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What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?

What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?

What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in 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!

If you asked the average golfer the difference between static loft and dynamic loft, you would most probably get a blank stare.  Most golfers have never heard of these terms.  However, if you want to have a good and consistent putting stroke, you need to know how these two lofts affect the way your ball rolls. 

Because the moment your ball starts off with backspin on a putt, your distance control is going to be compromised.  

Thanks to Tom Stickney II of  Golf Wrx, you will now know the difference between these two lofts!

Is your putter custom fitted?

By now everyone has heard the benefits of getting your putter — and really, all of your clubs — custom fitted to your stroke/swing. However, many people over look loft when it comes to the putter. In fact, the putter’s loft at impact is one of the major factors involved in how the ball launches, and the ultimate roll on the surface.

But let’s stop for a second and understand that there are actually TWO different lofts within your putter; first, you have your static loft, which is the loft of the blade design.  This is the loft of the putter from the factory. Most of the putter today are between 3 to 4 degrees.

Second is the loft you deliver at impact that you control mostly by your hand action at the ball. You can either add or subtract loft.  We call this your dynamic loft.

What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?

When you hit the ball with the correct amount of dynamic loft the ball will skid very little and begin to roll quickly, as pictured above. But when you hit the ball with too much added loft, you will see the ball jump up into the air, as pictured below.

What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?

What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?

The Putter in Action!

Here the static loft of the putter is 3 degrees.  But when the player hits this particular putt, the shaft is leaning forward 2.3 degrees.  Giving us a dynamic loft of 0.7 degrees at impact. That’s a far cry from the starting amount of 3 degrees at address.

Therefore, this player’s dynamics (hand action) during his stroke caused the putter to become de-lofted more than necessary. In fact, in a perfect world, we want to deliver the loft at a constant value that matches your stroke to make your putts more consistent.

For more ways to understand dynamic loft changes, go here.

Source: Tom Stickney II   Golf Wrx

Pictures: Golf Wrx

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Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.
 
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!
 
Brittany Lang is one of the very best putters on the LPGA Tour.  Currently, she ranks in the top 10 in putts in GIR. (Greens in Regulation.)  Brittany, with the help of photographer  of  Golf Digest shares the keys that she was working on the week she won the US Open at Corde Valle.  These are based on sound fundamentals, so listen up. This can make a big difference in your golf game!
Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Secret Golf

Working on Two Things!

All week at the U.S. Open at CordeValle—where I just won my first major—I worked on two things with my putting: staying down and fully committing to every putt. Reading the putt on 16 during the final round, tied for the lead, my brother, Luke, and I picked a line we liked: a ball out left. I committed to that line completely and just let it roll. That mindset helped me drop the putt and take the lead.

I’m never mechanical with my putting when I play.

It’s just this ball in that hole. But your putting has to be grounded in some mechanics. I’ve worked with Dave Stockton, and he’s big on the left hand (for righties with a traditional grip) being the aim hand. So the left hand is super important to me. I like to hit practice putts left-hand-only, isolating the feeling of the left hand in control. My putting grip is left index finger over right pinkie, which gives me the feeling of the back of my left hand going to the hole. Where the left-hand goes is where the ball goes.

I also like the stroke being equal on both sides (photos). I don’t want to take the putter back short and make a long through-stroke, or go back too far and have to decel coming through. Here’s a drill I like to work on when I practice. Put a tee just outside the toe of the putter at address, then stick a second tee a few inches behind it (on the backstroke side) and another a few inches in front (through-stroke side). Hit some short putts, making sure the putter head doesn’t go past either tee during the stroke.

Groove that feeling of the same distance back and through.

To see one further mechanical key to improving your putting, go here!

Source: Brittany Lang   Golf Digest

Pictures:    Keith Allison

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2 Simple Drills from David Howell to improve your Putting!

2 Simple Drills from David Howell to improve your Putting!

2 Simple Drills from David Howell 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!

Because putting does not take any strength or flexibility as a full swing does, you would think that this would be an area where the amateurs would have a better chance of competing equally with the Pros.  But, in fact, it is exactly the opposite.  Golf professionals are far better putters than amateurs.  The reason?  Drills!  

I can quite honestly say I have never seen an amateur standing on a putting green doing a drill in order to improve either their stroke or their feel.  

I work with a putting mirror at least 2 to 3 times a week and work on my feel drill at least once a week.  In this video, David Howell explains two simple yet effective drills to help improve your putting.  Thanks to the European Tour for sharing.

