In my last article I discussed what I feel is the most important factor in distance control (feel and touch) in the putting stroke. Aside from knowing how to read greens (www.aimpointgolf.com) controlling the distance your ball rolls is critical. How do myths and misconceptions is golf get started? Someone has an idea, tries it, feels like it works and shares it with someone else. The word spreads and we have a myth or fact. The difference is that a fact is researched, tested with accurate data and hard numbers. I trust the numbers. Since having a data collector like the S.A.M. Putt lab, my staff and I have been able to learn a lot about what creates a great putting stroke and we have been able to help more of our players improve with some simple ideas and drills.
Cruise Through Impact don’t punch it!
Good putters arrive at impact mostly at a constant acceleration rate which means that their peak velocity is before impact. In my opinion, the average golfer overaccelerates because of 3 reasons:
1. They have been told by their buddies or other golf pros that when they leave a putt short they decelerated
2. they don’t have enough backswing because they are trying not to make a mistake (tentative). They think shorter is more efficient
3. The don’t have enough speed in the backswing to have a smooth acceleration rate through impact.
How To Change It
The best way to change this profile, smooth out the stroke and also create some balance to the length of the stroke is as follows:
1. Take the putter back with more speed
2. If it is too short for the length of the stroke, add some length. (trial and error)
3. Don’t forget to brake at the finish (don’t be sloppy)
****You must get your putter velocity up to speed sooner in order to create a (cruising) through impact.
Consistency In Whatever you do Is Key
I understand that their are good players that can overaccelerate prior to impact and putt pretty good. But the best players arent always the best putters and can always improve. Whatever you do if you do it with a high consistency rate with repeatability you can make it work.
Closing Remarks – Results and Testing
I have shared this idea with few LPGA Tour players EGolf pros, elite juniors, top amateurs including our club champ and many every day golfers and they it always makes sense to them and they have improved so their is something to it. I will keep testing it and researching it.
Let me know what you think, if you can improve on it or am I completely out of my mind. All I want to do is share great information with other golf coaches and help players play better.
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