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Particularly useful for erratic putters

May 07, 1956
May 07, 1956

Table of Contents
May 7, 1956

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
City On The Water
Kentucky Derby Preview
Mille Miglia
Baseball
Drake Relays
Asian Sports And Games 2
  • SI's globe-trotting artist captures in paintings some of the highlights of an old Asian sport—the pitting of animal against animal in contest and combat

The Outdoor Week
Sporting Look
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Acknowledgments

Particularly useful for erratic putters

Like all professional golfers, I have tried to work out a set of fundamental procedures for keeping my putting strokes as consistent and as reliable as I can make them. Staying with these fundamentals has helped me a good deal, particularly in holing the short ones—those crucial four-footers that make or break a golf round more than any other shot in the game.

This is an article from the May 7, 1956 issue Original Layout

As regards the grip, I've discovered that I have a much better touch if my right hand rides high on the shaft. Besides eliminating the tendency to pull the putt, it helps me to get a uniform, unvarying speed on the ball. As far as address goes, I find it valuable to use a slight forward press of the hands before taking the blade back. Too much of a forward press can be bad because a golfer then tends to jab the ball down into the grass. A slight forward press makes it easier for the left hand to go through the ball after contact, to move a little more out toward the hole. This, I find, enables you to get the slow speed on the ball that's so desirable. As for my right hand, I like to feel that the right palm is moving straight along the line of the putt to the hole.

MIKE SOUCHAK, Grossinger, N.Y.

ILLUSTRATIONThe slight forward press at addressILLUSTRATIONThe left hand continues through the ballTWO PHOTOS

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