Golf tip of the week: Improve putting by rocking shoulders

Visualize the putter moving on an arc not moving parallel to the ground.

Golfers who putt well, move their shoulders on a more vertical plane. The shoulders swivel as if there is a pivot point in the center of the chest.The triangle that is formed by the shoulders, arms and hands move as one unit. The shoulders rock down and up, forming the arc of the hands and putter path. The elbows remain the same distance apart throughout the putting stroke.

The putter contacts the ball near the equator on a slightly upward blow, causing the ball to roll smooth while gripping the green like a new tire grips the road.

The winter season is a great time to perfect your putting stroke. The shoulders are the mechanism to move the hands and putter. Trust the shoulders to control the motion and distance.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, teaches all year in his golf simulator, at his golf studio and custom club shop in Williamsport.