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TJ Tomasi

TJ Tomasi, Match Posture with Path, Golf Tips (Nov. 2006): --

Jeff Ritter

Jeff Ritter, No Frills Putting Drills, Golf Tips (Oct 2006): --

Dan Pasquareillo

Dan Pasquariello, Try the Trple Grip, Golf Tips (Sep 2006) -- Oddly, this is the grip I teach, and have been using and teaching for about six years now.

Todd Sones, Setup Like a pro, Golf Tips (Sep 2006) --

Brady Riggs

Brady Riggs, Putt in rhythm, Golf Tips (Aug 2006) -- an even, smooth putting rhythm is vital to good distance control and accuracy of stroke.

Dr Craig Farnsworth, One-Hand Control, Golf Tips (Aug 2006) -- whichever hand is least adept at making a straight stroke needs attention.

Golf Digest Aug 2006

Jim Flick

Hank Haney

Jim Flick , Use Soft Wrists to Coax Ball Downhill, Golf Digest (Aug 2006): 48 -- Let the putterhead pass the hands for a soft roll; Hale Irwin is self-taught and learned many techniques thru experimentation with different ideas; "For example, on slick downhillers he discovered that he should hold the putter more lightly than usual and allow the putterhead to pass the hands through impact. His left wrist actually cups a little on the follow-through." Added loft gives added backspin and this gives a soft touch and a slow but true roll that trickles down the slope.

Hank Haney, Twelve Things Tiger Taught Me, Golf Digest (Aug 2006): 88-95 -- 10: How to read greens: To visualize path to hole and to see the picture of the putt, Tiger stands on the high side halfway to the hole and makes practice strokes as if finishing off the putt from there, then returns to ball and adds first section of putt to his picture.

Golf Monthly Aug 2006

Paul McGinley


Paul McGinley, Pressure Points: Putting under Pressure, Golf Monthly (Aug 2006): 103-105 -- Pre-shot routine: clean and place ball showing only white; waqlk the hole 360 degrees to feel slope with feet ; stand behind ball and visualize path of putt into hole for a positive state of mind; two practice wsings beside the ball; deliver ball to hole with dead weight to reduce lip outs; Stroke: short and sweet to withstand pressure and to maintain positive action thru ball; Pre-round Warmup: for learning pace of greens; hit balls to opposite fringe, then putt to a close hole with on-course concentration.

Editors, Know the Rules: Darren Clarke's ball-marking incident at the BMW, Golf Monthly (Aug 2006): 123-124 -- Rule 20-3a provides that any movement of the marker incurs no penalty so long as the movement is caused by the hand or the ball during replacement of the ball; otherwise, moving the marker incurs a 1-shot penalty and the marker must be replaced at original position. Darren Clarke dropped his ball on his marker and it flipped and changed position (1-stroke penalty and he missed the cut by 1 stroke). Colin Montgomery on another occasion dropped his marker on his ball and the ball moved, also incurring a penalty. After moving marker at request of another player, failure to replace the marker at original position before playing ball incurs 2-stroke penalty (or match-play loss of hole).

Golf Magazine Aug 2006

Paul Trittler

Dave Pelz

Paul Trittler, How to Make a Solid Putting Stroke: You and your shadow can groove a perfect movement, Golf Magazine (Aug 2006): 54 -- Keep your head still for solid, online putts; setup with sun flush to your back and shadow in front of your stance and locate two balls on either side of your head's shadow; make putts without the head swaying outside the two balls; no peeking.

Dave Pelz, All My Secrets: Insights from 30 years, Golf Magazine (Aug 2006): 116-128 -- Restatements of earler tips, mostly wedge tips (7 pages vs 3 for putting); putter face at impact more important than path -- 83% face error translate to line whereas only 17% path error translate to line; 3 keys: read, start line, touch; Tiers: imagine a 2nd hole past real hole when going up tiers; Chip-putt long putts; Speed: "You must find a way to roll putts 17 inches past the hole (when they miss). Research proves that putts have a greater chance of finding the cup (regardless of putt length) when the ball rolls at this speed." [What research? Pelz's ONLY published data proves this is NOT true and he personally says so -- See Larry Dennis, Die your putts at the hole and you're dead, Golf Digest (Jul 1977), pp 52-55, where Pelz presents his data and concludes there is not one optimum go-by speed for all putts, but the go-by distance depends upon green grass type and playing condition, with good bent grass having an optimum of between 5-10", bad bent between 10-15" -- with 17" being too long for ANY bent green -- and good bermuda between 20-30", and bad bermuda between 30-40" -- with 17" being too short for ANY bermuda green. So far as I am aware, Pelz has NO data other than this, and his "charts" he draws are not real and falsify what his data actually is as he reports in 1977.]

Golf Illustrated Jul / Aug 2006

Kris Moe

Laura Lee Dovey

Kris Moe, Boredom Beating Putting Drills, Golf Illustrated (Jul-Aug 2006): 51-56 -- arcing or "swinging gate" stroke better than straight-back, straight-thru stroke; eyes inside, not directly above ball; ball below bridge of nose or slightly left of bottom of stroke; "penny drill": stack 2 pennies and putt so that bottom of putter just starts to rise and knocks off only top penny -- to locate bottom of strokeand ball position; "gate drill": 2 tees on either side of ball slightly wider than putter head; "added dimension": place drink bottle in cup for 3rd dimension (height); "developing your stroke path": lay two clubs down to form a railroad track for strokes, each about 3 inches away from ball; "release": make a stroke as if the club on the follow-thru is flying out of your hands to sense the release -- the release keeps the putter head on line from 2-3 inches before the ball to just after impact; "rotating the shoulders": lay putter across chest with putter head to left and then make a stroke that takes putter head out of view of the eyes -- indicates proper shoulder action with a motionless head; "putt two balls at once": place 2 balls in contact side by side and putt both at once to train square impact; "putt a bottle": lay a (plastic) bottle on its side and putt it straight to learn square impact; "keeping your head down": keep eyes on a spot just in front of the ball to keep head still; "putt with eyes closed": eliminates "hit" stroke and makes smooth stroke with ball getting in the way; "cap twisted": twist cap so bill blocks view of target, to discourage peeking; "distance control": distance more important than line, so place 2 clubs parallel to target line on either side of hole about 3-4 feet apart and putt balls to stop within this margin; "hit and hold the finish": as in baseball and dart throwing, holding the finish promotes sense of release and not stopping the putter after impact.

Laura Lee Dovey, Head of Their Class: Putters, Golf Illustrated (Jul-Aug 2006): 60-70 -- putter reviews.

Golf World Jul 2006

Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo, How to Hole More Putts, Golf World (Jul 2006): 133-141 -- Training aids-- a piece of straight wood and two knitting needles tied together with elastic (string line); Putter matches stroke: face balanced putter for straight-back, straight-thru; toe-hang putter for gating stroke; some folks use a hooding action shutting toe on backstroke and opening on thru-stroke to avoid pulls; "The bottom line to putting is that if you do exactly the same thing every time and the initial roll on the ball is good then stick with it."; align shoulders parallel to target line; rock shoulders with passive hands in stroke; don't allow hands to slide ahead of shoulders; don't pick up the putter; 4 key areas to practice: stroke, touch, aiming, reading; 3-4 degrees of loft is the norm so ball can be lifted very gently into gliding across the green; get the impact and follow-thru right and the backstroke will take care of itself; putt for distance, not just to a hole; read putts from behind the hole: concentrate on last 6 feet and read this from and "visualise the path the ball with take into the hole and then trace the arc back." Reading too little break: causes the subconscious to assume control and putt higher by opening the blade "to keep it on line longer" [GM: this applies only to R-L breaks for a RH golfer. I don't believe this is what happens -- instead, golfers try to help ball uphill because they subconsciously want the ball to "end up" at the target instead of in the hole and so subconsciously "guide" the putt uphill, when they should "start" the ball straight at the target and allow it to break to the hole.]; use elevated string line to practice breaking putts to commit to a straight start line; on faster greens allow for more break;

Today's Golfer Jul 2006

Nick Clemens

Karl Morris

Nick Clemens, Path to Success: Faced with a tricky double-breaking putt? Master the art of green reading, Today's Golfer (Jul 2006), pp 74-75 -- stalk the surface to learn the contours; identify the "breaking point" nearest the hole where the path turns straight towards the hole; practice a stroke straight at hole from here; at ball, start ball on line with pace to reach breaking point "so it rolls down gently to the hole."

Karl Morris, Seeing is Believing: "See Off" those pressure putts by focusing on the line, Today's Golfer (Jul 2006), pp 98-99 -- burn image of line into brain with practice stroke behind ball; go with first impression of read; at address look at hole and react -- look and go; practice holding images in your mind; "look at the line of a putt with 'soft eyes'. Allow the image of the line to come to you, instead of staring intently."

David Howell

David Howell, How to Master the Short Stick, Golf International (Jun 2006): -- 32" putter for a player 6'1" tall; straight-back, straight-thru stroke path; practice with Eyeline putting track; keep your head still; bend at hips to get top of back level with ground to promote pendulum stroke; stroke slightly upward thru the ball; practice pressure; practice pace by having putts end up past hole if they miss but not over 18" past so comeback is a tap-in.

Golf Pages May 2006

Colin Ancsell

Colin Ancsell, Putting Posture First, Golf Pages (Spr-Sum 2006): 70-71 -- Eyes over ball, eyeline parallel to target line; Look to the hole with movement of the head alone, not the shoulders, as this misaligns the setup; Hang arms naturally and feed the club into the naturally hanging hands; Shoulder stroke drill: trap club shaft beneath both arms across chest while making strokes to coordinate shoulders; Drop the ball from left eye rather than bridge of nose to find proper ball position beneath eyes.

Golf Digest Jun 2006

Stan Utley

Stan Utley, 3 Steps to great putting Try my feel-based system for improving on the greens, Golf Digest (Jun 2006) -- "To make more putts, you need to have a solid, consistent stroke, but before that, two other things have to be right. You have to be able to read the green to know where to hit your putt. And you have to be able to take that read and set yourself up accurately so that a good stroke will make the ball go in the hole." Read: See the ball on a path to the high point of the break. Hit to the apex and let the ground take care of the rest. Setup: Grip, stance and alignment are the building blocks for great flow. Grip handle on line with forearm in palms; bend from hips for good release; setup square with joint pairs. Stroke: Square to the arc, not to the target line. "If you're standing to the side of the ball to hit a putt, to make the putter go straight back and straight through along the target line, you would actually have to close the putterface in the backstroke and then open it coming through relative to the shaft plane. This is why you might feel like you slice some of your putts.That's the opposite of what you do for anything else in the game, from a driver swing to a short pitch, and it's also not the best way to do something consistently, time after time. Letting the putterface move in an arc and stay square to that arc is what will make the ball go where you're aiming, with a bigger margin for error and less need for practice."

