Why’d I Do That?

You’ve got a 40-footer, but you hit it 20 feet

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

e’ve all done it.You try to put a lit­tle ex­tra pop on that long putt, and the put­ter­head scu s the ground be­hind the ball, send­ing it halfway to the hole.You look down at the green, you ex­am­ine the put­ter, you shake your head. But ev­ery­one knows . . . you stubbed it.

Usu­ally the stub comes from mak­ing a back­stroke that’s too short, which forces you to re­ally ac­cel­er­ate the put­ter­head com­ing through. This changes your rhythm and grip pres­sure. Look at Ja­son Day or Jor­dan Spi­eth: They take the put­ter

Wback with con­sis­tent rhythm and su cient length for the dis­tance of the putt. Post-im­pact the stroke is rm, not loose.The left wrist is in line with the put­ter­shaft.

The key move is an un­rushed tran­si­tion from back­stroke to through-stroke. No burst of speed at the ball.And be sure not to loop the put­ter­head to the in­side or out­side as you start the for­ward stroke. Re-rout­ing can cause a stub.The ideal path is slightly to the in­side go­ing back, then along the line through im­pact, then slightly in­side again.

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