Great Golfers who Putted from an Open Stance

Jack Nickalus

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18 major wins. Made crucial putts when he needed them the most. Need I say more?

Ben Crenshaw

Two-time Masters champion. Ben is regarded as one of the best putters ever with his long free-flowing stroke.

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Bobby Jones

One of the most celebrated golfers of all time. The only golfer to achieve a (pre-Masters era) Grand Slam, winning all four majors, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, The Open, The Amateur, in a single season.

In 1924, Walter Travis gave Bobby Jones a brief putting lesson in the locker room of the Augusta Country Club.  As reported in “The Life and Times of Bobby Jones”, by Syd Matthews, it was the putting lesson that “changed the course of Jones’s golfing history”. Travis instructed Jones to “get his feet so close together that the heels almost touch” and changed his grip to a reverse overlap.  Jones acknowledged the resulting improvement in his putting in his autobiography, “Golf is My Game”. –http://travissociety.com/who-was-travis/teacher/

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Dave Stockton Sr.

Two-time PGA Championship winner. Putting might but hard for some people, but it certainly isn’t for Dave.

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Bobby Locke

Coming out of South Africa, Bobby Locke is the winner of 4 Open Championships for a total of 72 career wins. The guy who coined the phrase, “Drive for show, Putt for dough.” Players on the PGA Tour wanted him banned because he was just too good. Gary Player said of him, “One six-foot putt, for my life? I’ll take Bobby Locke. I’ve seen them all, and there was never a putter like him. In the 100 or so competitive rounds I played with him, I saw him three-putt just once. … You had to see it to believe it.”

Bobby actually putts with a closed stance but I thought it worth including in this list. Different strokes for different folks!

Missing any? Leave a comment.

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The Anatomy of a Shank

June 20, 2013. I’ve been plagued by the dreaded shanks. Been seeing a lotta shankaroos from the 50-100 yard range. It doesn’t do much to inspire confidence, and in fact can be outright dangerous (one of them flew straight over my playing partner’s head). Using Live Video Delay (currently free for a limited time!) and a swing sample, I’ll try to determine the cause and hopefully find a cure.

Setup:
In Loop Mode, I’ve used the touch-screen telestrator to mark where my hands started at address.

Live Video Delay Shank 1

Live Video Delay Shank 1

Takeaway:
The clubhead is very inside for a wedge shot at this point. This will require a compensation later on in the swing.

Live Video Delay Shank 2

Live Video Delay Shank 2

Top:
Not much here other than everything is a bit behind most likely as a result of the inside takeaway.

Live Video Delay Shank 3

Live Video Delay Shank 3

Transition:
Club is way behind and under. Hard to recover from here.

Live Video Delay Shank 4

Live Video Delay Shank 4

Approaching Impact:
Club is still inside here. Hands are traveling away from the body instead of back to where they started at address. The hosel will be approaching the ball dangerously from here.

Live Video Delay Shank 5

Live Video Delay Shank 5

Impact:
Hands are way higher and away from the body than they were at address. It’s easy to see why the hosel is seeing so much action from here.

Live Video Delay Shank 6

Live Video Delay Shank 6

For comparison, look at this pitch shot from Tiger. I’ve overlayed his address and impact positions into a composite image. Look at where his hands are at address vs impact, almost identical!

Tiger 60 Yard Pitch Composite Overlay

Tiger 60 Yard Pitch Composite Overlay

Watch Ben Hogan’s hands at address vs impact for good measure:

Ben Hogan Address vs Impact Hands

Ben Hogan Address vs Impact Hands

So I believe the cure for me is to take the club back straighter along the target line. Coming down, the hands should come down approaching the right thigh and pass closer to the body instead of flying away from it. Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions!

Relevant: http://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction/faultsandfixes/swing-too-far-from-inside.php

Update:
Also found this video:

Starting to hit the ball much straighter!

How to Develop a Repeatable and Connected Golf Swing

Struggling with consistency in your ball striking? It’s might be that your arm and hand swing occurs independently from your body rotation, a.k.a. the big muscles. When things work independently of each other, you add more variables making it harder to be consistent.

So how do you stay connected? I believe the answer lies in the left armpit. You’ve seen players practice this. Vijay Singh tucks a headcover under his left armpit when practicing. Tiger tucks his left shirtsleeve under his armpit during his preshot routine. And, the list goes on. This is not a new idea.

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The left arm should stay connected to the body, and use it as a guide or reference point. When you do this, the distance and path of the hands stays constant from swing to swing. A good drill to feel this is to put a glove under your left armpit. Take a swing making sure the glove stays tucked under until well after impact. Be sure you keep your shoulder alignment neutral as it’s easy to start setting your upper body up closed to the target.

Try it. I think you’ll develop a much more repeatable swing!

How to Read Putts – Inspecting the Cup

There are many clues that can give you an idea of how a putt will roll. Inspecting the cup is one that’s commonly overlooked.

Take a look at this picture:

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And this:

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Which putt breaks right to left, and which breaks left to right?

Look at how the cup sits relative to the ground. Does it look like it’s tilting? Which side is higher than the other? This valuable clue works because putts tend to break the most nearest the hole, where they’re at their slowest. Factor this in and you’ll be a lot more confident in your reads.

How to Beat the Chipping Yips

They say chipping is the second easiest stroke to perform in golf. Some people might disagree.

If you’re having trouble with your chipping, I recommend practicing by chipping into little net like the Izzo Mini Chipping Net. I got mine for $15. Pretty good deal considering it’ll do wonders for your chipping. Get the hang it and once you’re out on the course, you should always pick exactly where you want to land the ball. It’s the exact same thing!

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Good chippers have good feel (hands, touch, whatever you wanna call it), or the ability to sense where the clubhead is throughout the stroke. Stiff and rigid movements rarely result in success. So relax! I like to feel like I’m bending or loading the shaft at the top, keeping that tempo nice and smooth.

Try out these tips and you’ll be chipping better in no time.

How to Groove a Solid Putting Stroke

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When practicing, find a hole with a straight putt. Use a Chalk Line to draw a straight line from the hole. Place your ball on this line and putt to groove the proper stroke and get a feel for the correct alignment. You’ll be surprised how many putts you can make when you know you’re aimed correctly and make a good stroke.

When playing on the course, aim your putter to a spot a few inches ahead of the ball on the line you’ve chosen. This gives you perfect alignment. Make a good stroke and it will go in.