Golf Digest Apr 2006

Ernie Els

Ernie Els, How a putter change has fixed my stroke, Golf Digest (Apr 2006) -- Stand taller (increase putter length 1") and not slumped and stand a little closer to allow the putter to release to the left more past impact.

Golf Digest Mar 2006

Hank Haney

Frank Thomas

Hank Haney, Putting with Tiger, Golf Digest (Mar 2006) -- "When I watch Tiger putt, I'm looking to see that he's not getting away from the fundamentals he learned from his father, Earl -- setting up square to the target with his eyes, arms and shoulders, with his arms hanging comfortably from his sides with very little tension. Tiger stays so steady with his head and body when he putts, something that's a constant with great putters. I'm just there as an extra pair of eyes to tell him what I'm seeing if he asks. I don't think Earl gets enough credit for the lessons he taught Tiger. When Tiger struggled on the greens last year, he went back to what Earl taught him and worked it out."

Frank Thomas, Frank Talk: The long putter, Golf Digest (Mar 2006) -- "Does the long putter reduce the chances of making a bad stroke? Perhaps excessively, especially once you examine the major errors capable of creeping into your stroke: 1. Raising the putter up and down, caused mainly by bending the elbows too much. 2. Fanning the blade open or closed. 3. Forcing the putterhead to stay lower to the ground going back, thus knocking it off the proper arc, usually the result of uneven shoulder action. 4. Changing the shaft angle, as in a forward press. 5. Moving the putter in and out in the toe/heel direction toward or away from the feet. 6. Moving the putter back and forward along the intended target and stroke line. If you can eliminate the role of certain body parts, then you eliminate the associated errors. That's really what a long putter does. By locking the long putter into the sternum and creating a pivot point, a golfer no longer has the opportunity to move the putter up and down or take it back on a path other than a pure arc. The long shaft, locked to your chest with one hand, and gripped in the middle by the other, also eliminates wrist action and thereby errors relating to shaft angle and putterhead rotation. So the long putter eliminates four of six degrees of freedom: 1, 2, 3, 4 (see 1, 2 and 3 illustrated below). Of course, longer putts require more feel, so eliminating degrees of freedom might make it harder to feel distance. Ideally, you'd use a long putter for short putts and a short putter for long putts."

Golf Digest Feb 2006


Butch Harmon

Justin Leonard

Editors, Putters: 26 on hot list, Golf Digest (Feb 2006) -- Top 26 putters sorted by mallets vs blades, noting MOI and putterhead weight, along with advice about selection and fitting.

Butch Harmon Practice lag putting before you play, Golf Digest (Feb 2006) -- First-hole putts are usually 40-050 footers, so practice lags in the warmup; putt from one side of green to the other and then back again. "As for technique, the common mistake on long putts is taking the putter back too short and trying to smash the ball. Instead, make a longer, slower backstroke, so you have something to hit with and some room to accelerate the putter (above). Do this for 10 minutes before you play, putting the length of the green, and you'll get off to a smooth start." Sometimes switching to a radically different putter will boost slumping performance.

Justin Leonard : Justin Leonard's pet shot -- making the long putt, Golf Digest (Feb 2006) -- Don't leave yourself many 50 footers to start with; uphill aim past the hole; downhill aim short of the hole; pace is more important than line.

Golf Tips Magazine

Instruction Annual 2006

David Wright

David Wright, Putting Rx, Golf Tips Magazine Instruction Annual (2006): 54-59 -- setup fundamentals for a sound stroke: ball position neutral, whereas ball too far back closes shoulder line and ball too far forward opens shoulder line; eye position for accurate view of hole; neutral weight in feet avoids pushes (toe-weight) and pulls (heel-weight); neutral hand position with ars naturally hanging beneath shoulders.

Golf Digest Dec 2005

Stewart Cink

David Leadbetter

Hank Haney


Stewart Cink, How I went 351 holes without a three-putt, Golf Digest (Dec 2005) -- 1. Downhill: Downhill putts, especially the big breakers, have two parts: your putt and then gravity's putt. 2. Uphill: Uphill putts, particularly those to a second tier, are all about distance. 3. Drill: Testy four-footers are the ones that can make or break a round. When I was at Georgia Tech, former golf coach Puggy Blackmon used to make us do this tee drill before we could leave practice. 4. Why I tried the belly putter: Belly putters encourage a solid stroke that releases naturally with no extra effort.

David Leadbetter, Keep your elbows in to stop slicing putts, Golf Digest (Dec 2005) -- To get the ball rolling on the proper line, learn to control the putter with a combination movement of the chest, shoulders, hands and arms. Grip the putter with your palms opposing and your elbows snug against your rib cage. Make a shorter stroke going back, feeling your arms and hands staying connected and in front of your chest as your shoulders rock up and down. Practice with a head cover tucked beneath each armpit to stay connected.

Hank Haney, Improve your chipping and putting, Golf Digest (Dec 2005) -- A realease in putting requires left wrist in line with forearm, and high hands and a downward cocking of wrists impedes a good release.

Editors, Time to change putters? Putter fitting can help, Golf Digest (Dec 2005) -- "It's part of the experience at high-end fitting studios like Hot Stix in Scottsdale, but it's also increasingly available at the fitter down the street. For example, Mitchell Golf's computer-based, high-speed camera system costs about $3,000, and other analysis systems on the market include the P3ProSwing and EDH FlightScope. "Just being able to record the data and replay the video provides immediate feedback," says Ed Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Golf. "These are the same variables that tour players are looking at when they're getting custom-fit for the right putter." Not just for new putters, a high-tech putter fitting might let you keep old reliable in the bag. With a high-speed camera system, a fitter can see whether the putter is even with the ground coming into the ball. A camera can also measure loft, aim, contact at impact and skid distance."

Golf Digest Nov 2005

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, Short putts, Golf Digest (Nov 2005) -- "I placed two tees in the ground slightly wider than my putter, on a level lie about three feet from the hole. Using six balls, I hit 12 putts with my right hand only, then six with both hands. I continued this exercise until I made 100 straight. If I missed, I started over. I did this before and after each round and found that it really helped me on the course with my short putts. Gradually, I moved the tees back to about four feet from the hole. I continued this practice routine at my next few tournaments and missed about five putts out of 4,000, which is pretty good. It's a great drill to keep you paying attention. You'd be surprised how sharp your focus becomes when the consequence is starting over."

Golf Digest Oct 2005

Todd Sones

Tiger Woods

Todd Sones, Take Aim at Great Putting, Golf Digest (Oct 2005) -- Setup: Grip in palms, steup square with hip bend and feel stacked on hips and feet, shaft vertical with butt aimed just left of sternum and ball slightly forward; keep head still; drop rear hand off grip to see that it swings free only sideways; Stroke: learn solid impact as basis of good touch; bigger backstroke, not faster, for longer putts; stroke path naturally arcs but straight-back, straight-thru stroke is okay as this has golfer more tuned to path of hands than path of putterhead and not good to watch putterhead; make gate of 2 tees wider than ball but not putterhead and position 6 inches in front of ball, so ball shoots between tees but tees stop putterhead short to grove a compact, accelerating stroke; use a low stringline to practice keeping stroke low and level thru impact; Pre-shot routine: read from behind ball and go with first read; setup and make a realistic practice stroke then and feel distance then slide putter behind ball; trace path to hole with eyes; keep image of hole in mind and putt without delay.

Tiger Woods, Your putter can be a weapon from off the green, Golf Digest (Oct 2005) -- Texas wedge from off the green; When there is short grass and no obstacles from ioff the green, amateurs should putt rather than chip; amateurs don't practice chipping enough to be better at this than at putting; "I walk off the distance to the green and from the green to the hole to get a feel for the putt. Everything else in my setup--light grip, ball slightly forward, head still--is the same. Getting quick or short with your stroke in either direction will hurt your distance control and prevent you from hitting it solid."

Golf World Sep 2005

Michael Campbell and Jonathan Yarwood

Michael Campbell and Jonathan Yarwood, How we built a putting stroke to win the US Open, Golf World (Sep 2005), pp 119-123 -- when he arrived at Pinehurst, Campbell's putting was bad; had him stand taller, avoid his left-wrist breaking down; used a one-arn drill (right) to get feel of club moving inside on the right line; set a peg beside the hole on breaking putts to learn to commit to line and allow break to happen; use a routine that always has same timing.

Golf Monthly Sep 2005

Barney Puttick

Barney Puttick, Total game plan: putting, Golf Monthly (Sep 2005), pp 91-98 -- shoulder stroke with overlapping grip in smooth tempo with a still lower body; practice stroke with right hand only; lean club butt against right hip while putting to test stillness of lower body; ball position 2 inches forward of spine for impact on the upswing with better roll; grip 2 inches lower on faster greens to make stroke shorter; better feel from allowing a slight wrist hinge at top of backstroke; use driver as a belly putter to practice stroke fundamentals; don't look up until after a count of 2 past impact; on practice green, try letting the head "turn" (not "lift up") with the thru-stroke in order to see the result; on short putts, avoid anxiety by focusing on a spot along the line.

Today's Golfer Sep 2005


Editors, Hole more short putts, Today's Golfer (Sep 2005), p 96-- treat short putts as no more challenging than a simple tap-in; place two rubber bands across the face of the putter to define sweetspot impact.

Golf Digest Sep 2005

David Leadbetter

Sean Hanley

David Leadbetter, One simple rule for making short putts, Golf Digest (Sep 2005), p 56-- accelerate thru the ball -- place a tee peg behind the ball to force a shorter backstroke, which forces a more accelerating thru-stroke; the thru-stroke past the ball should be longer than the backstroke.

Sean Hanley, Golf Digest School Drills for driving, ball-striking and putting, Golf Digest (Sep 2005) -- "To develop a confident stroke from short range, stick a tee in the back of a cup and try to roll the ball into the tee. This simple drill will make you more aggressive and, therefore, more consistent on short putts, turning those borderline rounds into good scores."


