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Read greens better by finding the straight putt

Learn to better read greens (like Augusta National’s!) by finding the straight putt

By GOLFTEC Digital

It can defy logic when we watch the world’s best golfers do things with a golf ball that seem, well, impossible.

The lion’s share of this thought, of course, refers to those towering 350-yard drives that never seem to come down.

But watching an elite golfer on a hot putting roll is like watching a blackjack player on the ultimate hot streak. It can make us wonder if and when the magic will stop because it doesn’t seem possible these elite players can make more putts over 10 feet in one round than many do in a month.

Q&A with PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays at Ping Headquarters

We talk with PGA Tour pro Daniel Summerhays in the Ping Putting Lab at Ping Headquarters

By GolfTEC Digital

Q&A with PGA Tour pro Daniel Summerhays in the Ping Putting Lab We’ve recently chronicled our trip to Ping Headquarters, where we toured their incredible manufacturing campus and reviewed the new Ping i200 irons with Senior Design Engineer, Marty Jertson.

While we were there, we also ran into PGA Tour pro and Ping staff member, Daniel Summerhays, who was in the exclusive Ping Putting Lab in search of a new flatstick.

He was gracious to let us roll the cameras and talk about his golf game, objectives on the PGA Tour and the importance of leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the ability to make as many putts as he possibly can.

So, see what the 11-year PGA Tour and Web.com Tour veteran had to say in the short video below, and check out Ping’s industry-leading technology in the Ping Putting Lab! 

Gate Drill for putting stroke path

You may be missing putts because the path of your stroke needs help. Try the Path Drill

By GolfTEC Digital

Putting in golf is just one of those things.

It’s finicky, at best, because it can seem like the slightest change in setup, stroke or even what you ate for breakfast can be the difference between holing everything or digging a hole on your scorecard. That’s why it’s often a good idea to practice with drills, aids and set objectives to keep your stroke on track.

One useful drill to help putting stroke path is the Path Drill, which can help those who have strokes that are too far from in to out or out to in.

Gate Drill for putting stroke path
The stroke on the left shows a path that’s significantly in to out (right of target), and the stoke on the right shows a path that’s significantly out to in (left of target). The visual and physical aids of the Path Drill can help both.

GolfTEC’s Patrick Nuber has all the details of the Path Drill in the short videos below, so check them out and improve your putting stroke path to start making more putts!

Callaway Headquarters - Set of Callaway Live with Amanda Balionis

VIDEO: Watch GolfTEC’s exclusive tour of Callaway Headquarters with Amanda Balionis

By Jon Levy

(via Callaway Golf)

From dud to stud.

Not that Callaway Golf was ever a dud, but the brand-defining Sir Isaac Newton caricature of their early years didn’t push a vibe as the cool kid on the block, either.

Fact was, however, it served as a great example of irony because the makers of the original Big Bertha driver of the early 1990s – the single product that all but changed the golf industry forever – were about as cool as it could get.

Still, the image of Ely Callaway Jr.’s brainchild had remained mostly unchanged from an image standpoint since 1982, even amid continued growth as a key industry trend-setter into the new century.  That was, until new SVP of Marketing, Harry Arnett, arrived in 2012.

Best of 2016: Top 5 short game tips

Best of 2016: The top five short game tips appearing on the GolfTEC Scramble this year

By GolfTEC Digital

Make no bones about it, 2016 saw a lot of incredible instruction appear on the GolfTEC Scramble. So, as the year comes to a close, we’re highlighting the best of the best with our top five articles this year in a multitude of categories.

To kick things off: The top five short game tips of 2016 on the GolfTEC Scramble …

Since it’s holiday shopping season, we’ll give you a pass: Maybe it is the putter …

By Erin Menath

Putting StrokeAll too often I have clients that come in for a putting lesson struggling with their consistency on the greens.

They tend to miss putts all over the place and believe it’s their stroke which is to blame – which, don’t get me wrong, it most often is. But, sometimes, it’s actually the style of putter they’re using that hinders their natural stroke instead of working with it, and this is what needs to be addressed.

So, that begs the question: Do you if you have the right putter style for YOUR game?

Let’s discuss some of the key elements in a putting stroke that can influence the the type of putter you should play, and then we can solve this potential issue with your putting you didn’t even know existed!

Short putts Compass Drill speed control hero

Want to make more short putts this fall? Of course you do. Start by dialing in your speed

By GolfTEC Digital

Just because it’s October and the year is winding down, that doesn’t mean you have to go into the offseason with a whimper when it comes to the state of your golf game.

Because nothing’s more frustrating than when you “had it going” all summer, but can’t seem to finish the year that way after merely a few fun weekends watching football. So, we’re here with a drill to ensure at least one important part of your game — short putting — is as dialed in heading into 2017 as your favorite team’s offense.

