This is a page that chronicles
Thune's 10 years quest to become a good putter.
The major turn towards that end came with the
Tiger Woods right hand
only drill, and then the discovery of the
Horton Smith principles of putting to go with
it. Today, I can say with all
honesty, that I am an extremely accomplished
Older articles which appear in
order going down certainly
get trumped by the newer articles at the
top. That's because the "right hand only"
drill is the key to becoming a good putter.
Thune Finds The Putting Secret
(After 9 long years.)
There is a secret to putting and
I will keep it as simple as possible.
First, one must understand that virtually all
good putters use the newer "release" stroke
where there is flexibility in the left wrist.
You cannot release a putter, if you do not
release it, and that means the wrists must have
flexibility and swing the putter. To do this and
make it go straight you must be aware of the
1. You must establish an
exact pivot point
in your left wrist in the crease just above
your left hand. This is the crease at the
bottom of and on the inside of your left
2. Your left wrist cannot
rotate, or move laterally
relative to a spot on your forearm just
below your left elbow. You must create a
perfect hinge with no unwanted left wrist
lateral slide relative to your upper left
3. You must relax the outside of
your left wrist and allow it to stretch going
order to eliminate this left wrist lateral movement (relative
to the upper left forearm)
during the swinging action.
4. In a swinging putting
stroke, you must understand that everything
below the pivot
point moves further and in an ever increasing lateral
amount as you move
downward. The bottom of your right hand travels the
furthest laterally going back
and then again going forward.
5. You must set your right
wrist while dragging the
left hand along with it and
the outer part of your "relaxed" left wrist to stretch
thus stopping any lateral
movement of the left wrist relative to the upper left
forearm. This keeps the pivot
point in a very very accurate and repeatable position
much like a very steady hinge
relative to the rest of your left forearm.
6. You must stroke forward understanding
that the lower part of your right hand will
travel much further laterally than everything above it.
This again keeps the pivot
point (left wrist) from sliding laterally relative to
your upper left forearm. You must
keep that pivot point very steady relative to your
upper left forearm and without any
lateral slide taking place.
7. You must understand that essentially
the right hand must move properly in a lateral
manner as you set that
right wrist, to prevent any "stack up"
that makes that left
wrist slide laterally relative to the upper left
forearm. Nicklaus used a pumping right
arm while Utley suggests flexibility in the right
elbow. You must make the left wrist
a perfect hinge which does not contain any
lateral slide relative to the upper left
forearm. A "relaxed"
outer left wrist which stretches is required to
happen Dragging the left hand back around the
pivot point (by allowing the outer
wrist to stretch), with right hand/wrist set, is
a very good way to do this.
occur when that left wrist slides laterally
relative to the upper forearm. This is
where rotation happens and the putter gets out
of line with the target. This is
the lateral left wrist movement of the stroke
itself. This is unwanted lateral movement of the
left wrist in the swinging action component
only, relative to the rest of the left arm.
This lateral movement of the left wrist is
relatively hard to eliminate until you get the
hand of it. Then limit that swinging to a
minimum just as Tiger does, and you can't miss
!!!! The hinge is so perfect at all
times that the putts go straight as a string as
you use the left hand as a guide like all good
all. You must learn to keep that hinge point at
the inside bottom of the left wrist in a
steady position relative to the rest of the left
arm as you swing the putter. Improper hand
action causes this pivot point to dance all over
the place laterally relative to the rest of the
left arm and this is where all the inconsistency
additional twisting of the left wrist that
happens as a result of this movement !!!!!!
pros are so accurate because they create this
accuracy. This is how they do it.
I'm now for the first time ever making at least
9 out of 10 from 5 to 6 feet in practice at all
times. This is how I do it.
You've got to
keep that left wrist from "dancing" as it
swings. Just move it a few times by itself
by flexing your left wrist back and forth alone
it dance laterally relative to the rest of that
problem which you
in order to create the accuracy that is needed
for straight putting (starting the ball on the
intended line) !
Why Tiger Woods
"Stands Tall" When
Having adopted Tigers' right-hand-only drill, I
have always thought that I'm not really putting
like Tiger until I find myself with the same
problems Tiger faces. And Tiger insists
that he has to constantly remind himself to
"stand tall" when putting.
I had no need to do
this. Then it hit me yesterday,
like a freight train, why Tiger stands tall.
And on this point, I am now quite certain why
It turns out that the great Horton Smith
revealed his secrets of putting before he passed
away. Horton, a great putter in his own
right, and another strong advocate of the
right-hand-only drill, insisted that one of his
two most important "keys" in putting was to turn
his wrists straight down. Way down !
This, according to Horton, makes any inherent
wrist flex emulate a non-rotating flap, exactly
like a mud flap swings. And it does !
So the putts go much straighter when you are
keeping the putter handle "flat", because there
is little to no wrist/arm rotation when the
wrists are turned down. There is only a straight
"back and forth" swinging movement like a mud
flap swinging in the breeze. But the
problem is, you look like a klutz when you
do this. It just can't be.
Nobody putts while looking this way.
So there I am, standing on the practice
putting green with my wrists turned way down,
and knowing that this basic concept is absolute
looking like a complete klutz in my setup.
suddenly hit me !!!The thought was, "Just stand up tall like
Tiger Woods does you dummy", and "pull it out".
And suddenly with just this one little
adjustment alone, I looked perfectly
normal, but with my wrists
still turned completely down.