Golf Magazine Sep 2005

Chuck Winstead

Chuck Winstead, How to be automatic from 5 feet, Golf Magazine (Sep 2005), p 76 -- line perpendicular to putter face; place a tee peg at the lip on a breaking putt and putt around it into cup; on an uphill putt, place a tee peg horizontally in the back wall of the hole and make the ball hit it going in; on a downhill putt, place a tee peg horizontally in the back wall of the hole and miss the peg as the ball goes into the cup.

Golf Digest Aug 2005

Donny Lee

Mike Stachura

Donny Lee, Golf Digest School Widen your putting stance on windy days, Golf Digest (Aug 2005) -- "A firm base will help prevent swaying, so stand with your feet farther apart than usual and try to make your normal putting stroke."; Grip putter lightly: "The tighter you squeeze, the harder it is to make a natural, rhythmic stroke. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an extra light grip and 10 being a strangle hold, grip the putter at 5 or lower."; Iffy feel on course: before leaving hole, practice a 10-footer while looking at hole to "engrain feel" for distance and get back on track for next hole.

Mike Stachura, New Looks: Score lines Tiny grooves are the next big thing in putter design, Golf Digest (Aug 2005) -- "Today a slew of puttermakers are attempting to reduce the negative early launch and spin conditions of a putt through the use of a grooved face. The Two Bar putter from GUERIN RIFE uses tiny four-thousandths-of-an-inch wide grooves that, designer Guerin Rife says, grab the cover of the ball and impart forward spin ($200, guerinrife.com). You see similar ideas in the C-Groove putters from YES! GOLF ($170, yesgolf.com) and the String Putter ($100, stringputter.com). The idea's not new: Top-Flite had a Micro-Groove putt-er in 1997. And now TaylorMade, one of the leaders in golf-equipment technology, has investigated the idea of grooves with the full brunt of its resources (what one company insider called millions in research and development). The result is a new family of Rossa putters that come in five styles and feature 12 computer-milled grooves in its weight-saving, seven-metal face insert, or what the company calls Anti-skid Groove System Insert (AGSI). The grooves, which are one-third the width of a typical iron groove and 50 percent closer together, are filled with a soft polymer to dampen vibration. "Most grooves on putters are rigid, and passive at impact," says Benoit Vincent, director of research and development for TaylorMade. "Because these grooves are softer, they are active and work to get the roll part of a putt started sooner." ($179 for Monza Corza, $150 for CGB, taylormadegolf.com)."

Mike Stachura, The Distance Myth, Golf Digest (Aug 2005) -- Stats over 20 years prove that Putting and Approach iron play are more valuable to scoring and winning than driver distance or accuracy.



Athlon Sports - Golf 2005

Rob Akins and Charlie King

Rob Akins and Charlie King, Golf's Red Zone Challenge -- Chapter 4: Putting , Athlon Sports -- Golf Annual 2005, pp 28-45 -- Roll the ball well; roll the ball on line; green reading; practice tips. [Nice drills for each section; pretty sound throughout; uses natural tempo of putter! Rob is pretty good on putting -- works with David Toms, Loren Roberts and the "Memphis Mob".]

Golf Illustrated (Jul-Aug 2005)

Joe Vavra with Al Bakow

Joe Vavra and Al Barkow, Dead solid putts -- online every time, Golf Illustrated (Jul-Aug 2005), pp 46-52 -- slight arcing stroke with neutral hands; stroke timeing always the same "speed" in the pendulum action. Bigger stroke going uphill.

Golf Digest Jul 2005

Joseph Parent

Joseph Parent, Breaking 100: For better feel on the greens, learn to see the bigger picture, Golf Digest (Jul 2005), p 194 -- high-handicap golfers focus on the distance "between" the ball and cup and subconsciously "can't go past the distance and rarely even get the ball to the hole" [GM: that's a pretty suspect claim]; walk to hole with eyes closed; if you're short, you need to focus more broadly on the whole green and the area around and past the hole in order to "have better feel for the real distance." [GM: note the vagueness about the perceptual processes and the notion of "feel".]

Joseph Parent, Breaking 90: Stroke your knee-knockers as if they're tap-ins, Golf Digest (Jul 2005), p 197 -- "trying too hard" causes problems such as "steering" or "coaxing" the putt; tap-in stroke is more instinctive.

Joseph Parent, Breaking 80: Breathe away tension; Stop self-sabotage, Golf Digest (Jul 2005), p 199 -- before setting up, male a slow out-breath as if thru a straw to settle mind and body into a relaxed state; on crucial putts, tune into the situation, not the implications: instead of thinking "This is a five-footer for the match", think "This is a ball, five feet of grass and a hole, and I know how to do this." [GM: doing what you know is necessary to give the putt its best chance is the best approach in all situations, including pressure situations.]

Golf Digest Jun 2005

Rick Smith

Bob Toski

Peter Morrice

Stan Utley

Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott

Chuck Cook

Rick Smith, Phil Mickelson's putting drill, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), pp 73-74 -- Taught to him by Jackie Burke, Phil uses the circle drill for two purposes: 1. to groove a confident stroke without "steering" the ball into a cup seen in peripheral vision; and 2. to render any short putt just another in an endless succession of short putts to relieve pressure on the course. Drill: place ten balls in a circle about 3 feet out and hole each in turn, then repeat this ten times for 100 putts in a row without a miss. [GM: Danger, danger! Will Robinson! practicing this way on a flat, level area of the practice green may lead to misreading a short putt on a tilted green on the 17th hole at Shinnecock Hills and a three-putt that blows the US Open!]

Bob Toski, Putting feel: keep the pressure in the hands constant, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), p 172 -- "Players push and pull putts because they change the grip pressure in different parts of their hands." -- changing finger pressure = pull; changing heel pressure = push; alignment: setup with toe of putter running along a 2x4 board so that eye line is parallel to the line of the board, but with eyes slightly inside the ball rather than directly over the ball -- "Your eyes should be inside the ball because you're used to playing every other shot that way." [GM: More important to be able to set eye-line or skull-line according to the putter head and aim of the putter face, since there won't be any 2x4 allowed on the course. Also, WHY do golfers change pressure in the hands? or WHAT is it about stroke dynamics that results in pressure changes? These questions are the ones we need to understand.]

Peter Morrice, The search for feel -- the sound of putting, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), pp 174-186 -- Testing golfers' predictions of distance putted with ear muffs and with sound-deadening tape on the putter face makes it harder for golfer to assess / guess how far a given stroke will send the ball. Use "tone" to represent "effort level".

Stan Utley, Teaching feel to tour players, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), pp 188-19 -- in putting, tension in upper back and shoulders prevents a natural stroke on an arc -- at address, the coach can tap the shoulders and tell the golfer to "let the air out" and the shoulders will relax and drop as much as two inches. As with Craig Stadler, swinging the putter on a slight arc is swinging the putter on plane. [GM: I don't see any "feel" here.]

Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, How to turn feel into real, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), pp 204-210 -- use a metronome to groove tempo and avoid inconsistency day to day; putt blindfolded and place a golf glove in the cup to cushion and deaden out auditory feedback in order to develop a better sense of feel for distance and avoid getting "line drunk" or "line bound"; to make the putt less intellectual and more kinesthetic, move the image of the target out of the head and into the gut. {GM: brain research shows using a metronome is not a great idea -- makes you straight-jacketed and awkward. There's a much better way.]

Chuck Cook, Prepping Payne [Stewart]: How I helped my friend and longtime student make a game plan for taming Pinehurst's diabolical greens, Golf Digest (Jun 2005), pp 257-262 -- 1999 US Open: correctly guessing the Sunday pin placement on 18th hole allowed Payne to practice the expected final putt; this taught him that his read was wrong, that the ball broke the opposite way it seemed it would, and he was able to learn to trust the correct read. "It was really hard to trust myself on that last putt. It looked like it would break the other way, but I knew from our practice that it was going the way it went!"

Play Better Golf Jun-Jul 2005

Robert Karlsson


Robert Karlsson, The putting edge, Play Better Golf 3(3) (Jun Jul 2005), p 40 -- posture: eyes over ball with weight a little favoring left (target) side.

Golf World Jun 2005

Carly Cummins

Carly Cummins, "The first putting technology worthy of the new century", Golf World (Jun 2005), pp 56-58 -- Science and Motion (SAM) PuttLab system profiled. [GM: The article title is a quotation from me on the SAM website.]

Golf Monthly May 2005

Luke Donald


Luke Donald, One-handed practice stroke, Golf Monthly (May 2005), p 94 -- make the practice stroke for the putt only with the right hand to feel weight and release of putter head, then add left hand solely for stability. "Dropping my left hand off the grip lets the weight of the putterhead control the pace and shape of the stroke." [GM: Good idea, wrong hand -- makes golfer "armsy" whereas doing this with left or target-side hand is less likely to encourage "armsiness" or "hit consciousness".]

Editors, Drive for show, putt for dough, Golf Monthly (May 2005), p 174 -- since 1998, European Tour players have increased average drives by 20 yards from 267 to 287 yards but greens in regulation stats have slightly fallen (from 66.5% to 66.4%); putting improvement plus better up-and-down accounts for 0.22 improvement in stroke from 72.4 to 71.82. Putts per round have improved from 30.1 to 29.7 average (0.4 per round) and putts per GIR have improved from 21.65 to 21.40. Top-10 drivers by distance collectively earned 7.5 million pounds, but top-10 putters earned double that; in US, top-10 putters earned $15.5 million more than group of top-10 drivers.

Golf Digest May 2005

Tiger Woods

Tom Watson

Hank Johnson

Jim McLean

Frank Thomas


Tiger Woods, Feel + technique Confidence on the greens depends on good mechanics, Golf Digest (May 2005) -- "Sometimes I'm not hitting the ball solidly, which affects speed and direction. I use the tee drill (above) to get back to hitting the ball in the middle of the putterface. Placing the ball in the middle of two tees just slightly wider than the putterhead also helps me square the face to my target through impact. I also prefer a putting stroke that swings a little inside going back, squares up at impact and releases to the inside after impact. It's more natural. Keeping my head perfectly still until the ball is gone, and trusting my stroke, also help me hit putts solidly."

