How to Hit All-Feel, No-Think Shots with Stewart Cink: Putting
November 04, 2011
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How to Hit All-Feel, No-Think Shots
On the green, I like to imagine I'm keeping everything still except the putterhead. That's not exactly the case, but that's what I want it to feel like.
MY 3 KEYS TO PUTTING
1. Mimic your full swing When I'm putting well, my stroke mimics my full swing, which is a fluid, flowing, big swing. I try to keep my putting stroke like that, too, because it helps me achieve a good tempo.
2. Focus like a laser People sometimes say, "Be the ball." It sounds corny, but that's what I do. I try to bury my head in the ball focusing on just one dimple and all I think about is starting the ball on the right line.
3. Feel your speed Speed is a reaction. I am a true feel putter. When I walk up to a green, I can't not read the slope of the green, its speed and how any ridge will play. It's automatic, like second nature. I just know how hard to hit it.
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DRILL: PUTT BY FEEL
If you want to be a more natural putter, try this drill to improve your feel. Just drop a few balls and putt to the fringe of the green, trying to stop the ball exactly on the line where the putting green ends and the apron begins. When you putt without worrying about the hole it helps you develop a sense of speed and increases your sensory awareness. When Tiger Woods drains a long putt, he doesn't think, "Phew, if that didn't go in it would have ended up 10 feet past the hole." Neither should you.
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Your forward putting stroke doesn't need to mirror your backstroke. In fact, your forward-stroke can be considerably longer. Acceleration through impact is what causes a longer forward-stroke; that's a good thing.
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