ARTICLES - AUGUST '07
Like A Pro
the golf swing, there are almost no centrifugal forces
at work in the putting stroke. Therefore, whatever you
do at address pretty much determines what you'll do with
the putter during the stroke. In studying the best
putters on Tour, it's easy to find common denominators
in both their setup positions and strokes. Obviously,
there are exceptions to every rule, but for the most
part, common traits run rampant in the setup positions
of great golf putters. Specifically, they establish four key
first setup line runs from the eyes to the inside edge
of the golf ball. When the eyes are in alignment over
the inside edge of the golf ball, the player is better
able to line up the putter to his or her target and
visually track the line on which the golf ball will travel.
second line runs from the shoulders straight down
through the arms and hands. When the arms and hands are
in alignment under the shoulders, the player can swing
them back and through naturally, creating the optimal
third line bisects the center of the hips and the heels.
The proper alignment of the hips and heels creates
balance and stability during the stroke. When a player
is centered, stable and in balance, he or she can attain
consistent, solid contact.
fourth line is drawn from the puttershaft through the
inside edge of the forearms. This line is achieved by
placing the grip of the golf putter more through the palms
than in the fingers. By aligning the shaft and the
forearms, a single lever is created, resulting in
optimal control during the stroke.
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