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To improve your golf game, it’s vital that you take golf lessons. Golf is a sport that is almost impossible to learn without some sort of guidance. Luckily, there are golf experts around the country whose job it is to teach golf. By taking golf lessons, you can drastically improve your game in a relatively short amount of time. Taking golf lessons can be an expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy.  Golf can be a really costly game to play and it is reasonable to assume that you have invested a fair amount of money in your equipment – golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, golf clothing, golf cart etc; – therefore doesn’t it make common sense for you to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your skills and capabilities?

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Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible – golf’s least understood skill.

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Stadler a wonderful player now as he has been for many years (Figure 14.1.2). But he sometimes moves his upper body so much during his stroke that he almost can’t find the ball let alone the hole when he putts. Some golfers make way fewer than the average number of 10- to 20-footers while others struggle with short putts. Some can’t make left-to-right-breaking putts and many golfers can’t get the ball to consistently reach the hole. However it’s interesting that few great golfers have trouble lagging their putts close to the hole. I’d say that’s because lag putting isn’t all that difficult (as I discussed in Chapter 13). his wrists to the extreme. His putting has suffered from it too.

Tom Watson Greg Norman David Duval and Tiger Woods may be the best players since Jack Nicklaus but they all have room for improvement in their putting games: Watson has had trouble making the short ones consistently; Norman sometimes loses his tempo becomes too deliberate and his conversion of 6-to 12-footers suffers as a result; Duval occasionally rushes and pushes too many putts; and Tiger keeps trying to keep putts from breaking and blows too many short ones past the hole causing too many lip-outs. Watch the pros and you’ll see that all of them are constantly working on their putting. But they have a lot more to lose than they have to gain when they work on any part of their game so they must be especially careful to pick the right part (building block) of their putting game to work on. Then they must improve in a way that benefits their putting game and allows their improved putting game to fit into their whole game without causing any other problems elsewhere.

My point is that while every golfer has putting problems every one of these problems is fixable. Poor golfers can putt better average golfers can learn to putt great and

346 Face Your Special Problems great putters can putt great even more consistently. (And yes poor putters can learn to putt great but it comes in stages: First they must putt better then good then really good then almost great and finally great.) Look at the change Hal Sutton has made in the position of his left wrist through impact (Figure 14.1.3). For a while Hal was breaking down badly and his putting was miserable for a few years. But he worked through it and was one of the stalwarts for the U.S. team in their 1999 Ryder Cup victory after having a great year in ’99 while putting like a magician.

So whether your problems are in the fundamental building blocks of your putting game or in the nagging little details to be discussed in this chapter you must believe you can solve these problems and become a good putter. And you can.

14.2 Too Many Three-Putts

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The Long Drive Bible: How You Can Hit the Ball Longer, Straighter, and More Consistently

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Measuring Green Speed To use a Stimpmeter a ball is placed in the indentation and the device is raised slowly until the ball rolls free and down the groove onto the green (Figure 4.3.3). Care must he taken to hold the Stimpmeter still as the ball rolls down the ramp to ensure constant release energy and ball speed at the bottom of the ramp.

To measure green speed three balls are rolled in one direction on the green measuring how far each ball rolls (in feet) from the end of the Stimpmeter. The same three balls then are rolled in the opposite direction over the same section of the green and again the distances are measured. The six distances are averaged to produce a quantitative measurement of the average distance a ball rolls on that green called the green speed. A slow green is about a 7 (meaning the balls rolled an average of 7 feet) while a fast green comes in at about a 10. Most PGA tournaments aim for green speeds between 10.5 and 11. When greens start rolling at 12 to 13 they are called “Augusta fast ” because that’s often the speed of the greens at Augusta National Golf Club home of The Masters every spring.

Longer rolls (from higher green speeds) for longer times mean the friction of

The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics 63 the green surface is low letting balls roll farther and longer. A rapidly slowing and short roll off a Stimpmeter means the friction of the green surface is high and the green speed is very slow.

Green speed always affects a putt’s speed and direction of roll (except on dead flat greens where direction is straight no matter what the speed). And the combination of green speed the amount of energy transferred to a putt and the influence of contours and slopes on the greens determines the results of your putts based on how much the putt truly breaks your putt’s initial Aimline and starting speed.

The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics

Seven of the 15 building blocks of putting deal with stroke mechanics. By the end of this chapter you should understand them and how they affect your ability to putt. These seven fundamentals (Figure 4.4.1) have the most to do with determining the quality of a putting stroke and its results. They are not the only mechanical factors but they are the primary ones and the ones we are most concerned with in our schools. They are your aim power source putter path putterface angle impact point flow lines and putter fitting. If you understand and improve these seven fundamentals you will roll better putts. If you also can understand how to read greens better and learn to have better putting feel and touch then there is no question but that you will also make more putts.

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The “Simple Golf” Swing: “Golf for the Rest of Us”

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Please start with the three pictures below. Understand that the point of these pictures is to get your arms and chest connected. You should understand the feeling of “being connected” before you try to incorporate this critical step into your golf swing. If you hold the club straight out in front of you, there will be a triangle formed between your arms and chest. Just focus on keeping the triangle between your arms and chest fixed. Just move your arms with your chest. When your chest stops rotating, your arms also stop. Please see the three pictures below and try it out. Turn to your right, then back around to your left, keeping the triangle between your arms and chest constant at all times.

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