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Putting Made Simple | The Address & Posture Position.

Now you have identified your ‘Putting Line’ and deciding on the type of 'Putt' you would like to play turn your attention to creating your ‘Address & Posture Position’, which should cover your:

  1. Club Alignment.
  2. The Grip Position.
  3. The Stance Position.
  4. Ball Position.
  5. The Posture.

Your 'Address & Posture Position' creates a foundation of Angles and Lines for your 'Putting Stroke' to perform from so by taking great care when creating this static and controllable position ensure your foundation!!

Within this 'Lesson' I would like to recommend using a structured and disciplined routine that will help you to create a square and balanced ‘Position’ that is based around the five listed main Address & Posture Positions.

OK let's get started with:

1. 'Club Alignment'.

Start your Club Alignment by placing the sole of your 'Putter Head' onto your ‘Target Line’ by holding the Grip Handle in your Right Hand and positioning the ‘Putter Face’ so it is sitting at ninety degrees to your ‘Target Line’ with the sole of your Clubhead laying flat to the ground.

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Your 'Putter Head' will now in a square position to your ‘Target Line’.

2. Creating a ‘Grip Position’.

There are numerous 'Putting Grip Positions' that can be used to hold and control the Putter'. I am going to work through the most common position, which is known as the 'Reverse Over-Lap Grip'. When I have completed this 'Grip Position' I will then talk in brief about other 'Grip Positions' that can be used but please remember that any comfortable and balanced position can and should be used!

Let’s now start creating the 'Reverse Over-Lap Grip';

 

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      Laying your Left Hand across the Grip Handle.

  • Positioning your 'Left Hand'.

  • To start creating your ‘Grip Position’ opening up your Left Hand and spread your fingers. Then lay the ‘Grip Handle’ across your fingers so it is running diagonally across your fingers running from the first joint of your 'Little Finger' to the last joint of your 'Forefinger'.

     

     

     

     

     

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           Closing the Left Hand round the 'Grip Handle'.

    And place the 'Butt End' (Top) of the 'Grip Handle' so your little finger is positioned approximately one inch (2.5cm) from the end of your Grip. Close your hand up and allow your thumb to lie slightly down the right side of your ‘Grip Handle’, but in a parallel position to the ‘Shaft’. Most golf club manufacturer’s put names, patterns or markings onto their Grips and these markings can be used to ascertain a centre line of your 'Grip Handle' providing it has been fitted squarely to your club.

     

     

     

     

    With your 'Left Hand Position' ’Feel’ your fingers cradling the ‘Grip Handle’ and position your Forefinger so it is pointing down the Grip. The back of your Left Hand is now positioned facing your 'Target' and aiming in the same direction as the leading edge of your 'Putter Head', which is aiming along your 'Target Line'. Try to create the ‘Feeling’ of your 'Putter' being an extension of your Left Arm, this will make more sense when I start talking about the Hand & Arm Swing in a 'Putting Stroke'.

     

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            Laying the Right Hand under the Left Hand.

  • Positioning your 'Right Hand'.

  • Place your Right Hand below your Left Hand and open your hand so your fingers are in a spread position. Then position the 'Grip Handle' diagonally across your fingers and place you’re Forefinger and two middle fingers under the Forefinger of your Left Hand then close your Right Hand.

     

     

     

     

     

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            Closing the Right Hand round the 'Grip Handle'.

    When closing your 'Right Hand' it is important to cover your Left Thumb with the inside of your Right Thumb and encourage the 'Feeling' of the 'Grip Handle' being cradled in the fingers of both hands. The back of your Right Hand is now in an opposite position to the back of your Left Hand with both hands positioned at ninety degrees to your 'Putter Face' and your 'Target Line'!

     

     

     

     

     

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    Over-lap the little finger of your Left Hand over the middle fingers of your Right Hand so it lies between your ring finger and middle finger. This reverse angle shows the Left Forefinger over-lapping the fingers of the Right Hand and it also shows the little finger of the Right Hand over-lapping the fingers of your Left Hand.

     

     

     

     

     

    When you have completed this position you will have finished creating a 'Reverse Over-Lap Grip Position'. Your grip pressure should be firm enough to control the Putter Head but light enough to 'Feel' the weight of your putter when making a 'Putting Stroke'. It is important to mention that there is not a right or wrong 'Grip Position' to use although I would always recommend using a position that suits your hand size and is comfortable and balanced!

     

    A few examples of different 'Grip Positions'.

     

  • 'The Claw Grip Position'.

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  • 'The Cross Handed Grip Position'.

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  • 'Jamming the Grip Handle against the Forearm.'

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    3. Creating a 'Stance Position'.

    Your 'Stance Position' is a crucial part of your 'Address & Posture Position' as it should create a stable and balanced base for your 'Putting Stroke to perform from. It's also important to mention that there are many different widths and styles of Stance Position that can be used but using a position that is comfortable to you and suits your build and Putting Stroke is essential!