Tiger Woods.... "It frees up my arms to swing
Then I set an all-time
personal best of 37 putts in a row with the
right-hand-only, from four feet out !!!
Putting Continued - As I Zero
Geoff Mangum is perhaps the world's leading
authority on putting. It is his life's passion,
and he runs the world's largest website and
forum (blog) on this subject called "Geoff
Mangum's Putting Zone".
Interestingly, we both independently came up with
same solution. Keep
the putter handle flat ! That's the
Then if this is true (keeping the putter hand
flat), the position of the
ball is totally uncritical, for the most part.
Even Tiger states that he frequently gets too
far behind the ball and has to move back "into"
it. It turns out that the absolute worst
spot is right at the bottom of the stroke.
That's because this is the most unstable wrist
position during the stroke. Too much is
going on in your joints right in that spot. As one releases on through
the bottom of the stroke, the hands
and wrists come back into a much more stable
position when you are keeping that flat spot on
the handle perfectly flat. Note Geoff's
remark about addressing and hitting the ball
right at the bottom.
"This is not good", says Jeff without explaining
more about this. If you get
good at the right hand only drill, after a while
you will see that he is exactly right about this
however. It's just much easier to release
on past the bottom in order to hit the putts
straight. It's that "stability"
issue at the bottom that causes this. Tiger
actually releases the putter past his hands, as
do I. Actually Geoff does too, even though
you don't see it here. That is covered in
another of his videos.
Think not, see this (Both videos are Geoff
Geoff's use of the word
"flat" in this particular video refers to the
putter head, not the grip.
This is not the main issue we are discussing
here. He unfortunately uses of the same
word,"flat" for a totally different meaning in this particular ball
The fact that you keep the grip flat is why the ball position is
not critical (as demonstrated here)
and that is because there is no timing in this
method. That's why it works and repeats.
Keeping the flat part of the putter grip
perfectly flat is not easy to do. Don't be
fooled. Geoff has admitted to having hit
many millions of putts. The right hand
only drill is the shortcut to not having to do
that. That's why tiger practices it so
much. To help you out, the secret is
to very fluidly "release" on
through the bottom
of the stroke (as Geoff shows you in the video)
and on "up" while keeping that handle very flat.
The front side of the putter (ball side) must
face "up" (skyward) at the end. Until you
just "zing it" through
the bottom, it's not going to happen repeatedly.
Tiger actually "hits" it a bit with his right
hand, while sending the putter head past his
hands a bit to help this out. So do I.
This is what they are talking about, when an
announcer says, "This guy has a great stroke".
The right hand only drill..... Like it or
not, it's the only way to get there.
Keeping that handle perfectly flat is hard to
do. Disadvantaging yourself (right hand
only drill) will get you to the very precise
magnitude of flatness that is required to be a
really good putter. If it wasn't this way,
everyone would be a good putter.
Unfortunately very few people are good putters.
And they play on the PGA tour !
Every skilled player can get it from tee to
green about equally. Even on tour that's
only an average of about 13 greens hit per
round. Frankly, I can do that too. But
those guys out there can all putt.
That's why they are there.
How I Turned Myself Into A Good
(Nothing more needs to be said....)
Putter Grip - Looking Down.
Thune Putting Woes
Officially Over ! (And
more importantly how I did it.)
Once being the absolute worst short putter at
Black Diamond (by far and away), that has all
changed. That lack of ability to make
these short putts is why I essentially quite
playing golf for the most part. It just wasn't
much fun anymore for me, and I have frankly seen
much of the same among many to most Black
Diamond golfers. Usually they "buzz it off" as a
bad read. But what's to read for a
missed straight-in three-footer ?
I'm a realist. I just couldn't hit the
ball straight and where I intended.
Clearly I now consider myself
at making these short putts once again.
Frankly, the first 9+ years of
trying to get out of this mess was a total waste
of time. But then I
found Tiger's right hand only drill about two
months ago. That's the one that he
practices with complete fanaticism all the time
until he makes 100 in a row. That changed
everything ! Now I find that about every
top-rated putting instructor teaches, and has
taught, one to use this same technique to
develop a reliable putting stroke for many
years. That list of instructor advocates
for this technique goes clear back to Horton
Smith, a very accomplished putter, putting
instructor, and the first winner of the Masters.
What happens is that one cannot make a
significant number of putts in a row, with
that right hand only, from say,
three feet, without finding and adapting a
sound technique to do it. Then one finds
that the only way to do this is to keep the flat
spot on the putter grip perfectly flat and on a
single plane throughout the entire stroke.
When one does that,
they remove 100 percent of the timing from the
putting stroke. That's because the
putter blade is always pointed exactly at the
hole. One further then discovers that
releasing the putter and hitting the ball at a
point just beyond one's hands in the through
stroke makes the task of keeping that flat spot
exactly flat at all times much easier, just as
Tiger has very publicly stated he does.
Once again Tiger Woods did not miss a single
putt under 5 feet during the entire Players
Championship. The winner Henrik Stenson
didn't miss any either. For Woods that was
a repeat of the same unbelievable performance of
a few weeks back when he won that tournament
without a miss all week. Yet most avid
golfers will recall that just 5 years ago, it
was a fact that on the PGA tour the average for
the entire field on 5 to 6 foot putts
was just 50 percent !
