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Playing for Money: The Putting Stroke of Brad Faxon

About 4 years ago I had the pleasure of spending the day working with Brad Faxon on his golf swing at the Old Oaks Golf Club in Long Island, NY. Before we spent time on the range we went out to play the course which was to be the site of Brad’s attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open that year. Armed with my trusty camera and tripod I filmed Brad hitting different shots, and although we were not going to work on his putting (for obvious reasons) I had enough presence of mind to film his putting stroke front and back just to log it in for future reference. Brad has been regarded as one of the best putters […]

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Jimmy Walker Misreading a Putt but Making it Anyway

I thought this was a great example of how sometimes a player can do just about everything wrong and still get away with it. Jimmy Walker grossly under-reads this 5 foot, left to right breaking putt, lines the line up on the ball to his read, then proceeds to take his putter outside and loop it out even more so that it pulls the ball at least a cup left of the hole, after which the ball sneaks in the far right side of the cup. My take on this is that Walker instinctively and subconsciously knew that the putt was going to break way more than he read, and by the time he pulled the trigger he just maneuvered […]

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Michelle Wie’s New Putting Stance

This is one of the most innovative, or desperate, technique changes you will ever see. Wie is actually bent over as close to 90 degrees as you can get over a putt. It is as bizarre a thing as I’ve come across in my 46 years in golf, but hey, whatever works, I guess. It does not appear that she will be able to practice for any length of time like this, however. It does help if you are over 6 feet tall and your legs are about 70% of that. Anyway, she makes the putt and executes a substantial vertical leap. I think she still has eligibility left to play college hoops.   Join the forum discussion on this […]

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Steve Stricker: Soling the Putter Lightly

This is a short video in which Steve Stricker, one of the best putters of his generation, demonstrates how lightly he soles the putter on the ground before he starts his backstroke. You can easily see Stricker lifting and bouncing the putter as he sets up, trying to get the weight of the putter in his hands and not pressing down into the grass. He still maintains contact with the ground, but only minimally, which allows him to stabilize the putter (hovering the putter off the ground is difficult to do without it wobbling around) and to start his stroke back smoothly with all upper body movement. I see so many students who either try to grip the putter extra […]

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Putting Observations: Woods and Stricker

There are a number of important elements in the art of putting but none are more important than rhythm. In this video I put Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker side-by-side as they each hit about a 10 foot putt.

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Tiger Woods: The Best Putter in the World

Here is a look at the set up, routine, stroke, rhythm and tempo of the man who can roll it better than anyone else on the planet.

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Pivot Compression Golf Swing: 36. Putting Practice

In this putting video I tell you and show you what I know about putting practice, the substance of which comes from all my playing experience as well as my teaching experience.

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Pivot Compression Golf Swing: 35. Putting Basics

There is one thing I can tell you that is for sure when it comes to putting: you better find a way to get the ball into the hole, because if you don’t you’re never going to shoot great scores, and you’re never going to be completely happy with a round of golf.
In this putting video I tell you and show you what I know about putting basics, the substance of which comes from all my playing experience as well as my teaching experience.

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Steve Stricker Putting Analysis

Stricker likes to describe the feel of his stroke as “straight back and through”, but the video shows something different

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