How to Putt Better with a Pendulum Swing!

by Max on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Putting at its simplest form is a pendulum. You probably know what a pendulum is, that thing on top of your piano that goes back at forth at perfect tempo.

But how do you putt like that? The human body isn’t made like a pendulum, there are actually moving parts such as your head, shoulders, arms, and hands.

Well, today I’ve found a great way to help everyone who reads this humble little golf blog to putt better.

If you’ve putted with a belly-putter or a long putter, you probably notice that it’s fairly like a pendulum, your putter swinging from a center point, your belly or your chest.

But how do you re-create that pendulum swing without a belly-putter or long putter on a regular 36-inch putter?

I know some pros use their “imaginary” point on their chest as the center point. But believe me, there’s lots of things that can go wrong plus that’s not gonna work for the weekend warrior.

Instead use your left elbow (for right-handed golfers) as the center point. I did this today on the putting green today and started sinking like every putt!

Your left elbow is a great center point for your putting stroke as it eliminates the rest of your body. I don’t care how you putt but next time you putt, try using your left elbow as the point that your putting revolves around.

One more tip, a putting stroke should naturally open and close on its own plane. Yes, a putting stroke has a “plane” just like a full swing, the more consistent you can keep this, the truer you can roll the golf ball.

Now try this natural open and closing action while keeping your left elbow as the pivot point, then you’ve got some great consistency.

Well, that’s my secrets, thanks for listening.


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