[ TomTuckerGolf.com Tips ] Issue 12 - Date 05/09/12
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Focus on The Target
- Tom's Featured Tip: Rock Solid Putting
- Golf Lessons
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Tom's Bonus Tip - Focus on The Target
One real simple thing to do to improve your putting is to really focus on your
target when you putt. Your target would be the hole on non breaking putts, and your
aimline for breaking putts. Really stare it down on your last look before your stroke
and good things will happen
Tom's Featured Tip - Rock Solid Putting
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 :-)
I did an indoor putting stroke lesson yesterday for an 8 handicapper from the
Rochester area who was in search of a better putting stroke.
Now this gentleman was what I would call an ideal student. As we chatted during my
evaluation of his current stroke, I discovered that he had read many of the same golf
instruction books that I had read, some of which would be off the radar of your average
For a minute I thought I had a golf spy in there checking out the competition, but
the fact that he was a doctor - and that his beeper went off a couple times during
the lesson - allayed those concerns.
In a nutshell, the problem was weak compression at impact on his putts, because his
swing path and release were not compatible. BTW I often may use the word swing
interchangeably with stroke, because the putting stroke is still a swing, albeit a short one.
For various reasons identified during the evaluation, he was not a good candidate for
a straight back and straight through pendulum stroke, so we worked an arcing stroke
method that actually feels a bit inside out due to setup nuances.
It's a stroke that I find myself teaching more and more because of the consistently solid
feel it produces at impact.
One key ingredient that I'm passing on to you now is maintaining a flat left wrist
throughout the stroke. I'd even go so far as to call it a secret if that floats your boat.
It produces a rock solid strike each and every time.
If you are not 100% happy with the way your putting stroke feels when you strike the ball,
When you set up for your stroke sequence, flatten your left wrist with a slight forward
press - which also may require lifting your left shoulder a bit. Positioning the ball a little
more forward in your stance than usual will also be helpful in getting your wrist comfortably
Once the left wrist is flat, freeze it that way through your entire stroke sequence.
You'll be amazed at the solid feel you'll get every time.
By sheer happenstance, I viewed a video on youtube of Ben Crenshaws' putting stroke
just before I wrote this issue and he putts almost exactly the way I teach the stroke method
mentioned above. Dang it, I thought I had something relatively original!
Here it is if you want to take a look, pay particular attention to how firm and straight
Ben's left wrist stays throughout the stroke:
Also, if you want to build a new putting stroke or improve an existing one, give me
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All the best, and remember: Victory Loves Preparation ~ Anonymous
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