Science and technology have impacted both full swing and putting stroke methodologies used in the game today. And with the progression of faster greens over the years, a simpler, shoulder-lever stroke has become the norm of most PGA Tour professionals. The T-Bar is simple in design, yet the most effective tool created to train the shoulder-lever stroke. With my guidance, you will learn a more effective putting motion.
To maximize the use of the shoulder lever, it is best that you establish an advantageous position allowing the shoulders to move in more vertical direction (up/down).
Figure 1 - Face On Figure 2 - Down the Line
The more vertical the shoulders move, the straighter the putter path. The straighter the putter path, the longer the putter face will stay square to the putt line before and after impact. Thus, a greater margin of error. As you can see Figure 2 above, a flatter upper spine angle creates a more vertical shoulder plane. It might not be surprising that, on average, PGA Tour players position their upper spine 15-20% flatter than most amateurs.
I recommend that you set your upper spine angle in a position that allows your shoulders to move in a more vertical direction. But, comfort is key. There are some simple changes you can make to achieve this.
T-Bar Attachment Directions:
How to Best Train the Stroke:
To best train motion, I prefer that my students initially do not putt to a hole. Instead, set an alignment rod down on a flat surface and putt for accuracy. Or better yet, use the Balance Rod and develop your skill of touch while training the motion. The beauty is that you can develop your motion on carpet, in the comfort of your home.
What is the objective of the Balance Rod? The Balance Rod will connect the balance and length of stroke to distance and touch. It is simple and easy to learn. Constant tempo, reasonable stroke balance, and stroke length will be your keys to great touch.
How it works.
After you feel you are beginning to master this drill, advance to the Ladder Drill. Mark your distance lines of 10’, 20’, 30’ and 40’. Using the same methodology, roll the first ball 10’, the next 20’, 30’ and then 40’. Then work backwards, rolling 40’, 30’, 20’ and 10’. These two simple drills will reinforce your stroke mechanics, build accuracy, and build your “touch” skills.
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