ARTICLES - JULY '07
On Your Stroke
Putting is a game of precision, not strength. This
explains why most good golf putters have advanced
concentration and focus skills. They strike the golf
ball on the sweet spot a good percentage of the time.
It's the ability to hit the golf ball in its center that
leads to fewer three-putts and more birdies.
easy and effective way to better your focus and,
therefore, your chances of striking the golf ball on its
sweet spot is to practice putting with your sand wedge.
Obviously, a sand wedge isn't designed for putting. But
if you can learn to putt with a sand wedge, imagine how
deadly you'll become when you return to your golf
Address the ball with your normal putting stance and
align the leading edge of the sand wedge to the ball's
equator. As you take your stroke, retain your focus on
the golf ball's center and strike it with the golf
club's sole. You'll be shocked at just how well you can
roll the golf ball with this exercise. This drill
effectively frees up your muscles and allows you to make
a smooth, fluid stroke through the golf ball. More
importantly, it encourages you to focus on hitting the
golf ball exactly on the sweet spot every time. It
places your awareness where it needs to be - on the golf
Once you return to your trusty golf putter, you should
have a much better awareness of how precisely you want
to hit the golf ball. Hopefully, you'll become so
focused that you'll see which dimple you hit when the
golf ball is struck. Now, that's concentration.
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