Golf tip of the week: Simplify your putting stroke

Rock the shoulders allowing the hands and putter to move on an arc parallel to the shoulder arc.

Rock the shoulders allowing the hands and putter to move on an arc parallel to the shoulder arc.

For some reason, golfers make the putting stroke too complicated. Winter is a great time to simplify and perfect your putting stroke.

Rock the shoulders on a vertical arc, allowing the hands and putter to move on the same arc created by the shoulders. The longer the putt the larger the arc.

The putter should move through the ball twice as far as the backswing, causing the putter to accelerate through the hitting area.

Imagine there is a pivot point in the center of your chest and the shoulders move vertically around the center. To get used to how far to rock the shoulders for a certain distance. Place a ruler adjacent to the intended target line and stroke a few putts. For example; take the putter back four inches and follow through to eight inches and so on.

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

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator, at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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