Putting

Good putters are made!

There are 3 main components to becoming a great putter:

1 – Make sure the putter face points at your target.

2 - Solidness of contact (is very important)

Common mistakes: If the clubface is open at impact you will hit toward the toe of the club resulting in putts which roll right of the target. If the clubface is closed at impact you will tend to hit off the heal of the putter. Both misses will cause you to come up short of the hole. Instead of blaming the slowness of the greens or hitting ball harder try instead to improve your "solidness of hit" 

 

Fix: Avoid unnecessary movements such as moving the knees or legs. Try to just use your shoulders and arms to make the stroke. No movement in knees or legs; go back and through about the same distance

 

3- Path fairly straight back and through

Try to keep the length of your back and forward stroke the same length and pace.

 

Keep these three key things in mind and your putting will begin to improve. Best of all you will make more putts!

 

Bunker play

can seem intimidating for many players who don't know the basic fundamentals for getting out. Fear not! If you follow the tips listed below you will learn to become more comfortable in your escape from the sand!

 

Green-side Bunker Shots

 

Set-up

  • Your stance should be wide

  • Align your body square to slightly open to your target

  • Weight slightly in forward foot

  • Open the the clubface then place your top hand on the club in a "weak" position with the thumb pointing down the grip

The Stroke

  • Swing with a full, unhurried tempo; use an upward very steep backswinh, cock the wrists upward early and fully

  • Hit the sand 2-3 inches behind the ball. Your lower hand throws the club head into the sand under the ball

  • Swing towards the target and splash the sand in that direction

  • Vary the distance you want the ball to travel with the length of the follow through 

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