each stroke on that particular green or practice
BTW, the reason for silence is that it puts your mind into a state of deep practice,
which is when you build effective brain - body connections (neural pathways) for
whatever you are practicing.
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