One method of putting

Nov. 03, 1958
Nov. 03, 1958

Table of Contents
Nov. 3, 1958

Professional Basketball
Mr. Deadly
Triumph Of Class
  • In another of his series on Asia's lively games, traveling artist John Groth records exotic sports of Thailand, the subcontinent of India and Afghanistan

On Field And Campus
Horse Show
Pro Football
  • By Kenneth Rudeen

    Thriving foreign automakers are busting buttons at London's big show this week—and eying the U.S. as eagerly as ever. Sports Illustrated here presents its own showing of new foreign cars

Tip From The Top
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

One method of putting

I used to be an in-and-outer on the greens, but I've been putting very well, I'd say, since adopting George Low's method. George is one of the greatest putters any of us have encountered, and since his method is simplicity itself, I'd like to pass it along to you.

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The fact that underlies George's method is the necessity of keeping the face of the putter square to the hole (or to the point on a rolling green you are aiming at) throughout the stroke. The position of the left hand on the shaft is the key to achieving this. At address, with the club face square, the back of the left hand must set up so that it is absolutely square to the hole. When you take the club back, as the left wrist breaks, the back of the left hand remains square. On the forward stroke, you simply let the weight of the clubhead strike the ball, with the back of the left hand remaining square to the hole right through to the finish of the stroke. When the back of the left hand is square to the hole, the putter face is also square, because they are always at the same angle.

Let me point out again, since it is very important, that on the forward stroke you don't urge the blade on with a deliberate action of the hands. You just let the weight of the clubhead create its own speed. The ball will be struck true and will roll with perfect rotation. All in all, it's a method that enables you to keep your body motionless when you putt and, moreover, it develops touch.

AL BESSELINK, Grossinger, N.Y.

PHOTOTWO ILLUSTRATIONSThe back of the left hand remains square to the line at address, on the downswing and on the follow-through

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