#1 Mechanical Flaw Plaguing Your Putting Stroke (that you probably don’t know about)

Being a good putter is both art and science. Today we’re going to talk about an EASY fix to a problem that torments hundreds of thousands of golfers. The worst part is, most of them are unaware of it. Are you one of them?

Now we’ve talked about the subconscious before, so today we’re going to attack a mechanical change that will help you limit moving parts, become more consistent, and ultimately MAKE MORE PUTTS!!

If you talk to any of the top putting instructors on the Tour, you’ll learn that the best putters in the world have a very small total face rotation window — in the ballpark of 4-6 degrees.

^ What the heck does that mean?

That means that with the best and most efficient putters on the Tour, the putter face opens on average 2.5 degrees in the backswing, and closes 2.5 degrees in the through swing.

The average collegiate golfer has a total face rotation of 20-30 degrees. Does that statement scare you?

Sheesh, how much face rotation do I have, then?

One way of finding out is by slapping the Navigator on your putter and seeing if you can keep the alignment rod pointing at the ball through the whole motion. (This is tough in the beginning, but becomes intuitive in time.) Jerry Haas, PGA Tour Player and Head Coach of Wake Forest Men’s Golf Team suggests this very practice when working with the Navigator. You can see his video testimonial HERE. Our review on GolfWRX confirms the effectiveness of the product by using it on Sam PuttLabs. (Science doesn’t lie).

Another way is by booking a Sam Puttlab session with an instructor in your area. This session will give you invaluable information on your total putting motion. Worth the money, by far.

So why do amateur golfers and collegiate players have WAY more face rotation than the best putters in the world?

It starts and ends with wrist action.

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^ look familiar? Maybe or maybe not. You probably don’t know what you look like out there — especially under pressure.

Amateur players use the small muscles of the wrist and hands to control the putting stroke and Tour players use the big muscles of the chest, the upper back, the shoulders, and the abdomen.

It’s that simple. Try an easy exercise that will demonstrate: Sign your name on a sheet of paper. Now below it, try to sign again — but this time, lift your hole hand off the paper touching only the tip of the pen down.

Not too easy is it? That’s because you’ve lost stability. You’ve lost the stability of the table and the stability of the large “pad” of your hand against it. The same is true in the putting motion.

When the wrists engage, the natural arc is disrupted and the face rotation pattern cannot remain consistent. It’s nearly impossible.

SO what’s the fix?

I want to give you a simple putting drill to work on (while your Navigator is en-route) that will help eliminate the excessive wrist action RIGHT AWAY.

Step 1: Put a watch, a heavy duty rubber band, or a fitness band on your left wrist. (*For a right handed player. For a lefty, use your right wrist)

Step 2: Slide a ruler down between the watch and your arm/top of your hand. The ruler MUST slide down past the wrist and onto the top of the hand for the putting drill to be effective

Step 3. Take some practice strokes focusing on engaging your core, your chest, and your upper back / shoulders. Think: DEAD HANDS

You’ll see that the ruler will prevent your left wrist from breaking/flipping, which will REDUCE face rotation. By simple physics, a face that rotates less has a more consistent arc, and that more consistent arc will lead to you starting the ball ON LINE a lot more often.

You’re gonna make a lot more putts. We guarantee it.

Until next time,

-DLG

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