It is often heard within the first couple of weeks of the football season; a player scores an absolute screamer of a goal and the commentators are very quick to say 'it's a contender for goal of the season'. Here we are in the 5th competition of a 48 tournament season and I think that Branden Grace has already staked a claim for the honour of 'shot of the season'. Have a watch of the video and just remember that this was in the final round with only 2 more holes to go. I think it shows great skill, concentration and a large pair of you-know-whats!
Last week I gave you some simple hints and tips on how to prepare when facing a putt. This week I am going to look at the stance and set up to the putting stroke to give you a comfortable and effective position from which you can hole more putts.
The general consensus is that the ball should be directly below your eyes, but recent research has suggested that the most effective place to help you line up and hole more putts is for your C7 vertebrae at the base of your neck to be in line with your toes. This position is suggested due to people having different length neck; having the C7 above your toes is a natural balance point for your body. This is very hard to check on your own, so I would suggest coming to see me in the shop and we can go through it then. For the purposes of this newsletter having your eyes over the ball is a great start.
To check that you are in the right position an upturned CD will provide you with a great idea of where your eyes are. Simply place the golf ball in the hole in the middle and address the ball with your regular putting stance. If your eyes are level with the ball then you are in a pretty good place. Alternatively you can get set up to a putt without a ball, place a ball on the bridge of your nose and drop it down. Wherever the ball lands should be the place you are playing your putts from.
The next picture shows a face on view where the ball is slightly closer to my left foot than my right. Have you ever noticed how when you drop a ball on a relatively soft surface (like a carpet) that the ball will rock back slightly just before it stops moving? This is because it rests in a slight hollow and in order for me to hit the ball out of the hollow I need a little bit of loft on my putter (standard putter loft is 4*). I have the ball slightly towards my left foot to ensure that the ball is lifted out of the hollow and does not lose speed as this will cause the ball to come up short of the hole.
My stance is pretty much the same as if I am playing a full shot with a short iron and my hands and arms are in a very a very relaxed position to keep tension away from my muscles.
These are a couple of pointers to get you going, but one of the main keys to putting is making a repeatable action, therefore check that your routine, ball position, head position and set up is exactly the same for every putt you take.
In next weeks newsletter I will go through the stroke and what sort of things to look out for in your own game.
10 reasons you should get your kids into golf today
At Hornsea we are trying to produce a Junior section that the club can be proud of, but mainly we are looking to grow the game of golf and get more and more people playing. At the moment we provide lessons for anyone at all, whether it is a complete beginner or seasoned golfer. We have Junior lessons on a Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon and we have just started coaching in the local primary school where we hope to discover the next Rory McIlroy.
If you know of anyone who is thinking about getting into golf then please send them our way and we will be more than happy to get them started in this great game
Have a great golfing week
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PS I have just finished another two sets of group coaching and I am starting more next Monday. Have a look at the pictures and get yourself along to one of them...everyone can always improve!