So what has changed. Well it
was Butch Harmon and his conversion of Tiger
Woods's putting in 2003. That is when all
this happened on a grand scale. Have you noticed
that absolutely no one chokes when coming down
the stretch for a win anymore on those short
putts. Now you know why !
Now that you know what to look for, watch the
pro's on TV. Jim Furyk with that left hand
low and two thumbs on top is the perfect
example. He keeps that flat spot on the
handle so flat it's unbelievable. It's looks
like it's riding perfectly flat on a single
plane sheet of glass. Most average golfer's
what amounts in tennis to a "top spin" forehand
on every putt. That's why they putt so
poorly. Switching gears by 90 degrees on the
putter handle, you will also be keeping that
leading edge of the putter handle "square" and
unrotating and/or unrotated throughout the
entire stroke. For many it will now feel
for the first time ever like you are hitting the
putt "sideways" because all rotation is now (and
probably again for the first time) removed.
The ability to do this is what you develop with
the right hand only drill. And before
long, on those short putts, you're going to be
just like Tiger Woods....
* I think I'm
discovering why Tiger allows the putter to pass
his hands, &
this is something I have found to work too. More on that when I'm sure.
If you want to insist on the "old
school" technique of putting with a stiff left
wrist, well then just go ahead and continue to
putt like a chump
for the rest of your life. That's what it
really gets down to. The right hand only
drill will train you to not have to do this
anymore. While most the pro's appear to
have a stiff left wrist, they have refined this
move to what for the most part is not visible on
TV. But it is clearly documented in
web-based articles by top instructors that they
are really "releasing" the putter to a pivot.
The much talked about pro "release" that
literally all of the pros are now using allows
you to keep the putter handle much flatter
on a single plane.
That's what it does ! It just
"pivots" over a much shorter distance than when
"carried" quite a distance with the old
traditional "hold on" stroke. The
margin for error (handle's twist off of plane)
is reduced significantly. And with the
blade going slightly past the hands before
impact with the ball
(and you also have kept the putter head
accelerating down the line with that flat spot
on the putter handle remaining perfectly flat),
this causes the blade to straighten up even more
and on a significant basis. These things
allow that leading edge of the putter to "stay"
perfectly square rather than rotate left (as
almost every handicap player does). This
"past the hands" impact point is where you
should get that very precious "I'm hitting it
"sideways with the
putter handle" feeling.
But that's only because
there is absolutely no rotation of the putter
handle ANYMORE in your stroke !!!!
It's no longer a slap shot, or a like tennis's
topspin forehand, even though you don't feel
this !!! It's a non-rotating
"center punch" with speed and true end-over end"
role !!! And when you get good on the
right hand drill, the reason for the use of
these same moves will become intuitively
I now routinely make 7 out of 7 from four
feet with the right hand only. Most of
those go in the center of the hole, especially
if I'm letting the putter pass my hands a tiny
bit just before impact and
keeping it moving, exactly as Tiger does.
It's 7 out of 7 balls because that fills up the
If you practice this for several weeks like I
did, you are going to blow your friends away on
the putting greens.
That comes with an iron-clad guarantee. So
don't forget to tell them what they are missing
by not coming to this website (If that's the
case). This is the most dynamite article
ever published on this website, and is a result
of about 5000 hours on a practice putting green
and well over a half a million plus practice
putts I'm sure. Just like I did a few
years back with my full swing, I wanted to find
a putting stroke that carries from the practice
area to the golf course, too. That's what
I did here. Now it's on to chipping
where "vision of the shot" is most everything !
I already know that much......
At some point I am going to tell you in a
series of articles why Nicklaus and Arnie before
him both told you that the first six inches of
the takeaway on the full swing is
It may have taken me many hours on the range to
discover why, but this
IS the secret of
carrying a range game to the golf course.
It's not as simple as it sounds !!!!!!
Why You Can't Peek
At A Putt ! (There's a
seriously important reason.)
The very first logical
explanation I have ever found on this subject.
It is absolutely critical
that the angle of one's neck (going out) stay
aligned with, and behind, the putter face (as it
lies in the address position) throughout the
stroke and until the finish. When you change
that angle (to peek at a putt) the shoulders
instantaneously come around rather than continue
on upwards and the putter face then gets
instantly misaligned. Try it....
you'll see. The shoulders just go right along
with that "damned" neck (to the left) as you
"swing" your eyes to see the putt. Then
just keep that flat spot of the putter handle
from turning even one teeny bit through the
finish as you go "under" with the putter handle.
Keep that flat spot
"Flat" on one plane ! And do not
"hold on" as you start foreword. Release
and swing right from the start. A very light
grip helps with this swinging action as you use
your shoulders only with this stroke.
Do not be
too quick at the start
forward and the
putter face will stay square to the line
throughout the stroke !!!!
And let your arms hang (fully out).
Tiger even turns his head right, thus his eyes,
(like a hub cap turns) away from the target to
further assure that he holds that neck angle
perfectly. "Out of sight, out of
mind". The golf channel video of this is
down right now.
KEEP THAT FLAT SPOT ON THE
HANDLE.... FLAT (no rotation) !!!!!
It's all about plane
(that flat spot, with no rotation of the
putter's handle), and that's how you keep it
there as you swing
"up" and through the ball with the putter face
remaining perfectly aligned to the hole
They did it then, and they still
do it now !
