3 WAYS TO LEARN FROM BROOKS
1 Hammer in the short putts
“Brooks hits the ball hard on the greens,” his coach Claude Harmon III says of his putting stroke. “He bends from the hips, which allows his arms to hang naturally.
When he grips the club, there’s just a slight elbow bend and the shaft also runs directly up his forearm, which allows for a free flowing putting stroke.”
2 Hold the putter in your palms
Koepka keeps the grip of the putter more in the palm and less in the fingers. This helps him keep the face steady through impact – an important factor when you have such an aggressive putting stroke. Koepka’s actual grip is unconventional but it works. Placing his right forefinger down the shaft allows him to stabilise the stroke. “A lot of amateurs’ strokes break down with the right wrist and that will cause them to open or shut the face and lead to inconsistency,”
3 Fade your irons for more control
Koepka prefers to fade with his irons because it’s easier to control. “He sets up with his feet slightly open to the target. He then takes the club up and down without rotating the face,” says Harmon. “He shifts his hips towards the target and, by keeping his left wrist bowed right up until impact, he keeps the face from opening too much and so doesn’t have to worry about timing. The body does the work and when he releases the club, it opens the face just slightly and produces that beautiful slight left-to-right shot.”