2 Simple Drills from David Howell to improve your Putting!

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND – MAY 19: David Howell of England reacts to a shot during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 19, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Five-time European Tour winner David Howell is regarded by many as one of the very best putters in the world. Year on year he ranks highly in the putting ranks and this season is no different. The 40 year old ranks second in putts per Green in Regulation, first of all the players who’ve played more than 25 rounds.

So what’s the secret to good putting?

Anna Whiteley caught up with David at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to get some tips and tricks. Here’s the exclusive video.

Source: European Tour

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Do you putt to a spot or do you see a line – Both have merits!

Do you putt to a spot or do you see a line – Both have merits!

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!

Do you putt to a spot or do you see a line

 

I have used several of David MacKenzie’s articles on mental golf coaching.  

Why?  Because I think he has some interesting and valuable things to say about improving your mental toughness, course management, and visualization.  This article will definitely help you improve your putting whether you putt it to a spot (like me) or someone who sees a line and tries to putt the ball along that line. Check out his website at golfstateofmind.com.

Curves vs Straight Lines

Whenever I discuss pre-putt visualization with a new student, they will always have one of two responses.

There are those that see putts in curves (unless it’s a dead straight putt) and there are those that visualize all putts as straight, no matter how much break there is. Neither method is proven to be more effective than the other, but it’s important to think about how you visualize on the greens and here’s why.

Those players who say they see puts in curves are saying that they imagine a line (or curve) on the green that the ball would have to track to get to the hole (like in the image above).

Left vs Right Brain Dominance in Golf

Players who see shots in curves, use more of their right brain than their left brain in the targeting process. In other words, they are more “right brain dominant”.

The right side of the brain uses imagery, more than it does verbal and technical instruction while performing a task.

People who are right brain dominant are generally more artistic, creative and intuitive and need to see visualize concepts to understand them.

However, the other group of players, those who see all putts as straight, are more “left brain dominant”.

The left half of the brain is more logical, analytical, and uses more verbal instruction to explain things.

For left brain dominant players, it’s much cleaner and easier to see putts as straight lines, than it is curves. It makes it more precise, like a architectural drawing vs an artist’s sketch.

For these players, instead of seeing a curved line the ball will take to the hole, they see a different target, or “spot” (an imaginary hole), which is in a straight line from the ball (as in the image above).

A spot putter would putt as if to get the ball to come to rest at that spot (imagining every putt as flat and straight), but let gravity (the slope of the green) take it towards the hole.

 

spotvsCurve2

To read the rest of this informative article to improve your putting, go here!

Source: Golf State of Mind.

Pictures: pierpeter   Golf State of Mind.

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Keeping your putter low through impact to get a better roll!

Keeping your putter low through impact to get a better roll!

Keeping your putter low through impact to get a better roll!

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!

Keeping your putter low through impact is an important aspect of putting.  

I remember Johnny Miller saying that he would practice hitting a coin along the floor in the kitchen on his mother’s linoleum as a young boy.  Mike Bender, Top 100 Teacher, gives a similar drill that will help you with your putting.

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Source: PGA.com 

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Hit it Alice - How To Stop Leaving Your Putts Short!

Hit it Alice – How To Stop Leaving Your Putts Short!

Hit it Alice – How To Stop Leaving Your Putts Short!

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!

Leaving your putts short: It’s one of golf’s cardinal sins!

In some conditions, like wet, slow greens, you may need to adjust your strategy to avoid leaving your putts short. In this month’s Video Golf Tip, Mel provides an easy method that’s a guaranteed way to stop leaving putts short. Watch closely, because as Yogi Berra once said, “99% of putts that stop short, don’t go in.”

The principle I use here is that of a basketball player.  When he shoots, he looks at the hoop and shoots.  If the ball is too soft, the next one is harder.  If it’s too hard, the next one is softer.  You do the same thing with your putter.  When you practice your putting, look at the hole (This is only in practice) and allow your subconscious to decide how hard to hit it.  If you hit it too soft…….. You get the picture!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

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A Really Great Putting Drill for both Feel and Direction.

A Really Great Putting Drill for both Feel and Direction.

A Really Great Putting Drill for both Feel and Direction.

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!

Thomas Bjorn is the European Tour version of Freddy Couples.  He’s easy-going and a really nice guy. 

My heart broke for him when he played 2 poor bunker shots to lose the Open Championship in 2003 at Royal St. George’s.

Callaway Golf EU brings you a great putting drill to try before your round.

Watch 2011 Johnnie Walker and Omega Masters Champion Thomas Bjorn as he gives some key putting tips that you can use on the practice green prior to your round.  His peers regard Thomas  as a very good putter.  So this drill is not only worth listening to, but it’s worth going out to the putting green and trying it out before your round!  You won’t be sorry you tried this!

Source: Callaway Golf EU

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