Pro's Corner

The Putting Stroke

By John Leach

There are many effective strokes, but the most common today is a sweeping pendulum type motion. The shoulders, arms, and hands work as a unit, but they are not rigid. There will be some natural movement of the arms and hinging of the hands, especially in the longer stroke.

The stroke is made with both hands, neither dominating.

The back swing should be low and slow. The forward swing smoothly accelerates the putter head through the ball. Your follow through should be slightly longer than the back swing.

The distance the ball rolls is determined by the length of your back swing. However, on the very longest putts there will be a smooth "hit" with the hands.

There are many different strokes, whichever you use, I feel it is important to keep your eyes still throughout the stroke.

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