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#1 Notupnotin

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 12:17 PM

Ok since I've changed the course where I play my distance control is terrible. On the weekend I have 6 x 3 putts and threw in a 4 putt just for good measure! All caused by a bad(mostly short) first putt. Any tips on how to improve this part of my game?


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 12:32 PM

LoL if you get an answer that makes any sense I would be grateful as well.
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 12:40 PM

Leaving putts short? Hit it harder.

Missing putts left? Aim right.

Etc etc etc


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 12:48 PM

Trust your instincts and make a few practice swings looking the the hole and the path the ball will travel

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 06:38 PM

I practice on the putting green and just try to lag to the edge of the green, take the hole out of the equation. As soon as you lift your head you will invariably leave a putt short. I try to concentrate on keeping my head still and not to look up until the ball is well on the way.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 07:34 PM

Ok since I've changed the course where I play my distance control is terrible. On the weekend I have 6 x 3 putts and threw in a 4 putt just for good measure! All caused by a bad(mostly short) first putt. Any tips on how to improve this part of my game?

practice in the dark or try with eyes closed. It's all feel so best to visualise. Similar to how we learn to throw a ball the correct distance to someone.
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 07:58 PM

It's just a matter of getting used to the green speed differences between one course and another.

Practise uphill and downhill until you can the lengths right. It's all about feel, once you've read the green.
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

I practice on the putting green and just try to lag to the edge of the green, take the hole out of the equation. As soon as you lift your head you will invariably leave a putt short. I try to concentrate on keeping my head still and not to look up until the ball is well on the way.

I think that might be part of my problem. I've been catching the ball on the bottom edge of the putter face so maybe having an early look.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:54 PM

Leaving putts short? Hit it harder.

Missing putts left? Aim right.

Etc etc etc

 

I'd also add ..... hit your approach shots closer. :)


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:56 PM

I'd also add ..... hit your approach shots closer. :)


Does help with the whole putting thing
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Posted 25 September 2017 - 12:53 PM

I see alot of players that set their putter in a neutral shaft position or even lean the shaft backwards behind the head. The majority of putters are designed with the shaft leaning slightly forward of the face ( shaft lean ) which will give you the correct loft of about 3 to 5 degrees ( depending on the manufacturer )

When the shaft is neutral ( vertical to the ground ) or back further it will add loft and it isn't hard to double the amount of loft from 4 to 8 degrees. The main result will then be an inconsistent roll because you are launching the ball with more spin and it will also bounce more, making it harder to get a solid hit with good timing and a repeatable roll !

To test this theory stand your putter on a hard flat surface and stand on the head with your foot, the shaft should lean forward of the face. That is how the putter has been setup by the OEM and this is how you should hold it to get the correct benefit of its loft. The proper loft will give you a better roll, after that it's just a matter of practising with good mechanics and technique to become confident with your distance control.

 

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 01:04 PM

I see alot of players that set their putter in a neutral shaft position or even lean the shaft backwards behind the head. The majority of putters are designed with the shaft leaning slightly forward of the face ( shaft lean ) which will give you the correct loft of about 3 to 5 degrees ( depending on the manufacturer )

When the shaft is neutral ( vertical to the ground ) or back further it will add loft and it isn't hard to double the amount of loft from 4 to 8 degrees. The main result will then be an inconsistent roll because you are launching the ball with more spin and it will also bounce more, making it harder to get a solid hit with good timing and a repeatable roll !

To test this theory stand your putter on a hard flat surface and stand on the head with your foot, the shaft should lean forward of the face. That is how the putter has been setup by the OEM and this is how you should hold it to get the correct benefit of its loft. The proper loft will give you a better roll, after that it's just a matter of practising with good mechanics and technique to become confident with your distance control.

 

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How does this particular method apply to your good self and your interesting setup, oh venerable club-making dude?


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:15 PM

How does this particular method apply to your good self and your interesting setup, oh venerable club-making dude?

Good question, cake eater.

 

I consider that I roll the ball better than the average good player because of my ball position at address. I've got the ball about 4" infront of my toe-line and this promotes the clubhead to accelerate up and through the impact zone, so the ball rolls better and quicker with less effort.

If we look at a normal putting setup the ball is anywhere between the front big toe and the middle of the players stance. To get my ball position you would have to push the ball 4" infront of the outside of your leading foot and that's almost impossible ( Mouldy could maybe do it ) because you'd still have to get the correct shaft lean happening. 

Rolling the ball with timing and stability is the key to controlling the speed.

The harder that you hit the ball with a poor technique and setup the worse it will get and being able to control both starting line and pace is the main objective of any great player.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:57 PM

Some of us know how to putt, but choose to do it differently, because we're like that.

A low marker I played with on the weekend uses considerable forward shaft lean. This meant that he was hitting down on the ball causing inconsistencies with roll and missed putts. It was great to watch his 300m drives.

The point I'm trying to make is that whatever style you prefer to use, make sure your putter loft is adjusted to suit so that you regularly get 4° effective loft.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:09 AM

Some of us know how to putt, but choose to do it differently, because we're like that.
A low marker I played with on the weekend uses considerable forward shaft lean. This meant that he was hitting down on the ball causing inconsistencies with roll and missed putts. It was great to watch his 300m drives.
The point I'm trying to make is that whatever style you prefer to use, make sure your putter loft is adjusted to suit so that you regularly get 4° effective loft.


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