Try Arnie’s Locked-Knees Method For Stable Putting (Video)
Try Arnie’s Locked-Knees Method For Stable Putting (Video)

Now one of the biggest killers to a good putting stroke is too much lateral movement particularly from the waist down, we really want to work the shoulders nicely but we don’t want to anything down here in the knees and the hips. Now Arnold Palmer had a little ingenious way of getting out of his habit of swaying his hips a little bit too much putting, he turned his toes in a little bit, he pointed his knees in a little bit and quite a knocked knee little stance there, but that gave him a position where we felt quite stable and solid with his bottom half, his body weight stayed on the inside of his feet, he was able to use his upper half to make a nice rocking stroke there but he kept his bottom half very, very still.

Something I work on with the junior players that I coach is I often tell them to put that concrete wellington boots on so they put that big concrete wellington boots when they practice their putting and these imaginary boots keep their legs really still and they don’t have any swaying action through the bottom half of the legs. So Arnold Palmer had his concrete wellingtons and he had his feet pointed in and his knees pointed inwards and it just allowed him to make a good upper body stroke without his bottom half wobbling around too much, that will particularly help you if you got an inconsistent stroke and you are not striking the ball with the right pace. Take the bottom half out of it use your upper half and hopefully that will help you be more consistent as well.

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Now one of the biggest killers to a good putting stroke is too much lateral movement particularly from the waist down, we really want to work the shoulders nicely but we don’t want to anything down here in the knees and the hips. Now Arnold Palmer had a little ingenious way of getting out of his habit of swaying his hips a little bit too much putting, he turned his toes in a little bit, he pointed his knees in a little bit and quite a knocked knee little stance there, but that gave him a position where we felt quite stable and solid with his bottom half, his body weight stayed on the inside of his feet, he was able to use his upper half to make a nice rocking stroke there but he kept his bottom half very, very still.

Something I work on with the junior players that I coach is I often tell them to put that concrete wellington boots on so they put that big concrete wellington boots when they practice their putting and these imaginary boots keep their legs really still and they don’t have any swaying action through the bottom half of the legs. So Arnold Palmer had his concrete wellingtons and he had his feet pointed in and his knees pointed inwards and it just allowed him to make a good upper body stroke without his bottom half wobbling around too much, that will particularly help you if you got an inconsistent stroke and you are not striking the ball with the right pace. Take the bottom half out of it use your upper half and hopefully that will help you be more consistent as well.