Tom Watson, Aim the face first -- set your stance to the putter, not the other way around, Golf Digest (May 2005), p 52 -- It's hard to aim accurately from beside the ball, so aim the face from behind the putter and then step around and address the putter as aimed; don't look up until after a count of one past impact; widen stance in wind; "Maintain your eye line by swiveling your head back and forth to lovck in the target. Don't lift your head up to look." [GM: A little confused, but better than usual.]

Hank Johnson, How to find your putting line, Golf Digest (May 2005), pp 125-128 -- straight putts under an elevated string line, align line of ball with string and stroke so that ball line rolls true without wobbling; breaking putts, lay down a string along the curvature of the path and putt on the high / outside of the string so that ball enters heart of cup at end of path; long lag putts, lay a section of string down sideways across the end of the putt and practice lagging to within 2 feet from at least 30 feet away. Trigger your stroke automatically, such as by aiming putter, adopting setup, completing grip, taking one last look, and starting stroke with trust of line and stroke.

Jim McLean, Breaking 100 etc.: Excerpts from book The Three Scoring Clubs re putting, Golf Digest (May 2005), pp 239-241, 246 -- rock the shoulders so the triangle stays intactm smoothly back and thru on an even tempo, like a car on cruise control, with longer strokes for longer putts; set up head and eyes ("eye-line") so that you see the line accurately from beside the ball; left hand helps square the putter face, while many prefer the right or dominant hand, but stroke putts one-handed either way to develop fluid stroke with "feel for distance"; reverse overlap (standard) grip "encourages a uniform connection with your hands"; "To ensure that your hands work together, make sure both thumbs point down the putter shaft, with the back of the left hand facing the target."; a putting stroke follows sane path both hands follow when clapping in front of your lap, not a straight line; long backstroke and short follow-thru prevents decelerating at impact; experimenting and changing putters and styles can help get you back to a sound stroke.

Frank Thomas, Center-shafted vs. Heel-shafted putters, Golf Digest (May 2005), p 258 -- only difference is "feel" not impact rotation.

[GM: not very scientific to use vague terms like "feel"; also, shafting does affect rotation as well as vertical gear effect; confusion in this article: "A putter that is face balanced is more efficient for a smooth, straight-back, straight-through stroke, but you can have a face-balanced putter in many hosel forms." The concept of "efficiency" is very vague -- he probably should say "better suited as less apt to have toe-flow during the stroke"; also, this statement contradicts opinion that shafting does not matter to stroke dynamics; finally, it is not true that "many hosel forms" are used in face-balanced putters -- the shaft always aims to the center of the putter head toe to heel, regardless of the hoseling, plus the weighting of the head is adjusted to counteract any odd hoseling that may otherwise upset the balancing.]

Golf Stroke Saver #25 (2005)

Jack Nicklaus

Tony Dear

Jack Nicklaus, Nine putting lessons, Golf Stroke Saver #25 (2005), 24-27, 70-71: 1. the weight of the putter is the most important feature in selection; 2. lag into a 6-foot circle; 3. spot putt; 4. "unweight" the putter off the ground for a smooth takeaway; 5. keep the heel matching the toe for a square stroke; 6. to avoid flicking the putter thru impact, place the grip in the palms, not the fingers; 7. use a piston-type stroke action; 8. stroke up on bumpy greens; 9. don't overpractice -- focus on tempo and a square stroke, and once you get that going, stop.

Tony Dear, Putting with confidence, Golf Stroke Saver #25 (2005), 12-14, 16, 60-62: [excerpt from his bookm Good Golf Made Easy (CollinsWillow, 2000)] -- back of left hand, palm of right hand face target in grip; grip tightly; don't crouch too low in setup; never position eyes beyond the ball; never position ball closer to rear foot than middle of stance; ball positioned directly beneath the eyes is best; make the shoulder rock with steady knees and a still head; use a one-two tempo; on short putts be bold and aim for the back of the cup; Colin Montgomerie tries to hole 200 3-4' putts in a row; lag to a big circle using your usual tempo; reading break only comes with experience thru the development of a sixth sense; all putts are straight; aim at the apex of the break; four drills: 1. putt right-handed only; 2. place marker beneath ball and watch the marker after ball is struck; 3. lay 2 club shafts down as a putting track; 4. putt to different distances, 10', 20', 30' and 40'.

Golf Illustrated (May-June 2005)

Travis Fulton

Travis Fulton, Conquering the dreaded three-footer, Golf Illustrated (May-June 2005), pp 58-59, 62-64: use the normal pre-shot routine; commit to your line; get comfortable; look and react; setup with eyes above ball, and practice this with a shiny CD to place the ball in; hang arms and hands naturally; set weight on balls of feet, not heels.

Golf World (Apr 2005)

Hugh Marr

Hugh Marr, Putting tip, Golf World (Apr 2005), 161: for a better perspective of the line at address, locate your dominate eye above the ball -- use a wide stance for cross dominance; use a narrow stance for same-side handed and eye dominance.

Golf Lessons 2005 #27

Freddie Jacobson

Colin Montgomerie

Freddie Jacobson, On the green, Golf Lessons (2005) #27, p 41 -- breathe in on backstroke, breathe out on thru-stroke.

Colin Montgomerie, Develop a deadly stroke for conventional and belly putters, Golf Lessons (2005) #27, pp 26-27, 68-70 -- belly putter needs to stay lodged in midriff so there can be no independent hand or arm action [not true -- anchoring in belly fixes distance of hands and curtails lifting but does not prevent twisting or rotating face in undesireable ways];contact ball just a little past the lowest point in the arc; constant pace / tempo and don't look up; anchor butt about 2 inches above belly button; "grip light, not tight" but just tight enough so as not to lose control of putter; swivel head to target, don't lift head to look; stroke with a triangle pendulum action, not hands; shorten backstroke and accelerate thru to avoid decelerating into impact; hit slightly up; once break is read, pick a spot to roll ball over with the right speed; distance is a lot more important than line; lag into a three-foot circle around the hole; no secret for greta touch, just lots of practice and hitting putts uphill and downhill and to different distances and putting with eyes closed; don't read too much break.

Golf Magazine Apr 2005

Eddie Merrins

Nancy Quarcelino


Eddie Merrins, Get short-putt speed, Golf Magazine (Apr 2005), p 22 -- use the same force for short putts as needed to toss a penny to the hole.

Nanacy Quarcelino, See and stroke -- first see the break and then set yourself up right, Golf Magazine (Apr 2005), pp 106-107 -- set putter face using only the lead hand to avoid misaligning shoulders and then square feet up parallel to line; align logo on ball; use an intermediate spot to commit to the line on breaking putts.

Editors, private lessons -- let the putter swing, Golf Magazine (Apr 2005), p 232 -- "Once you pull the putter back, imagine that gravity takes over and accelerates it into the ball. In this smoother version [of the stroke, non-jabbing], sesnse that the putter is swinging itself while letting your arms and fingers stay relaxed -- this gives you better feel and distance control." [YOU BETCHA!!]

Golf Digest Apr 2005

Jim McLean

Billy Casper

Gio Valiante

Jim Mcean, Rolling your ball -- how to setup so you strike your putts with the proper loft, Golf Digest (Apr 2005), p 70 -- play ball inside lead foot and swing into ball about 1/2 inch off surface to hit equator or slightly above.

Billy Casper Interview, Golf Digest (Apr 2005), pp 234-236 -- practicing putting at night in the dark taught him to use his senses better for all of golf.

Gio Valiante, How to play without fear -- Conquer anxiety on the course by making "mastery golf" your goal, Golf Digest (Apr 2005), pp 148-53 -- don't play as a golfer concerned with ego and place in golf, but rather as a player who wants to master the skills of the game. [Same approach as George Leonard]

Golf Illustrated Mar-Apr 2005

Kevin Sprecher

Eric Dunanky

IJ Sheck

Kevin Sprecher, Never three-putt, Golf Illustrated (Mar-Apr 2005), p 46 -- .

Eric Dunankey, Adjust your stance to control distance and tempo on the green, Golf Illustrated (Feb 2005), pp 61, 108 -- .

IJ Sheck, Three Simple Ways to groove your stroke, Golf Illustrated (Feb 2005), pp 62-66 -- keep head down and still; visualize, think distance not speed.

Golf Monthly Mar 2005

Freddie Jacobson

Freddie Jacobson, Short game sharpeners, Golf Monthly (Mar 2005), pp 72-73.

Today's Golfer Feb 2005


Editors, Putters on test, Today's Golfer (Feb 2005)m pp 106-111 -- ranking ten popular putters in a list.

Golf Digest Dec 2004

David Leadbetter

Dale Paluszcyk


David Leadbetter Use your shadow to get behind the ball; tips for improving your putting, Golf Digest (Dec 2004) -- Putt short putts from different locations and get into a rhythm; stroke for feel with only the right hand; Shoulder rock: "You control the putting stroke with a slight turning of the stomach and chest, which produces a compact and coordinated movement of the arms, hands and putter. This pendulum motion also ensures that the shoulders do not rock too vertically, but rather turn around the axis of the spine. To instill a sense of the all-important coordination between the arms and body, hold a clubshaft under your arms, as you see here, and focus on repeating a stroke, with a real sense of the arms and shoulders working together. Simply rock your shoulders and let your stroke run on automatic."

Dale Paluszcyk, The Golf Digest School Reading breaking putts, Golf Digest (Dec 2004) -- First see entry point of ball into cup on breaking putt and then visualize path backwards out of the hole back to ball.

Breaking 80 Play games on the practice green, Golf Digest (Dec 2004) -- Poker: add to putt each 3-putt and draw a card each 1-putt.

Latest Gear: Five new mallet putters, Golf Digest (Dec 2004) -- The new large mallets use backweighting to optimize stability (MOI) to get more roll on off-center hits. Chew on these (left to right): ODYSSEY 2-Ball White Steel. The industry standard receives an update with a milled stainless-steel face insert surrounded by a softer grade of urethane ($175, odysseygolf.com). NEVER COMPROMISE Voodoo Daddy. The aircraft-aluminum construction uses heel-toe struts to improve stability ($210, nevercompromise.com). NIKE Blue Chip Oz T100. The tungsten weight centered in the back puts 30 percent of the head's weight in the rear ($165, nikegolf.com). COBRA Inner Mallet. The traditional-size mallet with a milled-face is extended with a tungsten cap on the back ($150, cobragolf.com). MACGREGOR Designed by Bobby Grace V-Foil GT. The 150 grams of copper screws complement the beryllium-copper milled insert in the face ($225, macgregorgolf.com).

