Elevate Your Putting Game from Top Golf to Global Golf Standards: When Technology & Technique Converge
Hello to all you golf aficionados out there,
First things first, a quick show of hands: how many of you love collecting putters like they're limited-edition baseball cards? Alright, now keep those hands up if you're also spending time fine-tuning your putting skills. Not many hands left, huh? Having a fancy collection of golf clubs is cool and all, but how about we focus on actually putting those bad boys to use?
Diving Into The Classics and Global Golf Insights
Let's talk literature. Not the Shakespearean type but rather the kind that'll improve your golf swing and putting prowess. I recently dusted off some timeless classics like "The Putting Prescription," a book so jam-packed with knowledge it should have a coaching license. And Amazon, my ever-faithful shopping buddy, helped me discover "GOLF: Best Putting Instruction." Hats off to David Edel and his incredibly detailed chapter on how to pick your dream putter—it’s almost like a field guide for aspiring golfers.
Don't think I forgot about the OGs. Dave Pelz's "Putting Bible" and "Instinct Putting," focusing on the hole rather than the ball, offer their own invaluable insights. For the more visual learners among us, cue up Phil Mickelson's "Secrets of the Short Game" or Dave Stockton’s “Putt to Win” DVD. Word on the street is Stockton's got something new coming—keep an eye peeled for that!
The New Wave of Practice Aids: From Top Golf Picks to Cutting-Edge Tech
So what's the latest addition to my practice arsenal? Enter Big Moss' 15'x2' indoor putting green. It rolls as smoothly as Frank Sinatra croons and has turned my hallway into a miniature golf course. But the real game-changer here is the Consistent Putter, which is a putter and a coach rolled into one. The kind of coaching methods you'd typically find reserved for PGA Pros? Yeah, this tech marvel has them!
Technique Makeovers: It's In the Wrist and... the Bug?
Moving from tools to technique. If you’ve read Bobby Clampett’s “The Impact Zone,” you’ll know how crucial a flat left wrist is for nailing that perfect golf swing. Believe me, getting rid of that wristy action was like removing the governor from a sports car—complete game-changer.
David Orr’s technique, known as "squish the bug," is another trick up my sleeve. A couple of light taps on the putter before taking a stroke smooths out your takeaway like a hot knife through butter. And if you're a sucker for deep dives, I can't recommend Geoff Mangum’s e-book "Optimal Putting" enough. It's worth its weight in birdies.
Final Takeaway: Melding Tech and Technique for the Perfect Putt
So, if you're aiming to climb from the top golf ranks to global golf heights, let's set down the golf club catalogs for a moment and pick up some putting lessons, books, or even a revolutionary smartphone app. Whether you're about the classics or the cutting-edge tech like the Consistent Putter, there's no shortage of ways to transition from a putter collector to a putting maestro.
Till our fairways cross again, keep practicing, and may your putts always find their mark!
- Geoff Mangum's Putting Articles
- David Orr's "Squish the Bug" Technique
- The Impact Zone by Bobby Clampett
- Consistent Putter
Disclaimer: This blog contains my personal opinions and experiences. While I'm no certified golf instructor, I have an insatiable passion for the sport and a keen interest in constantly improving my game. Your mileage may vary.
Feel free to share your own putting tips and tricks in the comments below!