As a result of my deteriorating knee problems, I am unable to practice the full swing much so I decided to devote my practice time to the short game.
Putting has always been a fascination, so I set about paying attention to what I was doing when I putted. I found quite readily that my biggest problem is not seeing the line correctly.
Most of my putts miss left. It is the result of the way I set up to putt and the level and angle of my eyes in the ball/hole continuum.
So I invested in 2 Scotty Cameron putters. Same problem. My setup is faulty, or flawed in the eye/ball/ hole relationship.
After hours of careful deliberation, new putting insights on a personal nature, and countless trials and errors I discovered the ideal length/lie putter that putts my eyes and head in the correct position to see a good line from the ball to the hole.
I lengthened a Scotty Cameron putter to fit my new set up, put a thick Flatso 13 3/4 inch length grip on it, and ran the longer shaft through my left palm and up my left forearm like Matt Kuchar.
The results were not surprising in that putts started going in the hole. Once I started seeing the line to the hole (and stopped guessing) my putts started to drop. All this time I though I had a bad stroke when the real problem was I could not make the eye/ball/hole connection correctly.
Making adjustments (in this case length and grip only) to my brand new Scotty Cameron putters was easy. I saved the original grip and went to town. These putters are made to hit good putts.
When you are constantly guessing as to the direction of your putts it is hard to make them go into the hole. More to the point if you cannot see the hole in relation to your ball, that is a real problem.
Do anything you have to do to get your eye/ball/hole continuum in tune. I guarantee you putts will start to drop. Once you figure it out, the results will be astounding.
Still using the same right hand position on the putter (under the square bottom of the SuperStroke grip). The only change I made was using the reverse over lap grip as normal.
I hole these putting insights help you along the way to more holed putts and lower scores. Remember the 3-8 foot putts are the ones that will make you or break you!
I decided to play the ball as it lies and got two holes in before the heavy rain came.
As spring is a busy time for a golf pro in the northeast, I was out on the golf course placing penalty area stakes the other day, and decided to play a few holes when the task was finished for the day.
I loaded up my clubs and teed up from hole #1. Hit a real good drive down the left center. I was pleasantly surprised. I had a good lie for my second shot so I pulled out my 5 wood. Something didn’t feel right as the club didn’t fit the shot. But since rain was coming I went ahead and hit it anyway. hit a low liner left but still got with wedge range for shot number three on a par 5.
What ever happened after that with my score really does not matter. The important thing is that I have been playing the ball as it lies since I first took up the game. It is really hard for me to set the ball up all the time.
As I played more this day, I thought about what a great game this is if you play the ball down. Every shot and every lie is different. The game, when played this way, demands that you learn to put the club face on the ball in many different situations and many different ways. As a matter of fact, the possibilities are endless.
Every shot is different and every day is different. There is no better life trainer than that.
Try to play it down for a few rounds. Play the ball as it lies and experience the true meaning of the game. I don’t mean to say that your should do it all the time, but when you play the ball as it lies for a few rounds here and there, you discover the true spirit of ball striking and the true spirit of what makes, and what has made the game of golf the great game that it is.
New golfer alert!
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Golf is the best exercise regimen ever invented. Golf keeps you mentally keen, mentally focused, physically strong, and mentally and physically balanced and in tune. You have to be balanced in order to play well.
Golf is an emotional roller coaster. You experience every up and down possible during the course of a lifetime of golf.
Take some lessons from a competent teacher of the golf swing and the golf game to learn the fundamentals of the swing as they apply to your own unique set of requirements. I say competent because not all teachers are created equally. Invest your money wisely.
Then go out and play on a course as often as you can to apply what you have learned. Playing the game of golf is just as important as learning the fundamentals. Play play play! Once you learn how to swing and get the ball moving, playing as much as you can is the surest way to improving.
- Why I love golf!
- It’s the game of a lifetime!
- Golf makes you live longer!
- Golf makes you tough.
- Golf makes you healthy.
- Golf makes you focus.
- Golf keeps you sharp.
- Golf makes you stronger.
- Golf makes you work.
- Golf makes you better.
- Golf makes you feel alive.
- Golf keeps you moving.
- Golf makes you happy.
- Golf makes you humble.
- Golf makes you elated.
- Golf makes you arrogant.
- Golf makes you feel helpless.
- Golf makes you angry.
- Golf gives you courage.
- Golf makes you reach.
- Golf extends your boundaries.
- Golf sharpens your mind.
- Golf makes you think.
- Golf puts you in the zone.
- Golf shows you patience.
- Golf teaches you about yourself.
- Golf teaches you about other people.
- Golf makes you breathe.
- Golf makes you sweat.
- Golf gives you freedom.
- Golf makes you real.
- Golf giveth.
- Golf taketh away.
- Golf makes you experience every emotion known to man.
- Playing golf keeps disease and illness away from you.
Putting It’s How You Hold The Putter
Neurologically speaking, your golf swing and putting stroke is a reflection of you and the way you do things.
After many years of putting mediocrity and experimentation and no feel or idea or impulse going from my brain to my putter and back to my brain, I found myself on the practice putting green holding my putter shaft wedged between my index finger and middle finger of my right hand just swinging back and forth as I walked toward my three golf balls to attempt more putts.
I looked down and saw my two fingers under the square bottom of a Super Stroke 3.0 size non-taper putter grip. The putter was wedged securely in my right hand so I said to myself “what the hell I’ll try this.”
