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especially for golfers who have always been inconsistent putters

Aug. 15, 1955
Aug. 15, 1955

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Aug. 15, 1955

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especially for golfers who have always been inconsistent putters

Good putting, no different from the other shots in golf, is the result of the player's having a technically correct stroke and the confidence in that stroke to execute it without "second-guessing" it. Many golfers putt with a nice even stroke on the practice green; but when they get out on the course and are fighting for a score, they become so anxious about missing a holeable putt that they try to get the ball into the cup by some "quicker" means. More often than not they miss a good percentage of these jabbed and pushed putts, because consistently accurate putting, like the longer shots in golf, is a matter of timing. The hands and the club head must work in harmonious coordination.

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You must learn to wait for the club head before stroking through the ball. Most erratic putters don't. Many of them—as pictured at the left—rush the stroke in such a way that their hands are well in front of the club head at the contact. Another breed—pictured in the center-hurry the club head in such a way that their hands are lagging well behind the contact. Their stroke is sort of an upward flip.

Try to develop the confidence to play the slow rhythmic stroke you admire in a good putter. Wait for the club head. The hole will not move.

from GENE LITTLER, Palm Springs, California

TWO PHOTOSTHREE ILLUSTRATIONS(left) hands too far in front (center) hands too far behind (right) correct

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