YOUR PLAYING LESSON
Marcus Wheelhouse talks about golfers playing short on approach of the green.
Looking at the key trends of
putting and understanding the never-ending options you have as a golfer when you putt can be overwhelming. This month I want to talk about the tempo of your stroke when you're putting.
For most people there are so many thoughts coming in and out of your brain when you hit a putt. Outcome thoughts of what this putt means; don't miss this one for par, you have been short all day, don't leave it short, don't miss it. All these thoughts hit us at some point.
The choice is yours as to what you think about when you putt. Let's talk about tempo! How do you explain this? Tempo basically means the time or speed it takes an event to happen.
Yes, there are other contributing factors to putt such as the line and strike of a putt, but the speed ultimately dictates the line as well.
The tempo is even more important because this can cause all sorts of anomalies if the tempo is not correct. Trackman have been researching data from the best players on the major tours around the world, both men and women, and have come back with some common themes.
The data they have reviewed shows that if you have a quick directional change i.e. backswing to downswing, there is a higher probability that excessive face rotation will occur. This also can cause an off-center hit.
This will result in both an unpredictable face alignment and strike at impact. Two majors in my books!
The understanding of stroke mechanics in putting is very complex when It comes to the individual because of the endless variation of styles. If I was to isolate one thought that could make the most difference it would be TEMPO!
01 01: The player needs their putter and a coin. Preferably a 20 or 50 cent or 1 dollar piece. There are many different types of putters but most putters nowadays are heel and toe balanced and therefore have a back to them. If you have a blade putter...
02 02: I would start with about a 2m putt and get the feel of this drill. You may feel quite a difference in the practice stroke and then progressing into a normal putt. Like most drills, you might not get it straight away but the feeling will come...
03 03-05: So what should happen. If your tempo is good and your acceleration is correct the coin should fall off as near to impact as possible.
06-08: If the coin is falling off at the start of the downswing then your transition is to quick and the tempo will be out in your stroke.