Golf Digest Nov 2004

Jim McLean

Jim McLean, Keep your head steady on short putts, Golf Digest (Nov 2004) 55(11): 48 -- accelerate thru impact; stroke the ball instead of steering it; keep head down until hearing the ball rattle into the cup.

Golf Magazine Nov 2004
(August issue shown)

Rob Sauerhaft

Rob Sauerhaft, Our first ever putter test, Golf Magazine (Nov 2004) 47(11): 121-140 -- 20 "usual suspects" putters tested at Pinehurst No. 2 under Dr Bob Christina for sinks vs misses at various distances -- subjective ratings by those who did the testing plus confusing, hard-to-read-or-use charts of results. Science reduced to mere marketing.

Rob Stock

Rob Stock, Three speeds for less [fewer] three-putts, Golf Tips Magazine (Nov 2004): 28-29 -- slow (front of cup), medium (middle of cup), fast (back of cup) -- use these speeds to sink 3 in a row from 4', 8', 12' and 15' then repeat with an opposite-break putt from the other side of the hole. [Not real clear why someone would three-putt inside 15' or how this drill helps avoid the problem.]

Golf Digest Oct 2004

Hank Haney

Hank Haney, How to beat the putting yips Mark O'Meara overcame them. You can, too, Golf Digest (Oct 2004) -- O'Meara adopted the "claw" grip; "f you think you have the yips, know that there are practical ways to deal with them before your confidence gets destroyed and the game stops being fun. First check your setup. Get your eyes aligned along the target line, and the face of the putter square to the target. For some, this step takes care of the problem. For more serious cases, there are two options: We'll use a series of drills to "short circuit" the yip, or we'll work with different kinds of grips. The goal is to get you less stroke- and ball-conscious. Hitting putts with the toe of the putter, or trying to hit just the top edge of the ball and intentionally top it are two moves that force you to focus on something else besides the same old putting strokeųand same old yip. From there, we graduate to stroking putts with the left hand on the putter normally and with the index finger of the right hand touching the top of the grip. Slowly, the yipper is usually able to work back to getting the right hand on the grip and making a yip-free stroke. Using drills like these, and feedback from the SAM machine, we've seen incredible improvement in average yippers in as little as two or three hours. If you do have the yips, there is hope. The quicker you accept that diagnosis, the quicker you can treat them and get back to making those big putts again."

Golf Monthly Oct 2004

Dave Pelz

Dave Pelz, Fire away -- once you've made a good practice stroke there's no point wasting time, Golf Monthly (Oct 2004): 90-91 -- repeat of Pelz's earlier advice to look at hole, look at ball, start backstroke, make thru-stroke.

Golf Magazine Oct 2004
(August issue shown)

Mark Wood

Neil Morrison

Mark Wood, Putting: Belly Up, Golf Magazine (Oct 2004) 46(10): 95-96, 98, 100 -- belly putter can help avoid missing right and left with a stable arcing stroke without manipulation and can help avoid rear wrist flipping thru impact. Survey of "Top 100" teachers says: Use the belly putter or long putter? 27% Yes; Should belly putter be legal? 71% Yes; Will the USGA and R&A ban the belly putter? 67% No.

Neil Morrison, Choke Signals, Golf Magazine (Oct 2004) 46(10): 152 -- article on golfers under stress in American Journal of Neuroradiology shows adrenaline plus negative thoughts / worries "deactivates" cerebellum, which coordinates motor movement and thoughts, hence making the golfer both "clumsy" and "stupid." [Glad to see these folks finally starting to catch up with my studies of the cerebellum and putting.]

Today's Golfer Sep 2004

Lee Scarbrow

Lee Scarbrow, Break 80 -- Hole more putts, Today's Golfer (Sep 2004): 74-80 -- arms hang relaxedly, right wrist stays soft and hinges subtly going back and releases the angle going thru impact; brush the top half of the ball with an upstroke for pro topspin roll; knee flex uses the backs of the thighs to steady your base and helps prevent shoulders twisting off line as they tend to do over straight legs.

Golf Digest Sep 2004

Justin Leonard

Justin Leonard, How to Make the Clutch Putt, Golf Digest (Sep 2004) 55(9): 113-114, 116-117 -- really just his regular putting techniguque, not about "clutch putting" at all -- set ball with nothing but white dimples showing, use light but constant grip pressure, stand a little closer to the ball to avoid misses right andf left, aim for a breaking spot that is as high as possible, keep the head still on short putts although a little motion on longer putts is ok, use a longer and slower stroke, and die the putts in the hole. A slot cut in the sole from heel to toe makes the pitch of the putter higher at impact -- sound is part of "feel."

Golf Magazine Sep 2004
(August issue shown)

Rick Martino

Turk Pipkin

Rick Martino, Follow the Rule -- Use a ruler to fix your aim on the green, Golf Magazine (Sep 2004) 46(9): 88 -- aim the putter face and then check how you did by putting the butt of a ruler flush against the putter face to reveal the line of your aim.

Turk Pipkin, Grain Man -- Some golfers still love sand greens, Golf Magazine (Sep 2004) 46(9): 138-141 -- profiles of today's sand greens.


Golf International Aug 2004

Diana Luna


Diana Luna, Putting -- A natural approach, Golf International no. 45 (Aug 2004), pp 76-81 -- get comfortable for focus, place eyes over ball, aim the shaft in line with forearms, keep elbows tucked in close to sides to keep the "triangle" connected, don't set the wrists/hands too high (tends to make putter run inside) or too low (tends to make putter run outside), and use a gentle rocking of the shoulders.


Golf Digest Aug 2004

Tiger Woods

GD Editors

Gary McCord

Tiger Woods, Tiger Tips: Making the putt when you have to, Golf Digest (Aug 2004) no. 55(8): 46-47 -- trust your read then focus solely on speed; on breaking putts, focus on a spot on the path and stroke the ball over that spot with good speed while keeping the head still for solid contact.

GD Editors, The Secrets Issue: Ben Hogan and the Yips, Golf Digest (Aug 2004), no. 55(8): 97 -- Valerie Stevens says Ben Hogan's putting yips were caused by the bus accident in 1949, which resulted in deterioration of vision in the left eye to the point that at his last Open (the 1967 US Open at Baltusrol) when Hogan appeared to freeze forever on the greens, he basically could not see anymore out of his left eye.

Gary McCord , Breaking 90: How to drain the three-footers [hit a gutter ball], Golf Digest (Aug 2004), no. 55(7): 180 -- visualize a gutter running from ball to hole and stroke a "gutter ball" for lots of success on three-footers.

Golf Magazine Aug 2004

Sergio Garcia

Scott Sackett

Sergio Garcia, Putting: Can You Feel It?, Golf Magazine (Aug 2004), pp 55-56 -- 30-footers are 2-putts; lag putting is not mechanics but feel; soft and relaxed -- stand close, narrow, open, and use soft hands; swing putter inside to inside, not straight; sweep slightly up thru ball; pose finish.

Scott Sackett, Pinpoint Putting, Golf Magazine (Aug 2004), pp 73-74, 76, 78 -- putt off a CD on the ground; align forearm with shaft; "The putterhead should move on a curved arc."; maintain the triangle; two-tee gate 3" wide at lip; on breaking putts, use the two-tee gate to center the entry path of the breaking ball at the lip; practice stroke behind ball facing down line; aim putter with right hand and setup with right foot first (right-handers); picture a hot iron poised beside your face's target side as you putt to keep the head down; lay a club right in front of the lip and putt 4-footers with enough speed to jump the shaft and into the hole.


Today's Golfer Aug 2004

Jason Brant


Jason Brant, 3 Key Skills for Putting, Today's Golfer (Aug 2004), pp 30-37 -- 1. distance control; 2. handling slopes; 3. controlled aggression.

Golf Monthly Jul 2004

(June issue pictured)

Ian Poulter

Justin Rose

Ian Pouter, The Hole Truth, Golf Monthly (Jul 2004), pp 92-99 -- a fairly substantial and interesting articles from one of the European Tour's best putters -- 1. shoulder rock "backwards and then forwards"; 2. keep the head still; 3. center the putter in the stance with the ball forward; 3. square the body; 4. a little wrist for feel in the stroke is okay -- Drills: 1. use a string line 6-8 inches high and keep the putter low back and thru under the string; 2. putt "blind" by facing straight ahead off into the distance making "feel" strokes; 3. putt with the toe-end; 4. keep the head down until the putt rattles in the cup -- More Tips: 1. borrow more, play bigger breaks; 2. practice routine -- start with 20-footers for green speed touch, then putt straight 6-8 footers and then finish with around-the-hole short putts. I especially like the "blind" putting, as this is something I've been doing for about a year now, and sinking long putts like this utterly unnerves observers!

Justin Rose, Two Dimensions, Golf Monthly (Jul 2004), p 73 -- 1. keep the knees level with a quiet body and the shoulders and arms moving "back and through"; 2. accelerate thru impact.

Play Better Golf Jun-Jul 2004

Merlene Hedbloom

Stuart Dowsett



Marlene Hedbloom, Putting tips, Play Better Golf 2(3) (Jun Jul 2004), pp 20-21 -- 1. putt reading routine; 2. view from behind the hole and from the side; 3. allow 1" extra break; 4. short putts -- don't strike the ball until you see the line.

Stuart Dowsett, 10-second tips that will transform your putting (6 tips), Play Better Golf 2(3) (Jun Jul 2004), pp 29-35 -- 1. putt to a tee; 2. align the putter shaft with the forearm; 3. block your view beyond the hole with your hand above your eyes when looking from behind the ball; 4. aim the grip into the stomach; 5. view the line down low; 6. walk off the putt.

Editors, Picture Perfect -- Phil's setup, Play Better Golf 2(3) (Jun Jul 2004), pp 64-65 -- photos with aspects of Phil Mickelson's setup highlighted.


Golf International Jul 2004

Peter Cowen


Peter Cowen, Instant feed-back -- How to putt like a tour pro, Golf International no. 44 (Jul 2004), pp 68-74 -- European pro coach Pete Cowen uses a Zen oracle to show a good shoulder stroke: pretty good article about using the Zen Oracle putter to train a straight stroke with release of the ball backwards or forwards, nice point about how the putter handle "moves" [wish golf writers would talk about how the golfer moves instead of pretending the club moves], a half-baked effort to describe what he means by "release" of the putter -- nice stroke action not all that well described and the associated movements not taught too well.


