2012-04-20 / Sports

Weekly Golf Tips For All Levels, Men And Women

By Joel Garyn

Hope this finds you all in a healthy frame of mind with your golf game and life in general. Let’s continue on with your short game.

We touched on 5 important fundamentals for putting: #1 Develop A Consistent Swing Path

To develop the feel of the proper path of the putting stroke, simply practice putting in-between two clubs or two pieces of wood, probably two 2x4’s. It is best to practice this drill with short putts of 15 feet or less. #2 Keep the Club Head Square To Your Path

Like the first fundamental, keeping the club head square to your path will also promote consistent direction. The longer you can keep the putter face square, or perpendicular to your target line, the better your chance of hitting your putt along the proper line. #3 Keep Your Lower Body Very Still (Stationary)

When hitting a wood or iron in the full-swing, you are trying to advance the ball a great distance. Therefore, it is necessary to transfer your weight throughout the swing. When putting, you only need to roll the ball a short distance. The less movement from your body, the more consistent and accurate you will be. Keep your lower body stationary during the entire putting stroke.

You should keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Your knees should also maintain the same flex throughout the stroke. To help see if your lower body moves during your putting stroke, practice your putting stroke in front of the mirror! #4 Do Not Bend Your Wrist When Putting

Many golfers have a common error – they overuse their hands and wrists when putting. The muscles in your hands can do many delicate tasks; however, overuse of your hands can also destroy the putting stroke. Arms and hands should remain the same throughout the putting stoke. Your shoulders, arms and hands should all move together as one unit. To achieve this, you should feel as if the putting stroke is controlled with your shoulders and arms, not your hands and wrists. Accelerate Through Impact

During the forward movement of the putting stroke, accelerate the club through the point of impact and continue toward your target. You should go at least 6 inches past the ball on your follow through. You should also hold your finish on the follow through with the face of the putter facing your target. You should always follow through at least the same distance as your back swing.

I leave you with this thought “Practice does not make perfect – it makes permanent.“

Have a safe week – the weather is turning favorable so go out and enjoy yourself and try some of your game at the Riis Park Pitch and Putt – great place to work on your short game

Short Game or individual lessons are now available at Riis Park Pitch and Putt-9 Hole. Please call Joel Garyn, U.S.G.T.F. Golf Pro at 718-253-6816 or 1-347-404-3751.

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