Try Tiger’s putting drill

Tiger Woods is obviously one of the best putters in the game of golf. No doubt quite a bit of God-given talent has a lot to do with it.

Tiger Woods is obviously one of the best putters in the game of golf. No doubt quite a bit of God-given talent has a lot to do with it.

But when he practices, he makes it count, using drills that are effective in developing – and in his case – maintaining fundamentals that most take for granted or get away from altogether.

For this drill find yourself a straight 4 – 6 foot putt on the practice green and bring a half dozen balls. Now, put your left hand in your pocket and with your right hand on the grip where it would normally be, roll some putts. Do this for about 15 minutes every time you practice and your feel, speed and accuracy will improve dramatically.

You will automatically swing the putter the correct way with just your trailing hand on the club. The putter will appear to open on the way back, square up on contact and then close past the ball.

This is really square. Most of us have been taught incorrectly to take the putter straight back and straight through. This is confusing your line of flight with the path the golf club takes. We want to keep the club square to us, not the line of flight.

One quick note – Due to quite a few requests and demand for half-hour lessons, I am now offering a series of four – half hours for $200. And for the rest of this month only, for all new students (never taken a lesson from me) can get a one hour lesson for $80 – a saving of $40.

Have a great spring and summer golfing season.

If you would like to get all of the information you need to play great golf in one lesson, call, e-mail or come in any time for an appointment. Steve Wozeniak is PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses. He has taught more than 50 tour players and over 100 PGA and LPGA teaching professionals, including Jim Colbert, Rocco Mediate, Emily Klein, Jim Dent, Marco Dawson, Jim Mclean and Leonard Thompson. With his easy-to-understand, rid-yourself-of-the-nonsense approach to the golf swing, he is one of the top instructors in the country. Readers can contact him at swayne@premiergc.com or www.bellevuepgc.com.


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