November 19, 2022 at 7:44 pm #12501Reposted Forum moveKeymaster
Ed_Blackburn1 May 15, 2017
Hi Ross, a two part question in regards to putting. First, when setting up is the putter face square with feet parallel to the line between the ball and the hole? In the video it looks like your feet are a little closed but this could be a camera angle issue I imagine.
Second after letting the arms hang can there be any contact with the torso during the stroke (even a light brushing) or should we make sure there is no contact at all between arms and torso?
EdNovember 19, 2022 at 7:45 pm #12502RossKeymaster
Ross May 15, 2017
Sorry this got a bit long, but it is all great stuff that will work well once incorporated.
In a perfect world, the shoulder line and toe line would be parallel to the target line*. I know my feet are a bit closed, but that is okay because the path the putter head moves along, is exactly underneath the shoulders, and can be seen/practiced, by letting the arms hang**. What this means is, the shoulders dictate the path, not the feet. The path won’t change unless you let your hips or head move (a nono [nono]). The shoulders are the only thing that moves with my method. Have a friend watch you to point out how many other body parts move during your stroke. It takes a lot of work to not move anything except the shoulders.
Now, the putter face is exactly 90° (perpendicular) to this target line, and hangs (about 1/2″ off the ground) above this line, exactly on the sweet spot … and your eyes*** must be over this line too. These all add up to many more makes.
No, there should not be any contact with the body during the stroke.
* The target line is the line you want the ball to start on that allows for break if needed. This may be a line straight thru the cup if no break is needed.
** Once setup, with the arms hanging, you can find your shoulder alignment, and the path the putter head will travel, by pointing your thumbs towards each other (Thanks to Dave Pelz)… then while pointing your thumbs towards each other, push down and pull up the front shoulder to see the path. It is easy to see if your path is in-to-out, or out-to-in, to your target line… we want straight back and straight thru along the target line. We don’t use the hands/arms to manipulate the path, the shoulders must do the work while the arms hang. Then, setup using your putter the same way. Just make sure the putter face is exactly 90° to the path your shoulders make. HINT: The grip end must be setup ahead of the ball a bit, and you must keep firm wrists during the entire stroke, to keep the putter head from flipping ever.
*** As you let your arms hang at setup, you want your eyes exactly over the target line too. Once setup, you can drop a golf ball from the bridge of your nose, and see where it hits on the ground, to see if your eyes are over the line. Most are surprised when they try this. You may need to allow for a bit more tilt, to get your eyes over the line to not brush your body during the stroke. If you add more tilt, this must still be athletic and in balance (no lean out or reach out).November 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm #12503Reposted Forum moveKeymaster
reneke May 19, 2017
Sorry Ross, for this stupid question,but could you explain “pointing your thumbs towards each other (Thanks to Dave Pelz)”
Do you mean pointing the thumbs to the ground and is it with or without the club?
Thank you!November 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm #12504RossKeymaster
Ross May 19, 2017
You don’t use a club for this. The thumbs give you your shoulder line. If you move your front shoulder down, then up (correct for putting), you can see your path. This is the path the ball will roll if you have a square putter face. Now… if you move your shoulders around your spine*, you will change your path. This is why most right handed golfers miss left, because their front shoulder moves behind them on the downswing (changing the path) vs. pulling up with the front shoulder to not change the path.
* We do not turn our shoulders around the spine for putting or chipping. We do turn the shoulders around the spine for all other golf shots. This is for more control when we don’t need much power.
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