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4 Ways to hole those 4 foot knee knockers - Love #4!

4 Ways to hole those 4-foot knee knockers – Love #4!

4 Ways to hole those 4-foot knee knockers – Love #4!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We all, including the Pros, get a little nervous over those 4-foot knee knockers, particularly towards the end of the round when money or a good score is on the line.  Today, we have some hope for you.  4 things to do to make these putts a lot easier.  Correct posture and technique, and you’ll be banging them in no time.  Thanks to GOLF.com for sharing!

On average, PGA Tour players convert 92 percent of their putts from four feet.

Chances are, you fall far short of that figure. Why? Subtle technical mistakes can wreak havoc on your rolls, even from close range. Revisit these four fundamental setup keys. If you can make your putting address position consistent and automatic, you’ll gain more confidence in your stroke and turn four-footers into tap-ins.

THE QUICK WAY TO PERFECT POSTURE

Stand up straight and hold your putter out in front of you so that it’s in line with your forearms. Rotate your elbows inward until the underside of your forearms face the sky, then tuck your elbows in so that they rest against your rib cage. Now simply tilt forward from your hips until the sole of your putter rests on the ground. Follow these steps correctly and the four parts of a good putting setup (very bottom of page) will fall into place.

4 Ways to hole those 4 foot knee knockers - Love #4!

Photo: Illustration by Graham Gaches

If your putting setup is inconsistent, a four-foot putt can feel like a 40-footer. But a simple pre-putting posture tune-up can make you deadly from short range.

1. HIPS OVER HEELS: This allows you to distribute your weight evenly over the balls of your feet, which makes it easier to keep your lower body still and your entire body in balance throughout the stroke.

To see the other 3 tips to improve your 4 footers, go here!

Source: GOLF.com

Pictures: Illustrations by Graham Gaches

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Learn the Art of the Forward Press to improve your Putting!

Learn the Art of the Forward Press to improve your Putting!

Learn the Art of the Forward Press to improve your Putting!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The forward press in putting is a matter of preference, but all golfers should try to see if it helps achieve more consistency on the putting green.

I have seen two of the best putters on the PGA Tour over the last 50 years are Dave Stockton and Jordan Spieth.  Both players use a forward press in their putting stroke to set the lead wrist in a “flat” position and then “push” the putter head through with absolutely no breakdown of that lead wrist.

Practice this at home on the carpet first.  You won’t be sorry!

The Art of the Forward Press: “Press” your hands forward—toward the target—a couple of inches before starting your takeaway. Watch Mel demonstrate in this video:

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

Pictures:  Mel Sole Golf School

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There is absolutely no Stinkin' Thinkin' when you are Puttin'

There is absolutely no Stinkin’ Thinkin’ when you are Puttin’

There is absolutely no Stinkin’ Thinkin’ when you are Puttin’

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Thinking mechanical thoughts is never a good thing when playing golf, but mechanical thoughts can totally ruin the game when it comes to putting.  

My friend and well known putting instructor Glenn Coombes always says, “No Stinkin’ Thinkin””

So here, Dave Marsh for iGolfTV gives us a good tip on distracting the mind for the task at hand and allowing your natural instinct to take over.  Try this, I think you’ll like it!

Source: iGolfTV  Dave Marsh

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7 Ways to being a Better Putter - #4 is a Gem!

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We all want to putt better, that’s for sure.  

To putt better, we need to improve our green reading.  Dave DeNunzio, the contributing writer for GOLF.com, has put together a list of 7 great putting tips by 7 of the top putting instructors around. (I wonder why he didn’t pick me?)  After checking out these tips, I can guarantee that you will putt better in your next round. (But you must practice first!)

7 Ways to being a Better Putter - #4 is a Gem!

Adam Scott is one of the first to use “Express” green reading by AimPoint Technologies. Has his green-reading improved?

You read almost every putt, but if you’re like most players, your routine is guesswork disguised as green-reading. That won’t get you close to the hole, let alone “in.” You’re not the only one reading, and weeping, on the greens.

A new Golf Magazine study shows that America is massively misjudging the slope under its collective FootJoys, under-reading putts by a whopping 65 percent, on average. As a new season beckons, now’s the time to raise your reading level—and save a fistful of strokes. PGA Tour star Adam Scott has cracked the code, becoming the world’s best green-reader, so start by trying the 11-time Tour winner’s groundbreaking method.

Beyond Scott, we have six more easy-to-learn techniques from golf’s keenest putting minds. You’ll soon detect the subtlest bumps, bends and breaks, learning to read the trickiest greens as if they have subtitles.

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

FIRST THINGS FIRST: We Seriously Under-Read Our Putts!

Sixty-five percent of golfers under-read the break on a typical putt, according to a Golf Magazine–sponsored study conducted at the Pinehurst Golf Academy. All of these flawed reads add up to lots of lost strokes, even with perfect putting technique. In our study, we assessed the green-reading skill of 72 golfers just like you. Initially, our research team simply sought to determine the ideal position from which to accurately detect slope (behind the hole, behind the ball, etc.), but results showed view position to be meaningless to good green-reading. Our study subjects misread everything, no matter where they stood or crouched. Some 25 years ago, Dave Pelz told everyday players to triple the amount of break they saw, and that’s as true now as it was then.

Here’s how to see the correct line every single time!

To see all 7 Tips on Improving your putting, Click Here.

Source: GOLF      Dave DeNunzio

Pictures: rioncm    Oliver Gunning

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The case of the "Moving Head" solved with this Teaching Aid!

The case of the “Moving Head” solved with this Teaching Aid!

The case of the “Moving Head” solved with this Teaching Aid!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
 
For about the last year, I have noticed that my head tends to move backward when I hit the ball when I putt.  This causes the putter-head to move to the left, and a pulled putt results.  I am totally unaware of this movement, and one of my instructors pointed it out to me, so I videotaped my putting stroke, and sure enough, there it was.  So, I devised a drill whereby I stand with my head on the door jam and putt.  Now I know FOR SURE that I am keeping my head still.   That habit creeps back into my stroke every now and again, but I immediately go back to my drill, and after 20 or 30 minutes, I can eliminate it.  (for now)  Here is a link to my drill – Putting at home
 
Well, it appears that PGA Tour player, Ryan Moore also had “head” issues with his putting stroke.   Here Luke Kerr-Dineen from Golf Digest’s “The Loop”  explains how Ryan deals with the problem.
 
One of the reasons Ryan Moore is able to be such a good player with a quirky swing is because he does a number of key things well, among them: keeping his head really still. And, apparently, that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Moore.
 
A picture doing a rounds on Twitter shows how Ryan Moore installed a training aid on his indoor practice putting green that is designed specifically to keep his head down and still. Check it out:
The case of the "Moving Head" solved with this Teaching Aid!

PGA Tour Player Ryan Moore’s In-Home Putting Aid for keeping his head still!

 
And it seems to be working. Moore has won three times on tour in the last four years, and has ranked in the top 25 of Strokes Gained/putting twice over that period.
 
And just look at that head! So steady.
Pictures: Golf Digest    The Loop
 
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