Tag Archives: putting

Putting – Aggressive vs Defensive

We know that if you want to become a better putter, you must be in better control of your distance. Here are 3 rules of thumb for better distance control 20’ and less:

1- On flatter putts, have the ball get past the hole 12”.
2- On uphill putts, be aggressive, you are fighting gravity.
3- On downhill putts, be defensive, lag the putt.

What does “lag” mean in putting, it means “come up short of the hole intentionally”. Aim at some kind of mark about 3 feet short of the hole, the ball will still roll closer to the hole than you think. This ensures you do not have a 6 footer coming back, remember that you want a tap in for your 2nd putt.

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This is a great drill to practice distance control, stroke some putts from different slopes and do not let the ball hit the club connecting the other 2 clubs.


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Golf Tip: Love Your Game

Your game includes the full swing, short game, putting, trouble shots, course strategy and your mental approach.  These are not in any particular order, but you will be doing all of them in any given game. This season, try to determine what your strengths are and where is the weakness.  If you are a decent ball striker, but you cannot chip the ball within 3 feet of the hole, that is where your focus should be.  If you struggle with 50 yard shots, don’t say “well I will not hit the approach shot to that distance, instead I will give myself a full swing from 100 yards”. Work on your short game and your putting average will improve.

Most golfers practice what they are good at, avoiding the weaker areas, hoping they will not encounter the weak areas on the golf course.  If you don’t know how to improve your weaker areas, come and see me. Let’s have more fun this golf season and love your game!         

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Putting and Ball Position

Do you give this the time and attention that’s needed when you practice? If not, here are some things to consider. Ball position is critical to become a better putter, period. This affects distance control and direction, which are the two main fundamentals in putting.

Most players position the ball in the middle of the stance, move the ball more to the left in your stance (right handed players). Approximately under your left nostril, when looking straight down. The next item to consider is the shaft angle, when you move the ball further to the left or under your left nostril, move your hands forward to keep the shaft properly aligned. The picture below shows correct impact and ball rotation from a good set up position and stroke. You might not be able to see this with the naked eye, but if you are in a poor ball or shaft angle position, you create too much flight & skid. This affects the distance control and direction.

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Improve Your Putting With SAM PuttLab

SAM PuttLabThe Glencoe Golf & CC is proud to announce the introduction of a new putting technology, SAM PuttLab. Contact me to arrange your session on this Tour proven technology and improve your putting! There is no additional fee for this assessment, this is a part of your lesson.

SAM PuttLab is an analysis and training system based on an accurate ultrasound measurements. It analyzes the 28 most important parameters of your putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports. Discover your individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training.

Within seconds the system gives you an individual feedback on your putting strokes. The analysis reveals even the smallest details of your movements and allows you to develop improvements and training strategies. SAM PuttLab utilizes ultrasound sensory analysis and therefore is far more precise than any other similar system on the market.

Putting Lesson: How To Make A Downhill Putt

How-To-Putt-DownhillWhen looking at a downhill putt, typically it will be a fast putt. Instead of trying to putt it gently and being tentative, try this. In the picture, this player has the ball positioned towards the toe of the club (furthest point away from the shaft). The ball will come off of the putter head much softer than normal, because the center of the club is where the most mass is located. Try putting it like a normal stroke and see the control you have!

The Glencoe Golf & CC is proud to announce the introduction of a new putting technology, SAM PuttLab. Contact me to arrange your session on this Tour-proven technology and improve your putting! There is no additional fee for this assessment, this is a part of your lesson.

SAM PuttLab is an analysis and training system based on an accurate ultrasound measurements. It analyzes the 28 most important parameters of your putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports. Discover your individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training.

Within seconds the system gives you an individual feedback on your putting strokes. The analysis reveals even the smallest details of your movements and allows you to develop improvements and training strategies. SAM PuttLab utilizes ultrasound sensory analysis and therefore is far more precise than any other similar system on the market.

Short Putts

I recently played with an amateur golfer suffering from the short putts syndrome or as
some people relate to as the “yips”. After observing a few holes, I asked him what are
you thinking about when you stand over the ball on putts inside of 4 feet? He replied,
“Keeping the stroke smooth and the same length of back swing vs the follow thru”.
Sounds like a good practice thought, but only in practice. He lost his confidence, since
he missed a few of these in previous games.

Replace the mechanical thoughts in game scenarios and replace with “this is in the
bottom”! Fear of missing those putts lead to mechanical thoughts resulting in increased
grip pressure, heart rate and less feel.

Do you want to feel like the left photo or the right one?

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