Putting is one of the most important parts of the game and often the most under practiced by many golfers. In my opinion, putting is made up of three distinct areas of focus: Technical (such as stroke mechanics), speed control/starting line and green reading skills. Each of these areas require attention and practice to make up a well-rounded putter.
Control the Club Face and Path
There are many variables when it comes to individual putting actions. how a player grips the club (conventional, claw etc.), the height of the player, length of the putter, style of putter (blade, mallet) etc. In lieu of these factors, there is only one goal to be achieved in every putting action and that is be able to control and stabilise the club face through the stroke.
The less the face moves throughout the action, the easier it will be to hit consistent putts. In my opinion there are two things that all great putters have in common: the ability to stabilise their lower half so it barely moves (especially on short putts) and the ability to move the upper half of their body separately from their lower half to make the stroke. These two things combine to help to keep the forearms and wrists from having any contribution to the stroke.
The below video demonstrates how learning to establish a well-balanced set-up can help to control both the path and the face throughout the stroke.
Exercises and Drills
As well as the set-up and movement drill shown in the above video, there are many things we can do to help stabilise the lower half and begin to move the upper half more freely.
A wide variety of resources are available that can guide you on some good exercises. One of my favourite sites is www.tpi.com who are the leading experts in golf fitness around the globe.
In the video below I show you some of my favourite (simple) exercises I have learned throughout the years. Apply these daily and pretty soon you will be building a very good foundation for a great putting stroke.
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