Check out Patrick Nuber’s Compass Drill in the video below, which focuses on creating the ideal speed on your short putts, and enter into the offseason with a tour-player-type game from 5 feet and in!

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Create controlled, consistent feel on the greens with this simple putting drill 

By GolfTEC Digital

If there’s one facet of the game where golfers of all abilities can shave strokes from their card, it’s putting. Excellent lag putting and distance control is key to scoring low. After all, what good is a 300-yard drive if it takes three putts to hole out?Putting drill speed reverse ladder article

But learning how to maintain consistent feel and distance control can be frustrating. Especially if that lack of confidence is leading to a bunch of three-putts.

While many putting drills can be gimmicky and full of training aids, Patrick Nuber’s Reverse Ladder Putting Drill is an effective way to start your path toward owning that silky, Ben Crenshaw-like touch on every type of putting surface imaginable. And the best part of this putting drill? You don’t even need a hole on the practice green to perform it, so it’s perfect for those overly-crowded Sundays at the course.

3-foot putt drill HERO
From 2013 to ’15, World No. 1 Jason Day converted on 986 of 986 3-foot putts. Here’s how to be just as automatic on your short putts …

By GolfTEC Digital

That stat is no lie and it’s no coincidence the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer is dialed in on his short putts from 3 feet.

Since the beginning of the 2014 PGA Tour season through this year’s U.S. Open, Day has made an incredible 99.84 percent – that’s 1,280 of 1,282 – of his 3-foot putts. That means he’s missed just two putts since the last time we saw Tiger Woods play a full PGA Tour season!

Since short putts like a 3-footer can make or break any golfer’s round, we’ve brought in GolfTEC’s Director of Teaching Quality, Patrick Nuber, to demonstrate a drill that can make you as automatic as the World No. 1.

Arm-lock putting style to sink more putts
Hole more putts like Matt Kuchar with the arm-lock putting style 

By Chad Pearson

We’re deep into the 2016 golf season and gone are the days of the anchored putting stroke, according to Rule 14-1b of the USGA Rules of Golf.

If you’re one who has trouble stabilizing your putting stroke under these new sanctions, the arm-lock putting style may just be your ticket to making putts again. Players like Matt Kuchar have used this style to great success, and now you can adopt it, too.


The arm-lock putting style

The arm lock style gets it’s name from how the putter stays connected to the golfer’s lead forearm throughout the putting stroke. At address, the golfer presses the grip against the lead forearm (beneath the elbow with significant forward shaft lean. This bracing effect keeps the putter head from rotating too much through impact.


Length and equipment

Just about every major putter manufacturer makes an arm lock putter these days, but but due to the nature of the stroke and address position, the length and loft of these putters are extremely important to get right.

Length: You can find your ideal arm-lock putter length by pressing a traditional putter toward your lead arm, then measuring from the top of the club to a point just below the elbow joint. The sum of the two lengths is your ideal arm lock length (for example, a 33-inch putter plus 10 inches from the club to elbow would call for a 43-inch arm lock putter).

Loft: Because of the forward lean of the putter in the arm-lock putting style, we need to counter the decrease in loft this creates with a higher lofted face. A traditional putter loft of around 3.5 degrees therefore won’t work, so arm-lock putters generally have lofts that vary from 8 to 12 degrees.


Proper setup positionArm Lock Putting Setup

At address, brace the putter grip against the lead forearm (left arm for right-handed golfers) to produce a straight line. It’s important to note that according to Rule 14-1b, the grip cannot touch a point above the elbow joint at any point. This is considered anchoring and a two-stoke penalty, or loss of hole in match play.

Next, the trail arm is placed in its traditional position. You can also grip the club traditionally, or with a claw grip. Experiment with what feels best for you!

Finally, elbow placement is paramount. For golfers with bigger midsections or chests, both elbows should be outside the ribs. For golfers with flatter torsos, the elbows should be pinched together under the chest.


Mastering the motion

Now for the fun part. Just before the stroke begins, think of three distinct pressure points:

1. Palm of the top hand
2. Elbow of the lead arm
3. Palm of the bottom hand

Arm lock putting follow through
Do THIS …
Arm lock putting incorrect follow-through
Not this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goal is to feel pressure on all of three of these points as constant as possible throughout the stroke, as well as maintain the putter handle’s braced position on your lead forearm.

By maintaining this position throughout the stroke, as noted in the figure above to the left, you’ll get the full value and consistency of “locking” everything in. Conversely in the figure above to the right, if the putter face leads through instead and the handle of the putter trails away from the lead arm, then an unstable swing and inconsistent stroke through impact are created and this style will work against you, not for you.

So get yourself an arm-lock putter fit correctly for you and your stroke, and employ the correct arm-lock putting stroke characteristics to watch yourself start making more putts immediately!