Golf Digest Jul 2004

GD Schools

Ted Johnson

Jim Flick

Golf Digest Schools, Controlling the length and tempo of your putting stroke, Golf Digest (Jul 2004) no. 55(7): 52 -- teaching a child to use a "tick-tock" stroke motion.

Ted Johnson, Betting the House [Garage Geniuses who design putters and mortgage the house], Golf Digest (Jul 2004), no. 55(7): 122-24, 125, 128, 131 -- profiles of putter designers Janis Zichmanis (Pure Pendulum Putter), Walt Boettger (Straight 8 Golf's SteadiStroke Putter), Jim Weeks (SeeMore Putter), Alex Gammill (Railgun Putter), David Matthews (Arjun Putter), John Klyve (Clyve Putter), Phil Albenze (String Putter), Scotty Cameron, Bobby Grace, Karsten Solheim.

Jim Flick, Breaking 100: Feeling your greens, Golf Digest (Jul 2004), no. 55(7): 180 -- place five clubs down perpendicular to your line like rungs on a ladder at evenly spaced distances starting out about 10 feet and putt balls to the distance of the butt of each club in a series; focus on the different forces needed for each distance.

Golf Magazine Jul 2004

Martin Hall

Todd Sones

Hilary Lunke

Martin Hall, Putting Thumbs Down, Golf Magazine (Jul 2004), vol. 46(7): 80 -- to keep putter face square on short putts, dig thumb nails into flat top of grip -- keeps wrists from twisting. [This tip is straight out of George Low's book, the Master of Putting.]

Todd Sones, Steady on the Greens, Golf Magazine (Jul 2004), vol. 46(7): 164 -- a "two-club wind" can move a ball one cup's width on a 10-foot putt; the faster the green, the more the wind affects the roll; widen stance to steady body in windy conditions.

Hillary Lunke, Hang Loose, Golf Magazine (Jul 2004), vol. 46(7) -- hang the arms in a relaxed fashion and adopt the grip; then let the right hand come loose and watch if it drifts towards or away from your thinghs; if it stays in line with the handle, your arms are hanging fine; if the right hand drifts in or away, your distance from the ball is off. [This is definitely one of the best tips of the year! Good job, Hilary -- original and useful.]


Golf Illustrated Jun-Jul 2004

Kevin Sprecher

Dave Dolengowski

Kevin Sprecher, Putting tips and drills -- Reading greens, improving your stroke, Golf Illustrated (Jun-Jul 2004), pp 34-38, 40-41 -- don't be afraid of going long on lags; put over club shafts to train trust for getting the ball all the way; read greens from fairway and read grain.

Dave Dolengowski, Improve your putting grip for more consistent results on the green, Golf Illustrated (Jun-Jul 2004), p 14 -- how to fashion a secure and stable reverse overlap grip; last three fingers of left hand firm with shaft more in palm; shaft more in fingers of right hand; left index down back of right fingers.

Golf Digest Jun 2004

Stan Utley

Mike Stachura


Stan Utley , Breaking 70 Roll it like a pro, Golf Digest (Jun 2004) -- Stroke: "One of the first things I check when I'm giving a putting lesson is that all the parts are moving in correct proportion. The clubhead is at the end of the stroke, so it needs to lead the swing and move a greater distance than the hands, elbows and shoulders. In the left photo, my grip and elbows have pushed away too far in relation to the putterhead. To get the putterhead moving away correctly, hold your right elbow close to your side with your left hand and hit some putts. You'll start to feel a slight wrist hinge and forearm rotation in the backswing—that's the putter moving back on plane. You'll also start feeling the most solid putts you've ever stroked."

Mike Stachura, Latest Gear: Mallet putters continue to sizzle, Golf Digest (Apr 2004) -- "They may look like something John Wayne would stick in the side of a longhorn steer, but putters resemble branding irons for a reason: Designers say the large shape and back-weighting get the ball slightly airborne with the right amount of spin for an optimum roll. Look for even wilder (and wider) versions from Callaway, Nike, Ping and TaylorMade later this year."

Golf Monthly Jun 2004

Seve Ballesteros


Seve Ballesteros, The need for speed -- be a pace ace judging the speed of the greens, Golf Monthly (Jun 2004), 86-87: pay special attention to undulations and uphill / downhill, as this affects distance control pretty significantly.

Editors, Putting Tip 019 -- How to play extreme uphill or downhill putts, Golf Monthly (Jun 2004) -- stand tallish going uphill for power; use toe hits to soften downhill strokes.

Editors, Putting Tip 020 -- How to play extreme break, Golf Monthly (Jun 2004) -- treat the apex as a doorway that breaking path runs flush thru.

Editors, Putting Tip 021 -- How to play extreme fast or slow greens, Golf Monthly (Jun 2004) -- super fast greens: make tempo and length even and symmetrical back and thru; slow or bumpy greens: shorten backstroke to promte more acceleration and longer thru-stroke.

Golf Magazine Jun 2004

Dave Pelz

Jim Furyk

Jane Frost

Dave Pelz, Fire Away -- Hurry up and make more putts, Golf Magazine (Jun 2004), pp 68-69 -- Thinking doesn't help when standing over a putt, so look down the line, look back to the ball, and putt.

Jim Furyk, Getting Up and Down -- Decisive Putt, Golf Magazine (Jun 2004), p 83 -- after a chip on close to the pin, don't lose focus; align mark on ball at hole and square up the putter to the mark; use the three-tees drill: tee pegs 3', 6', and 9' back from hole, sink 3-in-a-row from each peg starting at 3 feet and make all nine in a row; better players may want to try left-hand low grip to reduce wrist breakdown.

Jane Frost, Drain Slippery Putts, Golf Magazine (Jun 2004), p 202 -- stay confident on slick greens and don't fear hitting the ball too far, as this cauuses deceleration; stick with a smooth tempo like Ernie Els so that the thru-stroke is longer than backstroke.

Golf Digest May 2004

Frank Thomas


Frank Thomas, Frank Thomas: The skinny on belly putters, Golf Digest (Apr 2004) -- "What are the shaft-length requirements for a belly putter? -- D.K., Fort Mill, S.C. The length depends on where you position the butt end of the shaft. There's no formula, because the right length depends on your height, stance and waistline. If you position the end of the shaft at your belt, you'll need a shorter shaft than if you position it close to your navel, like Vijay Singh does. Don't try to fit yourself, though. Take your stance, and ask a friend to measure the distance from the ground to where the shaft hits your belly. Or, stick with the standard length and use the time it would take to get used to a belly putter to practice."

Editors, The Golf Guru: When to concede putts, Golf Digest (Apr 2004) -- hitting and missing a putt after it has been conceded does not matter; "Once your putt has been conceded, you have completed the hole. Such a concession may not be declined or withdrawn." "Nicklaus once advised making opponents putt out all the little ones early in the round, when hands and minds tend to be jumpy. In the middle of the round he'd concede most short putts, but late in the day he might unsettle his hapless opponent by unexpectedly remaining mute as the lesser golfer walked up to a likely gimme -- a combination of surprise, fatigue and indignation would often cause a miss and one more victory for the man in the yellow sweater."

Golf Digest Apr 2004

Johnny Miller

Butch Harmon


Johnny Miller talks golf, The best putters win at Augusta National, Golf Digest (Apr 2004) -- "The lengthening of Augusta National has made it a better, more balanced test. Still, there's a bit too much emphasis on putting. The player who putts well has a tremendous advantage, more so than at the other majors. I always believed (as did Ben Hogan) that putting should never supersede ball-striking in terms of the game's basic makeup, but that certainly has been the case at the Masters."

Butch Harmon, Why Long Lags beat Short Putts as a Quick Pre-round Warmup, Golf Digest (Apr 2004) (55(4): 52 -- helps avoid three-putts early in the round.


Play Better Golf #25 2004

Trevor Immelman

Mike Adams & TJ Tomasi

Trevor Immelman, Read all about it -- my putting routine for reading putts, Play Better Golf #25 (2004), pp 18-19 -- start from behind ball; walk behind hole to see what ball will do as it slows and nears hole; stand halfway to assess uphill / downhill; check near hole again.

Mike Adams & TJ Tomasi, Putting secrets revealed, Play Better Golf #25 (2004), 28-32, 80-82 -- fairly conventional.



Golf Illustrated Apr-May 2004

CC Reynolds

CC Reynolds, Benefits of the belly putter -- quickest way to cut strokes off your score, Golf Illustrated (Apr-May 2004), 36 ff.



Golf Stroke Savers #26 2004

Oliver Heuler


Oliver Heuler, Straight talk about putting, Golf Stroke Savers #26 (2004), pp 28-29, 86-90 -- excerpts from his 1993 book Perfecting Your Golf Swing (translated into English, NY: Sterling, 1995) -- straight shoulder stroke, pretty conventional.



Golf Lessons #24 2004

Luke Smith

Luke Smith, Roll it like a pro, Golf Lessons #24 (2004), pp 26-27, 77-80 -- putt single handed for feel; hole 3 in a row from 3 feet; chalk line; push drill.


Athlon Sports - Golf 2004

Rob Akins et al.

Rob Akins, Charlie King, Kip Puterbaugh, Mark Wood, Putting Instruction, Athlon Sports -- Golf Annual 2004, pp 100-101.


Golf Tips Magazine Apr 2004

TJ Tomasi

TJ Tomasi, Match posture to path, Golf Tips Magazine (Apr 2004) no. 16(2), pp 42-44 -- for arcing putting stroke path, stand tallish; for pendulum path, bend lower.

Golf Digest Mar 2004


Andrew Dawes

Stan Utley

Editors, Breaking 80 Hitting the long ball is fun, but to shoot lower scores, work extra hard on your putting, Golf Digest (Mar 2004) -- keep the putter face square on short putts, try placing tee pegs outside the apex of a big long breaking putt and not letting ball roll above the pegs.

Andrew Dawes, The Golf Digest School On short putts,don't sneak a peak at the hole, Golf Digest (Mar 2004) -- sneaking a peek in the stroke leads to guiding the putt, which leads to misses to the outside by opening the stroke; stick a tee peg off the putter's toe so golfer cannot let putter drift off to the outside in stroke.

