Improving your putting by improving your balance
AFEW months ago I conducted a clinic at Liverpool GC with Matt Green.
I was helping the students with their technique and Matt was helping them with their body. Quite often I will be confronted with a student who physically cannot get into the positions we need them to get into. Matt provided a great insight into what the body should be doing in the swing; he would identify any deficiencies that may be causing a problem and would give exercises and stretches to help overcome the problems. I have found this a valuable asset to have available to my students.
At the end of the session, Matt and I were mucking around on the putting green and Matt showed me a fantastic drill that can be used to help improve balance throughout the stroke of the putt.
Everyone tries to swing the putter straight back and through on a slight arc but have you ever thought that if your body moves a little bit during the stroke that this would affect what happens to the putter head?
Matt pulled out two foam rollers that had a flat bottom. He laid them on the ground with the flat side facing to the sky (like shown in the photo)
He then asked me to stand on them whilst trying to keep my balance and make some strokes.... it was a pretty difficult exercise!
He then asked me to stand on the green and make some strokes and asked me to describe my feeling. The only way I could describe it was that I felt like I had tree roots growing out of my feet and into the ground. I felt so stable during my stroke, all because I had switched-on some muscles required to help keep balance.
The more you practice this, the more you will continue to improve your balance and putting (obviously it is also essential to have a nice grip, stance and stroke.)
If you have access to some foam rollers I really encourage you to trial this on the putting green. You have nothing to lose, except your handicap.
To help improve your golf, you have to ask yourself if your body is able to help or hinder you. If you are unsure, it could be time to get a lesson off your PGA Pro and ask if he or she thinks your body could be limiting your potential for better technique and then look for a physio that has experience with working with golfers. You should then be on your path to success!