How to Practice a Perfect Stroke
It takes ten minutes and an extra club to iron out the kinks in your motion
By Rick Barry
Top 100 Teacher
Everything about your putting game has gone kaput. You hit short putts too far, and come up way short on longer attempts. Worse yet, your putts rarely roll smoothly on the ground they spin, jump and hop on their way to missing left or right.
You can fix many of your putting stroke flaws by simply unifying your motion in other words, by getting your shoulders, torso and hands working in unison and moving together, rather than as separate parts. To build this kind of stroke, try the following drills:
To Link Your Hands to Your Shoulders...
Pin your sand wedge against the center of your torso using your elbows. Secure it by pressing your elbows into your sides (an important setup fundamental).
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Now, stroke some putts holding the shaft firmly in place. Notice how you can't move your shoulders without moving your chest, and how the triangle created by your shoulders and arms remains intact from start to finish. This is the secret to making a smooth pendulum stroke and controlling the distance you hit your putts.
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To Link Your Shoulders to Your Chest...
Wedge the grip of your sand iron underneath your left armpit, grip your putter, and set up to the ball so that the two shafts are parallel. The shaft of your sand iron should rest slightly on top of your left forearm.
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Now, make your stroke, taking care to keep the shafts the same distance away from each other and absolutely parallel from start to finish. This gives you the most solid contact possible. If you tend to jab putts with two much hand action, the shafts will cross.
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