"The basic point of all putting
fundamentals is squareness. I call it the "box"
principle. It means simply that the feet, hips,
shoulders and hands must all be square to the
putting line. The key is the hand position: the
back of the left hand and the palm of the right
must always face directly toward the hole. The
principle holds true at every stage of the
putting stroke. You can achieve the square
feeling of the left hand leading the backstroke
right hand hitting squarely at and through
impact only when you have
mastered the box principle".......
--- HORTON SMITH, Detroit Golf Club
Picacho Hills Golfer Records
After Starting "Tiger's" One Hand Drill
Since I have shared my findings
with several of the "young guns"
over at Picacho Hills, one in
particular had a personal best
in a single round that he had
just completed when I arrived on
Joe attributes this to the
one-hand (or right hand) putting
drill which several of these
young players have adopted.
Not only that, but he also
his PGA card (card carrying PGA
tournament over at the NMSU
course last week, again
crediting much of this to the
new stroke which this drill
of these young men, who all work
at the club, graduate from NMSU
this spring not only with a
full-blown BA degree, but
a with a "Class A" PGA
(Professional Golfer) card
too !!!!!!! Now
there's a hell of a program.
They have found, as I have found, that the
improved role and straightness of the ball right
off of the putter face is just to good for this
to not be the answer in putting.
I have always said,
when asked, is that my putting problems have
been a lack of straightness right off of the
putter face. Many people commented that my
putting was not that bad. But it just was
not like it used to be when I was younger, and I
knew that. I once was a scratch golfer,
and that was gone (big time). But it was
because of the putter !
This solves that problem. That right
hand must learn to properly go "under" rather
than around, and stay square longer, in order to
master this "right hand (only) drill". And
that then carries to the golf course. It
improves one's putting dramatically when that
left hand is put back on the club.
In order to get good with the right hand
alone, one must "release" the putter head
through the ball,
and finish the follow-through of the stroke with
that right hand
almost facing the
sky. That means that the right hand never
rotates to the left
as almost everyone does ! It must go
under, rather than around and pass the left hand
just ever so slightly. This is why the roll, and
straightness right off of the putter face, gets
so much better. When you
get it right, the difference you will see is
That's why the Tiger Man is so good.
***This is not to be
confused with the closing of the putter face
caused by the shoulder action alone as a result
of, and seen in, "arc" putting. What we
are talking about here is the independent
rotation of the arms and hands only. That
is why the word "almost"
is highlighted in red just above. "Arc"
putters will still see the putter face close,
but as a result of shoulder action alone on a
tilted plane. There is a big difference
between the two.
One other tip. Keep
that stroke short and accelerate. It is
hard to master the right hand drill with a long
stroke. Usually you will release too early.
And it is hard to learn to go under with that
right hand. You must stop that right hand
rotation and finish with the right hand
almost "facing up to the sky" !!!!!!
Dave Pelz advocated this years ago, and with
much emphasis and detail. He devoted a
whole chapter to it in his book.
But this is why his system
never worked for most people. He
was right, but most people just never got
there all the way with this. They gave up way to
soon. The secret is that the right hand drill
(using the right hand only) forces you into this
proper action, or else you just cannot get good
at making putts with that right hand only on the
Tiger Does It Again !
In what might
have been his greatest putting exhibition ever,
Tiger returned with a victory on Sunday. In the
72 holes for the week, he did not miss a putt
from inside of six feet, or roughly 57 out of
57, and did not miss a putt under 10 feet on
Sunday. Add to that the three
additional "snakes" that he made, and it
was nothing short of amazing.
for putting is clearly revealed on the Internet
and detailed below in an article that I just
created. The key is to master his right
hand drill. But remember, you must load
something in order to unload a "release" through
impact. If your right hand returns to the
impact position unloaded, it yips and breaks
down the left wrist too early. Tiger does
this "loading" by a slight cupping of his right
wrist going back, and then he "brings it" going
forward with a right hand hit past the left
wrist and through impact. The great Horton
Smith did the same thing but with a "hooding" of
the club going back, and then he "brought it"
with an clockwise rotation (rotational undoing)
through impact. You must start this action
just as you start forward in the stroke. Smith's
action, which seems complicated, was not so dumb
(I found out), because it brings the right hand
in the direction it needs to go.
That would be under,
finishing with the right hand almost
facing the sky.
about releasing the clubface squarely to the
through the ball
passing the left wrist slightly.
And the better end-over-end roll you get
from this technique is beyond description.
And they just come off the club face straighter
myself. After a successful session with
the right hand only, short two-handed putts are
automatic. Then try this same technique
with left hand low. That too is amazing.
You've got to get good with that right hand
only, first !!!!!
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It's The Right Hand...
Stupid !!!! How
- Woods, Crenshaw, Faxon, Perry (recently),
became such good putters.
You can too. The cat is out of the bag !
It makes no difference if you
are Tiger Woods or Joe Schmo. In putting,
it's the right hand... stupid. It turns
out that we were all taught to use a
stiff left wrist that does not break down
to virtually lock out that balky right hand when
putting. That hand just wants to kick in
at the wrong time, roll to the left, not repeat
itself, mini-yip, and just reek general
So what sets Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Brad
Faxon, Kenny Perry (more recently), and now just
about the whole PGA tour apart from the rest of
They trained their right
hand... stupid !!!! That
should be a no brainer. But it isn't.
