Golf tips by Gary Alliss
PUTTING ON EARLY SPRING GREENS
Gary Alliss is the resident Golf Professional at Ladbrook Golf Club near Tanworth in Arden.
Each issue we catch up with him for his valued golf tips.
Now that we are into the spring the putting surfaces are getting smoother, but in most cases the greens are not yet running at summer speeds, this results in many golfers not judging the speed to strike the ball correctly to achieve the desired distance control.
This happens because golfers make a longer backswing but do not follow through correctly, they either stop the follow through too short, or, break their wrists as they strike the ball and the putter head accelerates too much. The result of these two actions are putts that finish too short or shots that roll too far passed the target.
What I want you to do is practice putts in the 15 feet to 30 feet range from the hole, then try to develop a very slightly shorter back swing than you would on a summer green. To help you, place a headcover behind the ball limiting how far back you can swing..........please don’t make it too short! Now make a longer follow through with a smoothly accelerating action. The most important aspect of the stroke is to ensure that you follow through with your leading wrist (left for right handers) remaining firm and not bending. Make the stroke at least 15% longer in the forward stroke compared to the back, you should see that your left arm, wrist and club have maintained their relationship as it was at set up and your left wrist has travelled just beyond your left hip.
Roll to hole!
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GARY ALLISS “THE KING OF THE SWING”
PGA MASTER PROFESSIONAL LADBROOK PARK GOLF CLUB
PGA CUP CAPTAIN 2007 & 2009
SLOVAK REPUBLIC NATIONAL GOLF COACH
R&A GOLF DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT 2012
GOLF MONTHLY TOP 25 COACH
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