Putting From Against The Fringe

By Katherine Marren

Putting From Against The Fringe

It is not uncommon to get a putt where your ball is nestled up against the fringe and golfers tend to really struggle with this shot. They struggle with this shot because they try to use their normal stoke and set up. Let me demonstrate. If I set up with the ball forward and I am trying to make a putting stroke that goes back and close to the ground it gets stuck in the grass and then kind of takes off. Then it is also hard to make contact because I might get some grass stuck between the club and the ball. Let me show you what I mean. The ball is forward, regular putting stroke, I also have to be careful as I am setting up to not pat down this grass, that could be a penalty for improving my lie. So I am hovering the club, trying to make a putting stroke but not really able to hit the ball solid. I think a better way to hit this shot is to set up as if you are going to hit a chip shot. That would be with the ball back, with your weight left and your head in front of the ball. You can see that my balance is in front of the ball, and the shaft of the club leaning forward like in chipping. That creates the angle for the club to swing down and into the ball without getting any grass caught between the club and the ball which is very important. You also might notice when I do my practice swing that I am hitting in front of the ball, the ground abbreviates my stroke because of that angle of trying to get down to the ball and again the ground is going to abbreviate that stroke. So it is like a chip. Ball back, shaft forward, weight left and let the club work down and into the ball. Another fun way to hit this shot is to actually turn the putter sideways. This might not be the best putter to use this for but if you turn the putter sideways it actually creates that angle where it takes the grass out of play, you can see that. I can make a little bit more of a normal putting stroke and that is really a fun method to use. I would try both of these methods next time you go out to the short game area to practice and by the end of your practice session you are going to have two new shots in your golf bag.


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