Since 2003, Tiger Woods has used his right
hand drill with complete fanaticism. He
putts a revolving alternate rotation of 12 putts
(right hand only) and then 6 putts (two hand)
until he makes 100 in a row from about
three feet. He does this at every
tournament. With any single miss, he starts
over. He can be seen on television quite
often doing this. In one run (in an
article that I found), Tiger claims only 5
misses from inside 3 feet in 4000 putts !!!
It turns out that almost every single top
ranked teacher of PGA players now includes this
technique in putting.
This is why you never here
any pro player explain "the release".
It's just to complicated for the average
player. The secret is that if you train
that right hand, there is no need for the left
hand. And if there is no need for the left
hand, then you do not have to keep it stiff.
Instead, the left hand just acts as a guide only
as you allow that right hand to
release right past it and down the line at the
No fear!!! That right hand knows
what to do. That's because you trained it
!!!!! It actually hits the
ball, just as Tiger has often said he does.
Forget about that forbidden "right hand hit" you
hear about. TRAIN !
And the roll. WOW, WOW,
WOW, WOW, WOW. The ball just explodes
off the clubface as straight as a string and
with that end-or-end "pro" roll !!!
And it dives into the hole, just like that seen
on TV, if it gets even a tiny piece of the hole.
It's not sharply cut cups that's causing this.
It's speed and roll. The "old wives' tale" about
slow putts falling in more often is a complete
myth. Did you ever think that maybe more
ball's might fall
out of the hole
than fall in, due to the bumps around the
hole and a tendency for the cup to sometimes be
mounded. That doesn't happen when you get
your speed up, and your ball going end-over-end
with that nice pro like roll.
Tiger Woods had
a detailed video showing and explaining all of
this on YouTube some time back, and it has now
mysteriously removed. I wonder why
! The golf channel owns a similar video
with Tiger and Butch explaining the same thing
in much less detail which is still posted.
It is not anywhere near as good however.
Virtually all the top teachers are teaching
the same technique.
That's because it works !!!!!
As for me, it came as a complete fluke.
While reminiscing about that Tiger Woods video
that has been taken down,
I decided to try it in practice. On about
the 10th putt, with my right hand only on the
putter, the ball just flew off the putter
face with that pro roll. And it was as straight
as a string coming off of that putter face too.
It was a dramatic difference.
That definitely got my
attention. Then I noticed that the ball
just dove into the hole when it was on the edges
of the cup. I was ecstatic to say the
least. Then I went to the web for about
six hours of Google searching,
and I hit the jackpot. It was very clear
that this is what virtually ever good putter is
doing, and every good teacher is teaching.
Just train that right hand to release past
impact and power that ball into the hole.
Just blow it in there
and be certain that you have no
reservation for five or six inches past impact.
It's no wonder Tiger Woods says over and over
again, "You have to commit
to the line". Tiger said in that video he
cocks the wrist a little going back and hits the
putt with his right hand going forward. He
further stated that he wants the right hand to
pass the left at impact, and that the left hand
is used as a guide only. Both Butch Harmon
and his his new teacher, Hank Haney, confirm
this (see related article links below).
It is documented that many of the tour
players use the belly putter, long putter, and
claw grip, to get the hang of this. Now I
know why Joey Rassett was practicing so much
with the long putter when his putting went
south. That was at the recommendation of
his old college coach. He told me to use
the right hand only when doing this drill (with
the long putter) but never told me why. So
it had no meaning to me, For many people,
that right hand has gotten so "yippie"(micro-yips),
that this is the only way to retrain it and get
the right feel. Count Kenny Perry in this
group of people who "retrained" himself using
the long putter to get the correct release
without a mini yip, and Mark O'Meara did the
same with the claw/saw grip. The
pro's say the belly putter really releases
nicely with this technique. And remember,
when hitting the ball with the right hand only,
on the long putter, you can use the left hand to
prevent any CCW rotation, thus making that right
hand "go under" on the release the way it
should. This is the "feel" you must attain
in the standard right hand drill with a
It has taken me about 3 days to start to get
good at this, but WOW !!!!! Try it and you
will never go back. It's the only
way. The better roll is just "too much" to
ignore. But remember, your not there until
you can make about 8, or more, out of 10, from 3
to 4 feet, with the right
Now, you've got 'THE RELEASE" they all talk
It's just fabulous to say the least.
Think I'm wrong ? See these and then
decide ! Click on each link.
Reinmuth] Watch that
first putt get just the edge of the hole and
still go down.
This is how you become a really good
putter....... It Works !
I have a bunch more links to various articles on
this subject to put up here in the coming
What Tiger, and Phil, and the like, know
And You Don't.
It may have have taken me 10 years to find
it, but I did find it. Crenshaw said he also "waisted' 10 years before
actually learning how to putt. I have always felt that these people
are not that exceptionally blessed with physical differences. They
are exceptionally blessed with perseverance,
however. They have been willing to take the time and effort to find a
way. And there is a way to be a very good putter which does not rely on
overt and even unrealistic timing skills. And what I will show and
explain here (below) is 100 percent compatible with what Stan Utley has now
taught to over 100 touring pros. He is
the man. Utley stated, and even emphasized, on the golf channel that the
number one thing he works on with touring pros that come to him with balky
putting is "plane". "I get them either "onto" or "back onto", plane,
said Utley. "Plane, is what I look for in everyone who comes to me",
stated Utley, on that GC appearance which I taped. Said Utley, "Plane is
what I look for, teach, and correct".
