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Putting atter en gang
Hva er det viktigste slaget i golf?
Det spørsmålet ble stilt for over 50 år siden da jeg sto og ventet på en
caddy-jobb i en golfklubb i Silicon Valley like ved Stanford University, Sharon
Heights Golf Club.
Head pro, assistant pro, caddymaster og et par gode spillere var til stede.
Flere forslag ble fremmet.
Head proens forslag ble akseptert som det riktige svaret.
Det kan være så mangt. Fra korte putter til lengre pitcher og bunkerslag.
Er man god på birdieslagene, er man god i golf.
Men det er flest av putter blant birdeslagene. I hvert fall for spillere som har
under 10-20 i handicap.
Derfor ser vi på putting igjen i dag.
I linken under er det nevnt tre elementer som er viktig for god putting. Kilden
er Aaron Baddeley, en av de beste putterne i dette årtusen på PGA Touren. Her er
en podcast og flere skrevne tips.
I hvert fall hvis du har et snev av interesse for å bli bedre til å putte. Her
er det også driller du kan bruke for å bli bedre. Den mentale biten er også tatt
linken til disse tipsene
Teksten er kopiert inn nedenfor, men uten de gode linkene til andre opplysninger
som ligger i teksten:
3 things I learned about putting from one of the best putters on the PGA Tour
Poor putting tends to wear down the psyche of a golfer more than any other part
of the game. A couple missed three footers is enough to drive golfers mad and
leave scar tissue for days, weeks and even years. If there’s a broken club
sitting in the garbage can by the clubhouse, chances are it’s a putter and not a
driver. Putting just has that effect on golfers.
For Aaron Baddeley, though, one of the PGA Tour’s best putters of the last 20
years, putting seems to come easy. Since the PGA Tour started keeping track of
Strokes Gained: Putting in 2004, Baddeley has finished in the top-10 in the
category ten times, and he led the tour in 2015. His long-lasting success on the
greens is nearly unmatched.
How does he do it?!
On our latest Fully Equipped podcast, Baddeley joined the show to discuss all
sorts of topics, including his recent signing to True Spec Golf (an affiliate of
GOLF.com’s parent company, 8AM Golf), what’s in the bag now, and what it’s like
to work with world renowned golf professional Butch Harmon.
The entire interview (embedded above) is well worth a listen, but it was our
discussion on putting that left a lasting impact on me. As a struggling putter
myself, I was curious to get inside the mind of such a great putter like
Baddeley. His approach to putting, and how he prepares, was eye opening in its
Below, I’ve highlighted 3 major things I learned from Baddeley’s Fully Equipped
appearance, and some of his trusted drills to go along with them.
1) Just putt it
So many golfers (myself included) putt in fear of missing. Baddeley’s approach
is simpler, and decidedly more positive. He allows his inner athlete to take
over, rather than doubt or concern.
“I just putt…I just try and hole it,” Baddeley says. “It sounds funny, but it’s
like throwing a ball to first base. When you pick it up at shortstop, you’re not
thinking of how to plant your feet. You’re not thinking of what position your
elbow needs to be in, or when you’re going to release it…you just sort of look
at where you want (the ball to go) and putt to it.”
Baddeley says that on downhill putts, he envisions the ball gently falling over
the front lip of the cup, whereas on uphill putts he sees the ball going into
the back of the cup. From there, he simply reacts to the speed he has in his
mind. That leaves little room for doubt or negativity to creep in. Just throw
the ball to the first baseman!
To help train your speed control, Baddeley offers up two helpful drills.
Drill 1: Find a putt with a good amount of break on your practice green, and
place three balls down about 4-5 feet from the cup. Hit each putt with different
speed; one fast, one slow, and one medium. Each putt will break differently, and
over time, you’ll get comfortable controlling the speed that the ball tumbles
into the hole.
Drill 2: The tee drill. This is a widely popular drill used among pros and
amateurs alike, and Baddeley swears by it. To perform the drill, surround a
practice hole with tees at around 5-6 feet, and go around the circle from
tee-to-tee hitting putts at the cup. This helps simulate the different breaks of
putts you’ll see on the course. As Baddeley says, make sure to keep the same
putting routine during the drill that you use on the course. He says he gains a
sense of “peace and confidence” when he gets a short putt in competition because
he’s hit so many of them on the practice green during the tee drill.
2) Setup the same way every time
While far from over-analytical, Baddeley does have a system in place to make
sure he sets up the same way to the ball every single time. He stresses the
importance of setup in putting because, as he says, there’s no time in a 5-6
inch stroke to make adjustments like you can in the full swing. Consistency is
To ensure he sets up the same distance from the ball on every stroke, Baddeley
uses his putter head to measure the distance from the golf ball to his feet.
For Baddeley, his sweet spot is 3.5 putter head lengths. At that distance,
Baddeley has his eyes over the ball in the proper spot where he can make a
Drill: Want to find your own comfort zone? Setup to the ball with your putter
where it feels most comfortable. Right before you stroke the putt, simply
measure the distance from the golf ball to the end of your feet. Should things
ever start going awry on the course, get back to basics and make sure you’re
standing the correct distance away.
3) “Measure” your aim
Baddeley says the very most important part of putting is aiming the face
properly to your starting line. Reading the putt correctly is only half the
“To me, the number one thing is aiming the putter face,” Baddeley says. “If you
can’t aim the putter face where you want to hit it, it makes it very difficult
to start the ball where you want. By aiming the putter face where you need it to
be allows you to get good feedback, too, because if the putter face is aiming
straight at the hole from 5 feet, and you miss it to the right, you obviously
pushed it. Whereas if you can’t aim the face, and you think it’s straight, but
your putter face is aiming left edge and you miss it on the left, you actually
made a nice stroke you just couldn’t aim it.”
Easier said than done, of course. Even Baddeley said he’s struggled with
alignment in the past. Using a drill he learned from his swing coach Butch
Harmon, Baddeley putts off of an 18-inch ruler to get himself back to square.
Drill: To perform Harmon’s ruler drill, setup a ruler about 10 feet from the
hole on a dead straight putt. Make sure the stick is aimed directly at the hole,
then place a golf ball directly on top of the ruler. When you setup to the ball,
what do you see? Does it look like the ruler is pointing left or right of your
target? If it does, hit some putts off the ruler until you get yourself properly
adjusted. Once you do, now you know what “square” really feels like.
Please note that Baddeley says to find a longer ruler than 12 inches to get the
most amount of feedback. To do as Baddeley does, keep the ruler in your bag so
if you ever feel off, you can simply take it out and get re-calibrated.
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