I put my left hand on the top of the putter grip without even thinking about it and stroked a 30 foot put that went right into the middle of the cup with perfect speed. Stroked another with the exact same result then another that stopped a fraction of an inch from going in.
I pulled the balls out of the cup and hit three six-footers that went right to the bottom of the hole.
Hmmm. Something felt right. Putting It’s How You Hold The Putter. I looked down and my right arm was parallel with the shaft of the putter and every practice and real stroke I took felt exactly the same. What was more important, I had a great feel for speed and direction as each putt whether 60 feet or four feet was exactly the same.
I have been putting this way now for about three months. Nothing has changed. The results are still excellent. I am making more putts than I have made in years and getting the ball up and down on a regular basis.
Finally some feedback, some direction and some idea translated into reality. The neurological synapse between brain and execution has been bridged.
I putt the same with any putter that finds its way into my hands: from relic 8802’s, Bullseye’s, Anser’s or whatever I happen to use.
Putting It’s How You Hold The Putter.
It is not the putter “it’s in the way that you use it!”
Weightless Takeaway Least Resistance
A COUPLE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TAKEAWAY AND BACK SWING
Your first move in your golf swing, after taking your setup, grip and aiming yourself towards where you want the golf ball to go, is your takeaway.
You take the club away from the ball into the back swing to build energy and power that you release into the golf ball at the impact zone, and to get the head and face of the club moving in the right direction when you make contact with the golf ball.
If you feel the weight of the golf club when you start back at the beginning of your back swing, you are probably doing something a little “off kilter” that will figure into your swing equation when you start back toward the golf ball.
Try to feel a “weightless feeling” in terms of the club as you start away from the ball. This is the beginning of the back swing. If you initiate your swing with a light feeling it will most likely carry over into the rest of the swing.
If you are “weightless” during your takeaway and back swing, you are using your large muscles and core muscles from the very beginning, and using the golf club in balance according to the way it is supposed to be used.
Weightless Takeaway Least Resistance!
You will also most likely have the golf club on the correct “swing plane” relative to your own golf swing requirements which is dictated by your own physical characteristics.
The design of the golf club also contributes to giving you the best feeling throughout your swing. If you feel weightless you are using the golf club properly, using gravity as a positive constructive force instead of fighting gravity, which gives a forced feeling of heaviness.
Simply, the more weight or heavier you feel when you swing the golf club, the more problems you are likely to encounter when you attempt to get the golf ball moving into the air and toward your target.
This in turn will lead you to a source of better timing and balance. Your swing will be and will continue to be longer, freer, and more fluid. The longer you play the better you will will play.
The new golf season 2018 is on our doorstep. Today is March 4, 2018. We had over a foot of snow on March 2nd and the temperature today is about 32 degrees with a stiff wind blowing.
I had cut my practice nets down because the rain before the snow froze and there was about a ton of snow caught on the nets. So Yesterday I rehung the nets after a hard pull out of the snow and today I decided to it balls again.
The sun was bright even though the ground was wet and muddy and the temperature was no conducive to practicing my golf swing. But what the hell its march and I wanted to practice.
I turned on my SkyTrak launch monitor and connected to my iPhone and went to work. i have been practicing hard since the season ended last November and at times have been able to get my driver club head speed up to 96 and ball speed near 140.
A far cry from the old days when I averaged 116 mph with ball speeds in the 160’s and 170’s. Of course I was 20 years younger and have undergone battles with cancer, knee surgeries, torn cartilages, infections and other surgeries and ailments.
Seems like its been 10 years of a downhill energy spiral, although last year 2017, was a relatively good year knock on wood and all sorts of other things to keep the blues way.
So today in the old and sunny weather surrounded by piles of now I managed to get my club speed to about 85 with ball speed about 131. Not too bad I thought for the conditions and by condition.
I have been experimenting with different shafts. I can still swing a stiff shaft but always need a higher kick point due to the fact that I have a fast hard release of the club head and have strong powerful wrists and hands. Swings with a regular lighter longer shaft have produced better numbers and more distance.
Funny thing about practicing. One day last week when it was a little warmer I hit about 80 balls with a driver and was caught in the 85 to 90 mph comfort zone. Then I decided to call on my adrenaline and try to pump myself up to a “game day” frame of mind. The result of the experiment into a raised level of concentration and awareness was 96 mph with balls speeds of a little over 140.
I guess animated practice is more productive than steady level practice, at least in the context of trying to increase distance, clubbed speed, and ball speed. Although I have played my best golf score-wise when I play in a state of steady level headed clear headed detached concentration.
I am hitting the ball pretty straight on a consistent basis, but I am also starting to become aware of a slight tweak in my downswing move that increases my numbers pretty dramatically. The only problem is that the ball goes way right of my usual direction, which is a slight draw of little fad when I want to hit a fade.
As I sit here the 2018 golf season is right on our doorstep. My SkyTrak launch monitor has afforded me hours of really productive practice during this off season. I will continue to work hard and am looking forward to playing some good golf this season.
Let the games begin!
Huge jump even on the snow and cold-Ball Speed 136 mph and club speed 94 miles per hour. Total distance form 212 yards to 239 yards in one swing. Right down the middle of the fairway.
Will have club speed back in triple digits soon .
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