It came together for me just within the
last two months and after about 10 years and at least 200,000 to 300,000
practice putts. With so many variables, it just is not that easy to
find. The solution started when I worked all of the rotation out of my
arms and forearms. That just had to be it, I thought. It makes
sense. What I did not realize then, is that I had transferred
(or at least did not eliminate) this balky non-repeatable rotation
to my shoulders. Then while doing my
daily 6 mile walk it hit me right out of the blue and like a gift from God
above ! I wasn't even thinking about it when my mind went to....
It's the shoulder's stupid.... Unless they track
exactly on plane, that non-consistent and
unconscious rotation is still there.
Get both of those shoulders exactly
on plane, and there will be no inconsistent rotation
left in my stroke, now that I have eliminated all rotation and
movement from my arms.
The very big muscles of the shoulders
alone just working up and down on the same exact
slant (plane) will make the required rotation very very repeatable
all the time. The blade will basically have to be square at impact,
now, and 15 minutes from now too, at the next green. There is no
timing here !!!! Well.... except for what I say in the next paragraph
Now there is one other thing. Once
you get all of the rotation out of your forearms, do not use your arms in
any way, and get both of your shoulders repeatedly on plane, the only one
way you can miss a short putt is if the putter head lags behind. While
rotation will still be there, it will be 100 percent
shoulder rotation, which is very repeatable. The blade simply
cannot close up in time from the rotation caused by the slanted movement of
the shoulders up and down if it is late to impact.
Now comes in the famous right hand hit of Tiger Woods.
Hank Haney (Tiger's teacher), says Tiger "hits" the putt a little ahead of
his hands at impact. Bingo.... That solves this problem.
It's nothing more than a frigg'n insurance policy against a lagging putter
head. Then Ian Baker Finch just this week-end mentioned on the TV
telecast that one should not worry about a little right hand "yip" at impact
if you have it. This was thought to be a fatal killer in the past.
"Just go with it instead", said Finch, "and amplify that little "yip" into a
big "yip" and release on through with the right hand". Again
Now I had tried this before and it was a
complete waste of time. But now that I am "on
Plane" (with my shoulders as discussed below) it is just wonderful.
It's just a little "bump" with the right hand, but it
feels so good ! You just know for sure that you are "there" at
impact with the squared up putter head. It's no wonder so many very
low to plus handicap and tour players have incorporated just a little right
hand "hit" at impact. After you get on plane,
this just "seals the deal" with a little bit of extra insurance against a
lagging putter head and a resultant open putter blade. Before
acquiring this "keep it on plane" skill, any right hand hit is completely
worthless as a beneficial effort. That's because unwanted,
unconscious, and inconsistent rotation is still there keeping the blade off
line at impact.
Major Putting Story Coming !!!!
After almost 10 years of trying, I
have finally learned how to putt, and how to bring a
practice stroke to the golf course. Ben Crenshaw claims it took
him about 10 years too. It turns out that there is a way to putt that
works. While fairly simple, it just isn't that intuitively obvious.
Interestingly, it exactly parallels what Stan Utley has now taught to
over 100 touring professionals. While Utley personally uses an arm
stroke, this method is identical for the shoulder putters as well.
Utley in his personal stroke just substitutes his elbows (of all things) for
his shoulders. It really makes little difference. For those that
missed it, Phil Mickelson made 58 out of 59
putts from inside 5 feet last week, to win at Riviera. Now for the
first time, I can see how someone can actually get that good, while under
such pressure. There is a way !
In a pro shop only publication last month,
Utley outlined his 3 principles. I was in shock, when I discovered
that this was exactly what I had found by myself.
Utley's Three Principles. 1. You must stay on one plane only. And that
plane will be tilted due to the
putter shaft tilt angle away/off of vertical.
2. You cannot rotate the putter relative to the
path of the putter head on that
tilted plane. The putter head must stay
perpendicular to the bending path it
scribes on the one tilted plane that it is following.
So in a very very
confusing statement, the
putter blade must then actually rotate open and
closed in order to do that.
It's just a natural fact of life.
Utley actually talked about this rotation on his one
hour appearance on the
Golf Channel, and this instantly
destroyed his credibility to most people. But
it turns out he was exactly right. He just didn't
explain in detail how to do it.
If one naturally assumed it was with the forearms, they
were 100 percent
wrong. He uses the big
muscles of his elbows to follow the plane and cause
the required rotation to remain un-rotated to the
putter's path, while
retaining the integrity of his un-rotated forearms and
hands. This is a whole
different animal than what one would think on first
(Bear in mind,
Utley is an arm putter, not a shoulder putter, thus the
use of the elbows. He
substitutes his elbows for his shoulders, but it is the
exact same principle
as used in shoulder putting.)
Just look at a full swing. At both 3 & 6 o'clock, the
putter has rotated a full 90
degrees away from the target line. That's the two
positions where the club's
toe should be pointed straight up and the blade is
pointed either 90 degrees
away from your front side or 90 degrees away from your
back side. In both
cases the blade is perpendicular to the target, not at
it. Full rotation has
happened. In putting it is required too,
but on a much smaller scale.
3. You must release the putter through the ball to the same "path on it's
on the follow-through. In other words, you do not go
down the line like most
of us were taught, but rather you must go inside the
line, while continuing to
rotate the putter on closed. This takes any
little micro-yip out of the stroke,
and the resultant smoothness of this trumps any attempt
to square up the
putter head and change directions to go down the line.
