October 11, 2019- by Steven E. Greer, MD
To hit a putt that sends the golf ball off on the ideal top-spin roll, the putter must strike upward on the ball. Brad Faxon talks about this.
Well, that is remarkably difficult to do. We all want to stab at the ball, which causes the ball to skip and hop for the first few feet, adding unreliability to distance control.
I had the flu this week. So, out of boredom, I hit a million putts. I really wanted to prefect the stroke. I was pretty accurate, but still did not like the occasional miss due to hand muscle jerks. I wanted to get even better.
A month or so ago, I experimented with a pendulum swing. A professional golfer witnessed me make three putts from 20-feet, and three from 30-feet, over nine-holes. It could have been the best putting of my life.
However, I was not quite sure what I was doing. Therefore, I was unable to duplicate it for long.
This week, I experimented indoors to find out what it was that I was doing back then. I found the magic feel, for me at least.
To get the elusive pendulum swing, take a light grip and rock the shoulders. Everyone knows that, but it is easier said than done.
This is the feel that works for me. Focus your thoughts on the left shoulder. Take the putter back by dipping the left shoulder. Then, turn it up toward the sky to impact the golf ball. Keep your head still by not looking at the ball after you hit it.
I hope this works for you too. I sure feel like Jack Nicklaus doing it.