3 WAYS TO LEARN FROM BROOKS

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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.”

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