BUTCH HAR­MON

Break the old rule on firm wrists

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - Butch Har­mon is a Golf Digest Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional.

Elim­i­nate three-putts.

Isee this a lot: Golfers roll a bunch of 10- or 15-foot­ers be­fore they tee o , then they have to putt one clear across the green on the rst hole. What hap­pens? They usu­ally three-putt be­cause they have no feel for dis­tance. The quick x is to prac­tice lag putts be­fore you head out, but you also need to know the keys to e ec­tive long putting. Let’s take a look.

Golfers are often told to lock their wrists when they putt and con­trol the stroke with their shoul­ders.That might work for short and mid-length putts, but from long range it leads to a sti mo­tion and no feel. By feel, I mean dis­tance con­trol: the abil­ity to look at a putt, make a few prac­tice strokes, and then put the right amount of hit on it. When you have a long putt, get the ex­tra dis­tance by let­ting your wrists hinge a lit­tle.

Here’s how:At ad­dress, your left wrist (for right­ies with a traditional grip) is slightly cupped or bent back.As you swing the put­ter away from the ball, let the mo­men­tum of the stroke at­ten that wrist. That lit­tle bit of hinge will help you put more en­ergy into the ball.Then, as you stroke through, let your right wrist

at­ten – that shows that you’re let­ting the put­ter­head re­lease, which cre­ates ac­cel­er­a­tion.That’s how you hit it harder without adding arm or shoul­der mo­tion.

Get­ting the pace right will be­come sec­ond na­ture if you work on these keys and make lag putting part of your warmup.You’ll han­dle that long putt on the rst green – and all the greens af­ter it. —

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