Decelerating Stroke Causes Many Putting ills 1

Pulling putts is a common malady, even among tour pros, especially on attempts from inside five feet. A decelerating putter is the cause of most pulls.

That is, the putter head slows down during the forward stroke, the face closes too early and the ball wobbles weakly to the left (for a right-handed golfer). The “decel” happens most often on short putts over fast greens, when fear of smacking the ball too far causes the stroke to break down.

Here’s an incontrovertible truth: A putt that doesn’t reach the hole will not go in. In fact, studies show that golfers should putt the ball with enough pace to send it 17 inches past the cup.

In other words, deceleration must be cured to ensure putting success.

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One helpful mental hint is to simply aim for a spot beyond the hole, on the same line, and stroke the putt to hit the spot. A backstroke that’s shorter than the forward stroke is also recommended to promote acceleration through the ball.

It helps to be brave. Try to knock short putts into the back of the cup, rather than dying them over the lip; just be sure to play less break when you stroke it firmly.

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