Unlocking Putting Potential

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Unlocking Putting Potential
Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Impact, Swing Mechanics

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Unlocking Putting Potential

How do we unlock our putting potential on short putts, here is how we do it. This lock is going to play a huge key in giving you the right feel for this. The golf swing in the putting stroke is a pendulum-like motion, back and through. What we tend to do in our putting stroke is instead of allowing the swing to go with the pendulum, with the lock, we tend to out-race it. So what we want to do is see if we can give you that feeling of swinging back and through , back and through, a pendulum like motion, where the putter is going equal distance on both sides of the golf ball. Here is why that is so important. When we hit our ball the putter has about four degrees of loft approximately, some a little less, some a little more. To be able to be consistent in our putting we need to be able to bring our putter back to the ball with the loft that the manufacturer has designed, every single time. If come in to it with more loft the ball now gets different information, it hops and does not roll effectively. Come in to it with too little loft we hit the ball down in to the ground, the ball bounces, and it never gets on the right track. So using something like this lock with a string on it on your putter, getting a feeling of how the putter now swings back and through in a pendulum like motion, helps you to get the feel for the weight of the putter head back and through, allowing it to swing. In hitting this putt we are going to see if we can do the same thing over here. Feeling the weight of the putter swing in a pendulum like motion will help you.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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One-Plane Impact Position The one plane swing is the way to go for consistent impacts because the clubface naturally closes on the downswing and does not require hand manipulation to square the face.
Circular One-Plane Finish Since we are swinging around the body in the one plane swing the club should travel on an arc and not down the target line, thus the right arm gets extended and the left arm bends on the follow through.
Wrist Hinge for Power A two plane swing requires you to actively cock your wrists. With a one plane swing the weight of the club tends to hinge your wrists back naturally and making the swing less complicated.

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