And also, actually
making everything go down the line is usually a bad
guess at best.
On a side note of my own, and because the
plane is going to be tilted (because the
rules of golf do not allow for a straight up putter shaft)
, I must add this. There is a horizontal component to this stroke because of
that tilt. That horizontal component alone requires that the putter
moves to the inside on both the backstroke and the through stroke
(follow through), and that
the putter rotates open and closed a bit in order for it to stay square to
the curved path that it theoretically scribes on the surface of that single
tilted plane. That's just some scientific facts
of life that happens, like it or not.
What Utley does NOT tell you, unless you
want to pony up $500 an hour or more, is how to do this. Trust me
when I say that it is not intuitively obvious. That's why it takes so long
to discover this by yourself. One must remove the rotation in one's
hands & forearms (for timing related
repeatability), while using other rotation
techniques from the "big" muscles in order to keep the putter exactly
perpendicular to it's curved path on the single plane as talked about. Those
small muscles in the hands and arms just aren't reliable under pressure.
While they work well on the instant repetitiveness and low pressure of the
practice green, they are just like a dream. They are completely gone when
you "wake up" to the golf course five minutes later and with 15+ minutes
between episodes. Finding out about and
perfecting these big muscles is an acquired skill.
But it is very learnable ! Unlike what I
have said before in other articles, there is little to no timing in this
stroke, and that is why it carries to the golf course
just like skilled players use in the "modern" era full swing.
That's what I am going to show you how to
do, when I get the drawings done.
This will put an end to not knowing why you pushed or pulled a putt. When
that happens you will know exactly why it happened, and how to fix it.
There is a trick to getting the ball exactly on line every time. Tiger
proves that just about all the time.
Why Thune Practices Putting so Much.
Read It And Weep.
It would be reasonable to assume that one could keep a
straight-in putt inside of an 8.4 inch range on
a 5 foot putt. The width of 5 golf balls is 8.4
inches (5 times 1.68). Since the hole is 4.25 inches wide, that is
almost twice the width of the assumed target
range. And that makes the hole 2.53 balls wide. Those putts would all
fall in. And then you must add just slightly under 1/2 of a ball on
each side, because those putts would fall in too. Surprisingly it
comes out that in 70.6 percent of the selected
reasonable target range, the ball should fall in by
That's 3.53 balls at 1.68 inches each, or 5.93 inches
total. Then 5.93 Inches divided by 8.4 inches
(reasonable target range) equals .706, or roughly just above
So in other words, if you cannot make
70 percent of all straight in
putts at all times from about 5 feet, you possess zero putting skill.
And also surprisingly is that not very many people can
actually do that !!! They do not want to admit this to themselves
however. On a good day you might make 8 or 9 (out of 10) of these
putts (and brag) and a on a bad day it would be 4 to 6 (out of 10) and
bitch. But the reality is, at a success rate of
7 out of 10 on average, you have absolutely no
special putting ability whatsoever. A beginner can and will do this.
In fact, in most cases, your brain is actually hurting you as you play more
That is why many people can make more putts of this
length with their eyes closed, or just "rake" them in with no conscious
thought as sports psychologist Bob Rotella advocates. At least you get
yourself back up
to the odds of chance alone. Touring pros (including
Vijay Singh now and Johnny Miller in his day) frequently putt(ed) with their
eyes closed on bad putting days just to improve their odds until they could
get off the golf course that day and onto the practice putting green.
In Miller's last official tour victory at Pebble Beach, he later admitted to
having putted the last six holes with his eyes closed, including the final
putt to win. A friend of mine won the Madison County Championship in
Indiana on a day he putted with his eyes closed on all short putts because
of a "bad putting day".
Why is this ? Because you cannot turn
yourself into a repetition machine in putting.
Many, to most, people try to do this. When you do this, you will putt
worst than chance alone. The angles, planes, and
resultant required timing in putting are more precise than the body can
replicate. Bob Rotella knows this. And so does every
single putter that beats that 7 out of 10 average requirement for the
beginning level of actual possessing some putting skill.
And that is where touch comes in. Touch takes you
to where the natural laws of physics dominate the stroke. The natural
laws of physics replicate 100 percent of the time. You then have to
mess them up to miss a putt. Tiger Woods makes 99.5 percent of these
short putts in actual competition. So does Ben Crenshaw and Stan
Utley. If you actually take the time to read up on how they do this,
it is not by rote replication. It's a well though out process of how
to effectively use the natural laws of physics. You might also be
surprised to learn that these people do not follow the "old excepted rules
of putting". That's what sets them apart from everybody else that
So when you hear golf announcers/teachers talking about
"the release", freeing up the stroke, and not "hanging on", this is what
that is all about.
This takes a lot of practice to get the hang of.
How To Make Those Tough Short Putts !
Finally - Something That Works !
In recent times I have finally and very dramatically improved my short
putting ( putts under about 7 feet). This came after years of trying things
that really didn't work. Hundreds of "sure fixes" just wouldn't carry onto
the golf course the next day. Since I've seen so many others with a similar
affliction, I decided to write this story. Taken seriously, I am quite
certain this will really help, big time, just as it did for me.
This is the simple version of what to do to make those short putts from 7
feet and in on a consistent basis. Here it is.
