Mike Bender, Director of Instruction at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, talks about why people have trouble hitting putts solidly and offers a way to help make better contact with the ball.
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During the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club, in Ft. Worth, Texas, Rickie Fowler, 2008 recipient of the Ben Hogan award and 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, fired a scorching 29 on the front nine! He had his putter hot!
It was one of the most exciting Players Championship tournaments I can remember, and surprisingly, two of golf's biggest names weren't in the mix at the end. I love watching Phil and Tiger contend, and I know most fans do, but this bodes well for the sport of golf that K.J.
Another dramatic week, punctuated with a playoff finish, on the PGA Tour. This time, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson went toe-to-toe for extra holes to determine the winner of the Zurich Classic outside of New Orleans.
So it looks like we may have a prohibitive favorite going into Augusta! Nevermind that Phil Mickelson already has three green jackets, his play this past week in Houston says he is primed to go for his fourth.
I am sure the the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship must have made for great t.v. viewing. But I can tell you, as someone that was there at Doral Resort all week, the excitement there at the course was incredible. Congratulations to Nick Watney for his big win.
What a fantastic start to the Florida swing on the PGA tour. The Honda Classic at the famous PGA National-Champion course once again gave us a great tournament with a lot of drama.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to make more putts is to ensure your set-up is fundamentally solid. Too many players rely solely on feel to help them putt better. If there is too much compensation in your putting stroke and aim, it will be difficult to be a consistently good putter.
Important factors in putting can be categorized into three separate, equally important parts. * Green Reading - If you cannot predict the break of a putt, you will never be the best you can be.
We all miss more putts than we think we should. A lot of times it is simply due to the fact that our eyes are out of position.
Some well-known putting gurus will preach about the importance of the putting "arc." Other renowned teachers will preach "straight back and straight through." Confused? So which is it? And what does the distinction mean?
I know, I've been there. As I was attempting to play the PGA Tour in the 70's, all the players that I knew would spend hours upon hours hitting balls with full swings. Some would spend some time practicing the "short game".
Harvey Penick once said: "A man who can't putt is a match for no one, a man who can is a match for anyone."
First of all, congratulations to Bubba Watson, a well-deserving champion and classy champion here at this year's Travelers Championship! As always, it's a thrill to be a part of what we here at TPC River Highlands feel is one of the best events in golf (no bias here!).
It was another exciting week for golf, starting with our own Illinois' Mike Small winning his third PGA Professional National Championship, the ladies had an exciting four-person playoff and Justin Rose wins his second tournament (and probably should have been third) in the last six weeks.
It's great to see Adam Scott, one of golf's good guys, back on top of his game. Congratulations to him and his win at this past week's Valero Texas Open.
PGA Professional Chris Starkjohann gives you a drill to help you make those all important shorter putts.
How much of a putting stroke would you put down to being confident standing over the ball? I seem to be having a bad run with the putter and feel my confidence is slipping over those tricky putts that we all enjoy.
Hello, I'm a single figure player who has been trying desperately to get over the dreaded 'yips' for ~5 years now. I've been playing golf for roughly 15 years, I'm now 26yrs old and have previously played state level golf at a very young age.
To get the ball close on long putts, speed is likely more important than direction. Develop a good vision of speed control and in your practice time work on long putts so you have the feel.
Instead of just beating balls on the range, try to play a round of golf on your home course at the range, the evening before the actual round. Stay at the range and hit your shot imagining the first fairway, approximate your drive and hit an iron to the green. If you miss, either c
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