Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 394 - Wed. March 23rd, 2016
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Tom's Featured Tip: Is This Type of Putter Trending?
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Tom's Bonus Tip: Positive Expectations
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Is This Type of Putter Trending?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I don't want to spend all my time talking about putters, but when I see any equipment being developed and sold that can truly help your game I feel obligated to talk about it. Many manufacturers claim that their drivers will add magical yards to your drives, or that their wedges will knock 6 strokes off your handicap.

Those claims are 99% hogwash.

However, putter styles like the Odyssey "Toe Up" and "Positive Balanced" putters can truly help your putting. The reason is that they are balanced to keep the putterhead square to your stroke path, as opposed to transmitting torque to the shaft during your stroke like 99.9% of the putters on the market currently do.

In Issue 389 I talked about putters that are positively balanced, meaning that they hold their face square to your putting stroke throughout the stroke. In other words, this type of face balancing helps you to execute a "square strike" on the ball, which is all important in putting.

The article also mentioned that putters sold as face balanced are not really face balanced when the putter is actually put to use. Then I expounded upon a "Toe Up" putter being made by Odyssey that you should see for sale in golf stores around April 15th.

Frankly speaking, I truly think this type of balancing in a putter is revolutionary. The knock on most putters that had this feature up until now was that they were either center shafted (too much head deflection on off center hits), or they were too weird to look down at.

Well, I must not be the only one thinking that this type of putter will catch on, because I just saw a new putter brand that just hit the market called the Directed Force putter.

It offers the same benefits of a positive balanced putter, but it uses different terminology.

For example, they call their putter "lie balanced", which simply means that when you actually execute a putt it holds it's square face orientation without any torque pressuring the face to open on the downswing. In other words, it stays square when the stroke is executed with the lie angle you are using during your stroke.

That's the number one selling point of these types of putters, that really works. Although with this particular putter, I feel that the center shaft entry into the head is a negative for reasons discussed in the other referenced issue.

They also have developed a grip that integrates a forward lean on the shaft automatically. According to their literature, "this feature is called integrated forward press technology. The putter shaft travels through the gripís elliptical shape off-axis by 3 degrees, not through the center of the grip as found on most putters. This unique shaft alignment creates the forward lean players are looking for to hit up through impact without increasing the loft of the putter. With every stroke, the ball rolls top over more easily and the player is rewarded with a consistent feel."

It's interesting to me that you have the option to buy their forward press grip or a conventional grip, which means that the efficiency of the putter design does not rely on the grip, only on the angle at impact.

When I teach putting, I have my students employ some forward shaft lean in their setup and stroke. I personally don't like it when that aspect of setup and stroke is done for the player automatically.

The reason is that I prefer the student to set up with their wrists pre-set in an impact position to prevent any wrist breakdown during the stroke. If you use a putting grip that pre-sets that angle for you, I feel that a student with inclinations to let their wrists breakdown during the stroke will still have a tendency to do so. The angle of the Direct Force forward press grip may mitigate the result to a degree, but I'd rather have the student understand what's happening at impact with their putter, then learn to stroke the putt with correct wrist angles without any gimmicks doing the work for them.

They do offer a demo where the inventor, Bill Presse, uses a "putting jig" to demonstrate how "face balanced" putters are influenced by torque during the putting stroke. It's definitely worth viewing: "Directed Force Putters"

You can be the judge on the eye appeal of this putter, it's definitely unconventional. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and different isn't necessarily bad.

It is pricey at $399.95. I'm pretty sure that the Odyssey model will come in quite a bit lower, but if it fits your eye and you can afford it, it looks like it should do the job very well.

I imagine that when a professional wins a tournament with a positive balanced putter, we will see more manufacturers developing putters along these lines.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Positive Expectations

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Your belief system can create great performances on the golf course.

Francis Bacon once wrote, "the instruments of the mind are as important as the instruments in the hand."

Your swing will work much more effectively if you believe in your ability to make it work.

If you want to make an important putt, believing you can make it will greatly increase your chances of holing it. When you believe you are going to make the putt, you will stroke the putter with more authority and confidence. As we all know the ball must get to the hole if it is to drop into the hole.

If you are presented with a tough shot over the water, you must first believe that you can accomplish the shot before it will happen.

Positive expectations will keep your swing relaxed and fluid, giving you the power needed to clear the hazard.

False confidence, however, is sheer folly.

The formula for high expectations from true confidence is:
  • Know your swing
  • Practice your swing
  • Then believe in yourself and your swing


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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