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The Importance of Stroke

The Importance of Stroke

If you’ve been around the game long enough, you’ve probably stumbled upon this nugget of golf wisdom passed down from generation to generation:

 

“Don’t try to hit the ball, swing the club.”

 

Absolutely. 100%. True.

 

“Hitting” at the ball with your full swing leads to nothing but trouble. It may seem like those guys on TOUR, club professionals, and scratch-handicappers are putting every ounce of power behind it, but realize that those top players rely on stellar technique and impeccable timing (in most cases).

 

 

While many think about the “hitting vs. swinging” principal with the full swing only, it definitely also applies to your putting stroke. Owning a fluid, silky-smooth backstroke and a precisely measured, yet firm follow-through will consistently serve you well, no matter the speed on any speed green. Mix it with solid tempo and you’ll find yourself turning those bogeys into pars much more often.

 

The problems with over-hitting

But here’s the problem; a smooth, measured putt from long distances seems counterintuitive because it feels slow. You’re afraid to leave it embarrassingly short, so you make the mistake we all do and try to kill it.

 

Take it from us, that is not the solution. Hitting it harder entails a “jabby” stroke, which then leads to an array of issues. Most notably, it’s virtually impossible to get the ball on your true intended line without having to make compensations in your setup.

 

Other problems deal with vast inconsistency in speed control. The more you think about it, the clearer it becomes that utilizing the hitting-motion will take you down the rabbit hole that would bring any of us to our knees (and often times does).

How to fix it

Going to a PGA Professional and having him/her take a look is certainly an ideal solution, but having The Perfect Putter in your arsenal is equally important in becoming the best player you can possibly become.

 

Utilizing The Perfect Putter during your practice sessions doesn’t only help you become a superior green reader, but can also help identify flaws in your putting stroke.

 

To test, use the gates and the H Alignment Aid. By having the perfect line and the perfect set up, you’ll free yourself to make the most fluid putting stroke possible.

 

Remember, it’s only a practice session. So, don’t be afraid/embarrassed to really exaggerate making a longer, more fluid motion. After a few putts, you’ll quickly start to understand that particular feel.


As you become more and more comfortable, remove The Perfect Putter aids and recreate the stroke. Before long, you’ll be saying goodbye to that jabby stroke and reaping the benefits of a TOUR-caliber backswing and follow-through.

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