1. Do not "peek" as you stroke the ball and follow-through.
2. Do not move your eyes or head to watch the follow-through or the
ball roll at the
3. Do not move your eyeballs at any time in the stroke, including the
4. Do not attempt to watch the backstroke
! It will take care of itself over time.
5. Pick out a tiny spot on the ground in front of or behind the ball
and just stare at it.
The smaller the better. I pick one between the
ball and putter at address.
6. Keep that tiny spot clearly focused in your vision
until the ball has traveled at least
three feet. You must not lose the
continuous, focused, and clear sight of that spot
even though the ball is long gone. Just
absolutely "marry" to it visually. The more
the better. It will become your "rock of Gibraltar" of
steadiness. You'll see.
7. Listen for the ball to drop in the hole on short putts. Don't watch
8. Know that the feeling of being completely lost at first is normal,
and will eventually
pass. It almost feels like you are putting blind
by staring at that tiny spot only during
the whole stroke and even until the ball falls in the
hole in some cases . But
relax, help is on the way later.
9. See the follow-through with your inner peripheral vision only. Do
not roll your
eyeballs one iota to see or watch that follow-through.
10. Bolster up that view of the "spot" sourced "rock of Gibraltar" by
knees and hips very still and free of any
rotation (in and out) during the stroke.
Later, do the same with your chest.
11. Before the stroke. guess where the ball is going by what you see in your
peripheral vision only, and keep your eyes
glued to that tiny chosen spot at all
times during the actual stoke and beyond.
12. Like in No. 11 above, vision the correct line to the hole for the
your inner peripheral vision only, before you
putt. Keep those eyes on the chosen
tiny spot thought. And then try to
use that envisioned line for the path of your
follow-through when you actually do putt.
13. Do not worry about any mechanics, or anything period, during the stroke
watching that tiny spot until the stroke's
completion, and try to make the putter go
down the chosen line while viewable only in your
inner peripheral vision. There can
be no eyeball shift during this whole thing, off
of that spot!!!!! Like Ray Floyd say's,
"I am hopefully thinking of nothing when I make
mental note if you actually succeeded in making the follow-through go down
the intended line before you look up and away
from that tiny spot that you chose.
Then before long you'll know almost immediately,
and before you look up, if you
holed the putt, or not, just from your inner
peripheral vision alone of the viewing of
the actual follow-through path. There will then
be no need to chase the ball with
your eyes or eyeballs anymore.
And your brain needs that feedback, good or bad,
for the future !!!!! It's not whether or
not you made the putt, it's whether or not you
got the putter on the correct follow-through path
14. Watch Tiger Woods on TV and copy his lack of eye movement. He
ever ever ever peaks !!!!! That's why
he made 99 out of 100 from 3 feet and in, in
competition, the last two years.
What happens is the line chosen in your peripheral vision becomes the
single, unmoving, and repeatable
viewpoint of the exact correct line to the hole. Since
absolutely nothing ever moves in your vision field, that line is the true
undistorted line to the hole, and your brain further gets instant feedback
whether or not you put the putter on that "actual true line" during the
stroke. Then by also going brain dead before you putt, psycho-cybernetics
(mind controls body) kicks in with practice and
feedback, and the stroke becomes automatic just as Bob Rotella,
renowned sports psychologist and golf expert, professes.
When you "peek" in any way, the viewpoint
changes. Also all the viewing angles change. And, the new line
to the hole is from the new eye position and field of view, not the original
position. It is totally incorrect to your original set-up position and
eyeball look direction. It then also sends a false signal back to your brain
that you are "on line". Yes, you are on line to the new field of view, but
not the original one where the ball was
actually sitting before
you shifted your eyesight away !!!! Since all this happens so
fast, you usually miss the putt unless you get lucky and make a bad stroke.
If you are a reasonably good putter, the one thing you won't hit is the
hole, because you unknowingly shifted to a new direction !!!!
Yes I used to feel I could just "will" the ball into the hole when I was
much younger. I really did not know why, but then I always did just "listen'
for the ball to drop. I never peeked, and was quite proud of that,
especially on crucial "money" putts. Sometimes it was actually scary how
well I could just "will" them in from everywhere at times. Now I know why
In the last few years my "peeking", unbeknownst to me, was completely out of
control. What I then saw was a highly distorted line to the hole due to
changing viewpoint and dynamic angle changes as I putted. And I never got
any feedback because I could only watch the ball, not the putters
follow-through path. Further, the brain just couldn't keep up with all the
action. In fact, I now understand why the hole was the one place the ball
wouldn't go. I was hitting on a totally untrue line even though it looked
correct to me while the feedback to the brain was all phony.
I can now, "will" the ball into the hole once again. You can too ! That's
what psycho-cybernetics is all about. And we use it in almost everything we
do. But in putting it only works if you use your eyes correctly as described
above. Both Gary Player and Lee Trevino have advocated this for years but
have never fully explained it. Some of you may remember when jack
Nicklaus was on a two year putting slump at about age 48 and Trevino (then a
telecast announcer) had the camera shoot close-ups of Nicklaus's rolling
eyeballs as he went through the ball on putts. Trevino also then gave
his blunt "Trevino style" commentary on why Nicklaus missed so many putts,
especially to the right. In a later Golf Digest article it was
revealed Nicklaus did not like that revelation and airing his "dirty
laundry" on this matter by Trevino on national television. But that's
when he also came out of the putting slump he was in. So have I,
and over the same matter !