Stan Utley, Take a lesson from the pros' short-game genius: Try this technique -- it will improve your chipping and putting, Golf Digest (Mar 2004) -- Grip: hold handle so air is in the back beneath the grip and fingers are sensitive on handle; align shaft with forearm; stroke path is an arc; add loft to putter.

Golf Digest Feb 2004

Tom Watson

Tom Watson: The key to good putting is in your head, Golf Digest (Feb 2004) -- Don't worry about imperfections in the backstroke -- just sink the putt: "I owe a lot of my success last season to better putting from four to six feet. Those critical putts saved me. The reason for the improvement? It was a mental adjustment more than anything. I just stopped fighting the misdirection of my backstroke that bothered me for years on short putts. My tendency is to take the putter back too far inside the putting line. Ideally I want to swing the putter straight back along the putting line and then straight through the ball. Last year I decided I wasn't going to fret about my stroke. I simply lived with it."

Golf Digest Jan 2004

Joan Vickers and Debbie Crews

Joan Vickers, The Quiet Eye: It's the key to great putting. Here's what it is, and how to develop your own Quiet Eye, Golf Digest (Jan 2004) -- 2-3 seconds on the back of the ball and for 1 second after impact helps the stroke. {Lots of empty jargon and bogus science here, but the main idea of NOT USING THE EYES while making the stroke should be pretty obvious to most skilled golfers. Duh. Second half of article by Debbie Crews about brain activity during putting is greatly at odds with top half by Vickers, and authors don't seem aware of the glaring conflicts in describing good technique or advice to get there between them.]


Play Better Golf Jan-Feb 2004

Mark McNulty

Mark McNulty, Three Steps to Positive Putting, Play Better Golf (Jan-Feb 2004), pp 54-57 -- release the putter with the right hand.

Golf Digest Dec 2003

Tiger Woods

Johnny Miller

Tiger Woods: How to belly the ball when you're up against the collar of the green, Golf Digest (Dec 2003) -- When the ball is parked against the edge of the collar, use a bellied wedge. "I approach the bellied sand wedge just like I do a putt, right down to my reverse- overlap putting grip and ball position. I set the ball slightly forward in my stance and use the same fundamentals of my normal putting stroke -- medium grip pressure, shoulders and arms working in unison, a little hinging of the wrists with the clubface opening a bit going back, then squaring up and releasing naturally through impact. The key is to make a smooth, rhythmic stroke. That enables me to control the pace of the ball so my next shot, in case I miss the bellied one, is a pressure-free tap-in."

Johnny Miller talks golf: Skinny flagsticks, getting Tiger "unstuck" and heads-up putting, Golf Digest (Dec 2003) -- "Putting A heads-up style can help you control speed Most golfers address a putt with their head down and eyes parallel to the target. To assess the line, they swivel their head so their eyes track along the route to the hole. Jack Nicklaus, who was better at judging speed than any golfer in history, putts another way. At address, Jack cocks his head upright as he did during his initial read of the green (left). His eyes are level with the horizon instead of perpendicular to it. Jack's method makes sense. Ben Crenshaw used this method, too. Your eyes are accustomed to seeing things with your head upright. It's the best way to discern speed, and gives you extra feedback on the line, too."

Golf Digest Nov 2003

Gary McCord

Mike Stachura

Mike Stachura, Inside looks: Reinventing the blade putter and distance balls, Golf Digest (Nov 2003) -- Cobra Melbourne and Odyssey Two-ball blade putters.

Gary McCord, On the greens: Gary gets a grip: In putting's Age of Enlightenment, you can hold the club any way you want, Golf Digest (Nov 2003) -- "Putting has become a freestyle art form. As long as the grip immobilizes the wrists and keeps tension out of your stroke, my advice is to use it if you want." A variety of grip forms illustrated.


Golf Magazine Nov 2003

Martin Hall

Martin Hall, Myths that make you miss -- throw the book at bad advice, Golf Magazine (Nov 2003), pp 85-90 -- myths: 1. hit up to impart topspin; 2. thru-stroke should be longer than backstroke; 3. keep putter low back and thru.



Golf Stroke Savers #23 2003

Sean C. Sundra

Sean C. Sundra, Putting mastery Simplified, Golf Stroke Savers #23 (2003), pp 48-53 -- shoulder stroke.


Play Better Golf Sep-Oct 2003

Piere Fulke

Piere Fulke, Getting a Feel for Putting, Play Better Golf (Sep-Oct 2003), pp 60-65 -- don't obsess on technique, keep routine simple, feel in stages.

Golf Digest Sep 2003

Tom Watson

Heather Lee

Dave Maga

Frank Thomas

Tom Watson: Make more big-breaking putts by learning to hit your spot, Golf Digest (Sep 2003) -- "On big-breaking putts I pick an intermediate spot along the break -- closer to the ball than the hole -- and just roll the ball over the spot. It's the same principle as in spot bowling." Play more break on faster greens.

Heather Lee, The Golf Digest School: Try the two-string drill to help you hole more short putts, Golf Digest (Sep 2003) -- use two stings on same sticks to help setup with eyes over ball, not too far back from ball: when you see only one string, as top covers bottom string, your eyes are over the ball.

Dave Maga , Breaking 100: Develop a sound preshot routine when putting, Golf Digest (Sep 2003) -- Aim the ball logo at the target and set the putter face square to the logo.

Frank Thomas, Frank Talk: The facts about face balancing, Golf Digest (Sep 2003) -- "If you balance a putter on your finger and the face of the putter is facing the sky, then the center of gravity (CG) of the head is directly below the axis of the shaft. This is called face balancing and keeps the CG behind the shaft on the forward motion of the stroke (see photo below). This will help straighten the face during the stroke, which may be beneficial if you have a straight-back, straight-through stroke. That said, some of the best putters on the PGA Tour forego face-balanced models. The popular Ping Anser style, for instance, tends to be toe down, which works best if the face opens on the backswing and closes on the through-swing. However, if a putter feels good and you putt well with it, whether it is face-balanced or not, use it."

Golf Digest Aug 2003

Tom Watson

Andrew Dawes, The Golf Digest School: For consistent putts, rock your shoulders in a pendulum-style motion, Golf Digest (Aug 2003) -- Mimic the back-and-forth rocking of the pendulum in a grandfather clock for a good stroke.

Golf Digest Jul 2003

Butch Harmon


Butch Harmon: Make more sidehill, downhill putts, Golf Digest (Jul 2003) -- "First, loosen your grip pressure. While holding the club very lightly, make a longer, slower stroke back and through. This will deaden the hit on the ball to take some speed off. Some people recommend doing this by hitting the ball off the toe of the putter on slick downhill putts, but a very light grip works better for me because the clubface is less likely to twist. Second, play more break. Picture the ball coming into the hole almost sideways."

Editors, Latest Gear: Big-headed putters, Golf Digest (Jul 2003) -- Big-headed putters are based on the idea that more weight in back and aiming aids equal less-balky strokes. True? Mallets have won more than 30 times on the major tours in the last 18 months.


Bunkered Jun 2003

Bernard Gallacher

Bernard Gallacher, Try this alternative -- on fast greens, the belly putter can be a solid solution, Bunkered (Jun 2003) no. 42, pp 52-53 -- use a belly putter on fast greens for solid putting.


Today's Golfer June 2003

Putter Tests

Gary Casey

Putt to a Tee

Putters Tested -- Mad Mallets, Today's Golfer (June 2003), pp 70-77 -- Nike Blue Chip (72), Scotty Cameron Futura (73), TaylorMade Rossa Monza (74), Odyssey DFX 2-Ball (75), BenRoss Ripple II (77) -- all rated 4 or 5 stars out of 5.

Gary Casey, The Fault -- "I'm Leaving my Putts Short," Today's Golfer (June 2003) -- stiff-legged stance makes you hit with the top of the putter-face, which is a light blow and short roll; slow greens require some wrist action to cover the distance.

Tee to Green - Around the green -- Make the hole look as big as a bucket!, Today's Golfer (June 2003), p 204 -- putt to a tee for precision aiming so the real target appears larger.


Golf Digest June 2003

David Leadbetter

Nick Seitz

John Barton

Frank Thomas

David Leadbetter, Aaron Baddeley's quick-count putting style is well worth copying, Golf Digest (June 2003), p. 37 -- describes Aaron's 4-count set-and-fire style, and recommends it, without any analysis or reason with the exception of the suggestion that having no time to think is a good thing.

Nick Seitz, Wizard with the Wand -- Jerry Barber's putting display at Olympia Fields in 1961 still astounds those who saw it, Golf Digest (June 2003), pp. 176-187 -- recounts Barber's come from behind over last 3 holes of 1961 US Open at Olympia Fields (this year's US Open venue) with putts of 20, 40, and 60 feet to force 18-hole playoff with Don January, which Barber won.

John Barton, Putt-Putt: the other U.S. Open [profile of Atlanta's Greg Ward and Professional Putters Association Tour], Golf Digest (June 2003), pp. 189-198 -- Tips from Ward: standard setup and grip, spot aiming, short stroke for better control (p 194); history of Putt-Putt.

Frank Thomas, Is "plain in shape" always plain to see?, Golf Digest (June 2003), p. 242 -- discusses ruling against Pelz 1980s 3-ball putter, ruling in favor of Callaway 2-ball putter, and ruling in favor of Titleist Cameron Futura.


Golf Magazine June 2003

Rick Martino

Rick Martino, Putting - 3 Musts for Downhill Breakers, Golf Mag. (June 2003), pp. 82-83 -- 1. putt to the "apex" with hard focus on the apex, not the hole; 2. hit with the center of the putter face, not the toe, as the toe on heel-toe weighted putters twists open; 3. let the putter die into impact to control speed.


Golf Tips Magazine
Equipment Buyers' Guide 2003

Buyers' Guide

2003 Putters Buyers' Guide, Golf Tips Magazine (2003), 66-80 -- ratings of a couple dozen leading putters.

Golf Illustrated Spring 2003

Corey Vliet

Kevin Sprecher

Rod Jennings

William H. Horn

Corey Vliet (Faldo Golf Institute, Abesecon NJ), 5 Effective Putting Principles, Golf Illus. (Spring 2003) -- stance, grip, ball position, alignment, stroke.