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    To start your Stance Position spread your feet to the width of your Shoulders then gently flex your knees and create the feeling of pressing your knees down into the balls of your feet, this will help to position your eyes over the golf ball and encourage your Hands to remain in front of the Putter Head when making your Putting Stroke. Also encourage 70% of your Body Weight to favour your Left Leg at Address and position your weight over the ball of your Left Foot. Using the correct 'Width of Stance' will encourage your 'Posture' and 'Body Weight' to remain balanced and still through out your Putting Stroke that will encourage your 'Hand & Arm Swing' to flow freely and smoothly past your Body as your Putter Head strikes through the ball.

    Examples of different 'Stance Positions'.

     

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  • An example of a Closed Stance Position.

  • A Closed Stance Position is a position that has your feet aiming right of your Target Line at Address. The Right Foot is pulled back of the Left Foot with the line across your toes aiming right of the Target Line which your Putter Head is sitting squarely on. A Closed Stance will also encourage the line across your Knees to close and aim right of your Target Line, this type of Stance Positioning can encourage your Hand & Arm Swing to travel incorrectly on an Inside to Outside Swing Path.

     

     

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  • An example of an Open Stance Position.

  • An Open Stance Position is a position that is aiming left of your Target Line at Address. The Right Foot is pushed forward of the Left Foot with the line across your toes aiming left of the Target Line which the Putter Head is sitting squarely on. An Open Stance will also encourage the line across your Knees to open and aim left of your Target Line, this type of Stance Positioning can encourage the Hand & Arm Swing to travel incorrectly on an Outside to Inside Swing Path.

     

     

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  • An example of a Square Stance Position.

  • A Square Stance Position is a position that is aiming squarely along your Target Line at Address. Both Feet are in line with each other and are in a parallel and square position to your Target Line which the Putter Head is sitting squarely on. A Square Stance Position will also encourage the line across your Knees to be in a square and parallel position to your Target Line, this type of Stance Positioning will encourage the Hand & Arm Swing to travel correctly on a Square Swing Path up and down your Target Line..

     

     

    4. The 'Ball Position'.

    Positioning your ball correctly into your Stance is a very important part of your Address Positioning as using the correct ball position as it will help to improve the quality of strike between Putter Face and Ball. It will also encourage 'Topspin' to be imparted onto the ball that will encourage your ball to roll along its axis as it rolls across the green.

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    *Place your ball in a slightly forward position in your Stance Position, which is slightly to the left of the centre line in the width of your Stance. This type of Ball Position will encourage the 'Putter Head' to strike the ball as it starts to move on an Upward Swing Path at Impact causing the 'Putter Face' to strike the ball just above the balls equator. If we now combination the straighter loft angle of your Putter Head with this type of ball strike then 'Topspin' will be imparted on to the ball that will encourage the ball to roll along its axis. Getting the ball to roll in this way will give greater control over the balls pace and line when rolling across the green that will encourage your ball to stay on your Putting Line.

     

     

    5. The 'Posture Position'.

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    Your 'Posture Position' is a key part of your Address Position as it creates a foundation of 'Angles & Lines' for your 'Putting Stroke' to perform from. The Posture Position should also create a stable and balanced base for your Hand & Arm Swing to move freely when making a Putting Stroke.

     

     

     

     

     

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    To create a balanced and stable Posture Position gently flex your knees and slightly press them forward over your toes and pressed slightly in towards each other to create a little pressure between your knees, this position will encourage your body to remain still throughout your stroke. Then hinge your upper body from your hips and position your eyes over the golf ball. To do this effectively try to imagine a line running from your eyes down to the ball.

     

     

     

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    Allow your Hands and Arms to hang freely at Address as this will help create a free flowing relaxed motion when you make your Stroke. Ensure this type of positioning feels comfortable and suits your build and 'Putting Stroke'.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    'A Recommended Practice Drill'.

    I would like to recommend a simple 'Practice Drill' to help ensure your eyes are positioned over the ball at Address. Simply try to drop a second ball from the bridge of your nose, when you are in your Address Position, on to the ball that is in your 'Stance Position'.

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    If the second ball lands directly on top of the ball in your Stance Position then your eyes are correctly positioned over the ball. If this ball misses then note its landing point and alter your 'Posture Position' or your Weight distribution across your feet to alter where your eye line is in relation to the ball on the ground. Having your eye line correctly positioned over the ball will encourage your Hand & Arm Swing to travel up and down your Putting Line!

    Your Posture Position is a vital part of your Address Position although your position may vary when using different styles of Putter or Stance Position but "REMEMBER" a balanced 'Posture Position' will give you a stable and balanced foundation for your Putting Stroke to perform from!

     

     

    "Now you have completed your 'Address & Posture Position' you are ready to focus on make your Putting Stroke!"

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