Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone
40-45% of the Game of Golf — combining the best golf lore in history with modern
neuroscience for instinctive perceptual and movement processes in putting.
"Every golfer needs four skills every putt."
PERCEIVING WITH INSTINCT
1. Read the putt for target
Find correct orientation of straight uphill "fallline"
at hole perceiving highest point on rim (6-12
on clock) plus level left-right axis of tilt (3-9 line);
use consistent delivery speed to see final 1 meter
of the curve into the hole given fall-line (see #4);
retrace final curve back out and follow all the way
to the ball; extend tangent at ball straight back to
the fall-line for target spot; use fall-line target spot
as 2nd "hole" for straight putt with right touch
(same delivery speed to imaginary hole as used to
read putt into real hole); commit to imaginary line
and distance for usual delivery into 2nd "hole."
2. Aim straight at target "hole" on fall-line
Stand behind the ball and use shaft as visual
ruler to "connect the dots" of ball and target; see
spot along shaft edge in front of ball 5-6"; walk
to ball and aim putter face thru center of ball at
aiming spot in front; setup to aimed putter face
with good posture; align neck / throat line parallel
to leading edge of putter face, automatically
aligning shoulder frame parallel (see #3); settle
other joint pairs and stance in comfort and balance
keeping shoulders aligned; "face" ball and
look where face aims; turn head like an apple on
a stick to "face" & learn where putter face aims.
MOVING WITH INSTINCT
3. Putt straight where the putter face aims
Setup to aimed putter by "walking" naturally
hanging hands and arms out to waiting putter
handle without "reaching out" to handle or changing
aim or flatness of sole on surface; set throat
line from center of chin to top of sternum to parallel
top edge of putter face; test distance back from
ball, allowing rear hand to swing free, as only
"sideways" swing is neutral whereas hand’s swing
to thigh or nose is too far back or close; anchor
lead hip for backstroke; perform last "touch"
look at target (see #4); "join in" on-going internal
sense of swinging back & thru, shoving putter sole
back & up with lead shoulder into swing, keeping
"triangle" form (2-3 muscle tone on scale of
1-10) with dead hands / arms "riding" swing; stop
/ hold neck line still at midline in thru-stroke once
torso resquares itself; allow putter to define own
forward trajectory with momentum moving lead
shoulder vertically upwards from ball of lead foot.
4. Putt with the usual tempo and touch
Internalize sense of green speed using practice
green "core putt" (2 balls putted same distance
with same backstroke size & downstroke tempo
to allow green to show how your stroke, putter,
ball, & tempo work on today’s surface) to register
& calibrate usual backstroke-force relations
with your tempo; perceive adjustment to exact
speed on green on course plus uphill / downhill
effect(s); setup with neck / throat (see #2 & 3); rotate
face & head (like an "apple on a stick" of neck
axis thru top of head) down target line to second
"hole" as if watching a perfect putt with realtime
motion, achieving correct neck angle from
ball to target, teaching body "here" & "there" for
instinctive stroke size; rotate face back to ball; allow
balance / vision to settle; "jump in" ongoing
tempo swinging by starting putter back instinctively;
allow instincts to "size" top of backstroke;
stay with usual downstroke timing.
With sense of green speed, roll face to & back from target, make an instinctive backstroke & hold
still. Look, pull the trigger with backstroke timing, do nothing. Stroke itself goes straight.
Read, aim, putt straight at target with good touch — INSTINCTIVELY
"Once I start the putter back, it seems the stroke completes itself."
-- Ben Crenshaw summarizing his stroke after 35 years of experience.
Geoff Mangum: puttingzone.com firstname.lastname@example.org 001 (336) 340-9079
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