Kevin Sprecher, Short Game Consistency - How to Cure Common Mistakes, Golf Illus. (Spring 2003), 29 -- move the triangle, not the putterhead; 3 drills: keep large ball between forearms during stroke; keep club pinned under upper arms during stroke; use "putting connection" aid.

Rod Jennings, Stroke Shavers - Cure for the Yips on Short Putts, Golf Illus. (Spring 2003), 65 -- keep the putter elevated behind ball so that bottom edge of putterface is at height of ball's equator for putts in the 2- to 3-foot range; puts a good roll on the ball; later, lower putterface back to normal.

William H. Horn, Stroke Shavers - Land on a Dime, Golf Illus. (Spring 2003), 66 -- to improve targeting and touch, putt the ball at a dime and try to land the ball right on the dime.

David Leadbetter

David Leadbetter, Sink That Putt! The David Leadbetter Way, Play Better Golf (2003), 8-14 & 68-69 - lay two clubs down to make an alignment channel; setup feet, hips, shoulders square; bend from hips not waist to position "eye-line" over or just inside the ball.

Golf Digest May 2003

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, How to Square Your Putterface and Hole More Putts, Golf Digest (May 2003), 45-47 - use an elevated string line to practice straight stroke that keeps face square without manipulating putterhead; put eyes over ball at address [NB: Tiger's gaze is hopelessly angled down his cheeks about 30 degrees -- not good].

Golf Monthly Apr 2003

Andrew Nicholson,
David Leadbetter Golf Academy

Andrew Nicholson, Putt it There - 5 ways to ensure you eradicate that dreaded three-putt from your game, Golf Monthly (Apr 2003), 72: visualize line; walk into startline of putt; look at the hole and make practice strokes for distance; set the putterface and look at the hole once more then look back to the ball just an instant and pull the trigger. 2 Drills: practice putting while looking at the hole; practice putting with eyes closed and estimate where your putts will finish.


Golf International Feb / Mar 2003

David Leadbetter

Alan Fine

David Leadbetter, Putting: Keep Elbows "On the Rail," Golf International (Feb / Mar 2003), 50-53 - a classic tip.

Alan Fine, A Breath of Fresh Air, Golf International (Feb / Mar 2003), 114-115 - use zen breathing pattern to fix the yips, a nice piece of work helping to bring eastern and western mind-body control traditions closer together.

Athlon Sports - Golf (2003)

Rob Akins

Mark Wood

Rob Akins, Roll the Rock Like a Pro, Athlon Sports - Golf (2003), 28-29 - setup with balance on arches, align shaft with forearms, stroke arcs in opening-closing pattern but face stays square to arc, backstroke length sets distance, back- and through-strokes symmetric, outside 10' play maximum break and die putts, practice likely 1st putts range (30 feet and out) and short must-make putts (3-4 feet).

Mark Wood, Mid-Length or Short Putter: Which is Right for You?, Athlon Sports - Golf (2003), 30 - keeping shaft aligned with forearms means belly putter and short putter have same setup and stroke technique; amateurs who suffer with short putts might try the belly putter to stabilize putter face and radius of stroke.

Brian Silva

Brian Silva, Ross in Augusta - Next door to Augusta, a recently renovated Donald Ross masterpiece reveals the triumph of routing over raw length [Augusta Athletic Club], T&L Golf (Mar / Apr 2003), 44-46 - describes reworking greens from Ross' original sketches, featuring many levels, swales, undulations, and sharp slopes, including the "punch bowl" design.

Golf Magazine Apr 2003

Dave Pelz

Dave Pelz, How to Putt - Which Way is Best for You? Golf Mag. (Apr 2003), 78-87 - using his school attendees' stats, Pelz compares belly putting, lead-hand-low, long putters, the claw, and conventional putting styles at 3', 9', 18' and long lags. Results:

Belly putting
Long putter
Claw grip

Main points: test yourself comparing one style against another to find what works best for you; consider carrying two putters.

My comments: Pros at 3' are 90+%, so these amateurs aren't that good, and really suck with conventional style at this distance. Pros don't suck at 3' with a conventional style. The performance at 9' doesn't vary much from one style to another, so the ranking here doesn't make much difference. Long putters and the Claw suck at 18' and longer - there's a HUGE dropoff compared to the other styles. Conclusion: Belly putter or Lead hand low out to 10 feet, and then back to the conventional style (or not, depending on whether you feel ok with belly or lead hand low at this range).

Golf Digest Mar 2003

Hank Haney

Hank Haney, Roll It ike a Pro: The Key is Learning How to Release the Putterhead, Golf Digest (Mar 2003), 195-199 - keep the left wrist flexible instead of fixed so that the putterhead moves thru impact with a slight release that shows itself with a subtle "breakdown" of the left wrist, like Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara [note: Tiger ranked 83rd and O'Meara 99th in 2002 Putting Stats -- plenty of room for improvement; Hank's tip is really more against stiff-wristing the stroke thru impact than it is promoting any real "breakdown" - see Stay relaxed and steady on crucial putts. BY MARK O'MEARA Winner: Masters, British Open, World Match Play From Golf Digest, January 01 1999].

Golf Monthly Feb 2003

Peter Kostis

Nick Dougherty

Butch Harmon

Bernhard Langer

Peter Kostis, Picture the Putt, Golf Monthly (Feb 2003), 43-46 - stay flexible in stance and set-up; treat breaking putts like "ball above feet" and "ball below feet. [see my Tip Sidehill Putts Tend to Go Low.]

Nick Dougherty, High Hands for a Better Stroke, Golf Monthly (Feb 2003), 48 - not low hands, but high hands just like Dave Stockton has been teaching for 30-40 years, for better line control in stroke.

Butch Harmon, Commit, then just hit, Golf Monthly (Feb 2003), 51 - a swing guru says aim, and then just putt.

Bernhard Langer, Getting to Grips with the Yips, Golf Monthly (Feb 2003), 52-54 - from his autobiography - chronicles the yips experience and his responses overcoming the affliction to gain stature as one of the best putters in the game.

Golf Magazine Feb 2003


Eric Alpenfels

Dave Pelz


Phil Mickelson

Eric Alpenfels (with Lorin Anderson), No More Three-Putts, Golf Mag. (Feb 2003), 88-89 - putting a Ladder Drill while looking at the hole trains touch a little better than doing the Ladder Drill without looking at the hole or doing the Ladder Drill with eyes closed (top average improvement on putts from 20 to 40 feet was 9 inches closer). [This material is part of a series of experiments being conducted under the guidance of Dr Bob Christina at the Pinehurst Golf Institute, where Alpenfels is the director. The choice of which tips to test is decided by Anderson and Golf Magazine.]

Dave Pelz, Where are you aiming?, Golf Mag. (Feb 2003), 104-104 - not many golfers accurately know where they are aiming, and putting thru a two-tee gate 2" wide helps train awareness of aim-line.

Editors, No Three-putt Pars, Golf Mag. (Feb 2003), 132-133 -focus of distance and speed for long lags with the goal of 2-putting, and try to leave yourself an uphill 2nd putt, so you can birdie the par 5s in 2 putts, without any 3-putts for par.

GolfTalk with Peter Kessler - Phil Mickelson, Golf Mag. (Feb 2003), 138-149 - says he's putting better more consistently these days with great technique, and "The only way I miss putts is if I misjudge the speed or misjudge the read."

Golf Magazine Jan 2003

Todd Sones

Tom Patri

Todd Sones, Line Up Your Putts, Golf Mag. (Jan 2003), 107-110 - 3 lines for a good setup: eyes vertically above ball; hands vertically below shoulders, and putter shaft aligned with left / lead forearm).

Tom Patri, Wrist Reward - maintain your right wrist angle for a solid strike, Golf Mag. (Jan 2003), 77 - keep the right wrist angle the same from setup at address thru the follow-thru.

Golf for Women Jan - Feb 2003

Beth Bauer
2002 LPGA Rookie of the Year

Various LPGA Pros

Beth Bauer, How to Sink More Putts and Four other Secrets of my First-Season Success, Golf For Women (Jan / Feb 2003), 62-67 - practice putting with heel of putter-head running along a 2x4 board to groove a straight stroke.

Tommy Hicks, How to Play Putts 20 Feet or Longer: To lag or not to lag? LPGA Tour Pros reveal their long-putting secrets, Golf For Women (Jan / Feb 2003), 74 - a miscellany of one-sentence advice from a dozen pros.

Golf International Dec-Jan 2002-2003

Harold Swash on Fundamentals

Nick Dougherty
2002 European Tour Rookie of the Year

Harold Swash, The Putting Rules, Golf International (Dec / Jan 2003), 94-97 - Europe's putting teacher lays down 4 rules: 1. Square alignment: vital at address and impact; 2. Keep the putter-face swinging square to the path; 3. Strike the ball with a smooth upstroke; and 4. Believing and trusting that every putt is a straight putt. Also advises hands-ahead setup and displays some putting aids. (For a very similar article, in full text, see below.)

Nick Dougherty, "Baby" Your Putts Home, Golf International (Dec / Jan 2003), 31 - die putts in the hole from 6 to 15 feet, to make more of the hole available, to handle fast greens, and to avoid long comebacks.

Golf Illustrated Winter 2003

Tom Stickney

Tom F. Stickney II, Missed Putts - Nothing More than an Illusion, Golf Illustrated (Winter 2003), 32-36 - explaining that designers have chosen to angle the shaft back away from the target on most putters, so that only a hands-ahead setup position promotes a smooth, solid stroke. Rest your putter flatly on a table top so the face is vertical with the edge of the table and see whether the shaft leans away from the target or stays vertical with the table edge -- looking into the toe, the shaft probably leans back over the table away from the edge. See Tom Stickney Golf

Scratch Golfer Magazine Nov 2002

Scott Verplank, Straight Shooter - Scratch Golfer Magazine, Nov 2002 - profile.

Golfweek Dec 2002

James Achenbach, R&A rules no Futura for Titleist putter, Golfweek.com (Dec. 2002) - on the decision of the R&A to deem non-conforming a putter already in use and approved by the USGA on the ground that it fails the "plain in shape" test.

T&L Golf Dec 2002

Bob Cullen's article, The Man Who Can Putt Like a Boy, T&L Golf Magazine (Dec. 2002)- Profile including great info on his technique and thoughts about excellent putting.

The Golfer Magazine 2002

Match Play: Does Harold Swash hold the secret to the perfect putt?, The Golfer (2002), 45-47 - His putting technique.

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