Category: Putting

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Getting a grip on putting

If you are having a lot of trouble missing way too many short putts, then please take five minutes to read this article and seriously consider what I am proposing. Over the past few weeks, two new clients have phoned me with the good news that the grip I have suggested they use (combined with fundamental technical drills [...]

July 2, 2014 More
Placing a golf ball between your wrist and the grip can help distance control

Wrists and putting do not go hand in hand

Are you the type of golfer who really struggles controlling the distance of your putts? In this issue we are going to show you a simple drill that you can do either at home, the office or on the putting green at your golf course which will improve your ability to control the speed of [...]

May 26, 2014 More
Stay in your putt

Stay in your putt

Every now and then when I am playing, I remember one of the keys that I used to use regularly when competing in golf tournaments. This happened recently when I found myself doing exactly what I encourage my clients not to do, which is follow the ball with your eyes and head as soon as [...]

May 1, 2014 More
Putter Loft is critical

Do you have the correct amount of loft on your putter?

You don’t often hear many golfers of any skill level talk about the loft of the putter, mainly due to the fact that they don’t even know that the putter should actually have loft, let alone how much is right for them. Putting is about feel, touch, seeing the line, reading the putt correctly, and [...]

February 1, 2014 More
Coin Drill for putting

Control the speed of your putts

Are you one of the many golfers who have difficulty controlling the distance of your putts? It is one of the most common concerns people talk to me about when they visit me at The Sydney Putting Studio. Basically they are getting the read and line generally OK but then either waste shots, lose confidence, [...]

December 1, 2013 More
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What is the correct putting stroke for me?

One of the common questions golfers ask me during a putting lesson is which method of putting stroke do I teach people? My initial thought is: whichever one I think is going to help the player putt consistently well. I don’t teach one single method to putt. I don’t actually say this to the players, however, as I know [...]

September 1, 2013 More
Starting your putts consistently on line

Starting your putts consistently on line

Whenever I am giving a putting lesson, I always start by watching the player putt outside on the practice green. This allows me time to see firsthand their routine, the accuracy of their read of the slope, the types of questions or comments they make as well as seeing their technical fundamentals such as posture, [...]

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Short putts making you nervous?

Short putts making you nervous?

This article was specifically written with golfers in mind who are missing way too many short putts. Having the benefit of designing putters for Precision Putters. I am fortunate enough to be able to ask for extreme but specific specifications on some putters every now and then, and this has been the case recently with [...]

June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Putter Lie Angle

The effects of an incorrect lie angle on your putter

In my last article, I wrote about the effects of lie angle with your iron clubs, and I mentioned that the process of combining golf instruction with club fitting is very important, mainly because the two need to go hand-in-hand. This is no different when looking at the effect that lie angle has on putting [...]

February 1, 2013 More
Checking your putter length

Two critical tips to improve your putting

When I am coaching, it is common to see a number of golfers arrive to practice their putting. The coach in me cannot help but take a sneak peek at their basic technique, in particular their posture and putter length. In a nutshell, I am surprised just how many golfers are using putters that are [...]

December 1, 2012 More
Check your grip pressure

Constant grip pressure is the key to putting

I often ask golfers whether they think good putters on tour have a light or firm hold on the putter when they are putting well. Invariably these golfers answer “light, but I think mine is too firm.” Although I have seen a few good putters come through The Sydney Putting Studio that have a firm [...]

November 1, 2012 More
Lag putting drill

Lag putting and eliminating the dreaded three-putt

This month we’ll discuss lag putting, a critical skill to improving around the greens (and lowering your scores).

October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Checking a putter's headweight

What putterhead weight and swing weight should you be using?

Since deciding to dedicate a large part of my time specifically to putting, I have seen a number of golfers putt consistently well using a light putter on slow greens, a heavy putter on fast greens, a light putter on fast greens and a heavy putter on slow greens. This shows us that we cannot [...]

July 26, 2012 More
Ball position, impact and loft

Ball position, impact and loft

When hitting a putt, one of our major goals is to get the ball rolling as soon as possible, we have discussed in previous articles that the reason we need loft on our putter face is to assist in lifting the ball out of the small indent the ball sits it when it comes to [...]

June 1, 2012 More
Checking alignment

Which alignments are most important in putting?

I am often asked by clients whether their feet are aiming correctly at address. This leads me to explain the key alignments I look at when coaching. There are four: Forearm alignment at address Forearm alignment at impact Putter face alignment at address Putter face alignment at impact To me, feet alignment doesn’t matter a [...]

May 1, 2012 More
Straight back and straight through – rubbish!

Straight back and straight through – rubbish!

I would say that one in three clients at the Sydney Putting Studio ask me whether I believe the putting stroke should be straight back and straight through. Over the next two articles I will explain — and more importantly prove — that the putting stroke should NOT be straight back and straight through. Dave [...]

August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Practice does NOT make perfect

Practice does not make perfect!

The way you practice has a bigger influence over how you perform under pressure than anything else. If you are like most golfers you get to the golf course half an hour or so before you play, putt a few balls across the practice green, and try and work out whether they are fast or [...]

June 15, 2011 | 1 Comment More
The highs and lows of putting

The highs and lows of putting

We’ve all heard the saying “Pros miss on the high side of the hole, while amateurs miss on the low side of the hole”. What this is referring to is that better putters take into consideration the slope of the green more, while poor putters don’t use as much slope and aim more at the hole.

March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Reading slopes on greens

Reading slopes on greens

Why do some putts turn or break more than others? Here are a few quick tips to help you on your way to reading the greens better and improving your score.

January 11, 2011 | 1 Comment More
A pendulum stroke follows a back-and-forth path, while an arcing stroke has an arc pattern

How to choose the right putter for your stroke

With putting counting for more than 40% of your score, and the putter being used more times than any other club in the bag, it is very important to choose a putter that is right for you. But with so many putters on the market, and with different variables to be taken into account (including the speed of the greens at your home course, your own personal stroke, etc), just how should you go about choosing a putter to ensure that it is a good match?

January 11, 2011 | 1 Comment More
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