Golf Swing Mechanics – Swing the Putter Like Your Driver?

For many golfers, putting is the most frustrating part of their game.

But wait a minute.

How can rolling a golf ball on the ground and into a hole some few feet away be more challenging to a golfer than driving a golf ball, lofting it in the air from many yards away?

Most golfers believe the proper golf swing mechanics of swinging a putter to be of a completely different rule set than swinging woods and irons.

Makes sense right? I mean we swing our drivers and irons in a completely different manner than we swing our putter.

No matter which club we swing, to hit our best shot we must always possess guidance and control over that particular club. Whether hitting a drive, a long iron shot or a putt, control and power are always provided by the body.

Although they look drastically different in form, driving and putting are mechanically similar.

Joe Novak in his book, Golf can be an Easy Game, offers greater insight and perspective on this matter.

Novak writes;

“It is one thing to drive well, another thing to approach well, and important as these two departments are in golf, the real object of the game is to get the ball into the cup. Volumes have been written about driving and approaching, but there has been too much insistence that putters are born and not made, and that putting is something that cannot be taught.

I strongly disagree with such a contention.

It cannot be denied that the power required for a putting stroke can be provided in any number of ways.

So while there are numerous putting styles, there is a classic style that all great golfers employ in driving shots, fairway shots and long irons—emanating from the fact that the power necessary to make a perfect drive or a long iron shot can only come from one source and that is the body.

Once a player learns to use their body correctly, their hands fall into line to give a natural sense of guidance and control over the club. It is this combination of body for power plus hands for club control that produces the long straight drives, the booming fairway woods and the accurate iron shots.

Now if a certain technique provides control and accuracy at a range from 200 to 250 yards, shouldn’t that technique provide a more certain control and greater accuracy at a two or four or ten-foot range?

Reviewing the accuracy of my drives and the precision of my iron shots, I came to the conclusion that what works at 200 yards should certainly work at ten feet. More clearly I realized that the objective in putting was the same as the objective in any other shot—distance plus direction.

…I learned to use my body as the swinging medium and that left my hands free to guide and steady the club throughout the stroke. As a consequence, I became a fine putter, and I boast I am a good putter for the simple reason that I know just how my putter is pointed (this gives me directional control) and that I know just how hard I am going to swing the putter (this gives me a sense of distance). I use the same…routine that I use on all my other shots in golf—why change when you come to the most delicate shot in the game?

This may startle some old-school golfers, but the way to swing a putter is with a definite body control. Analyze the two-way diagonal stretch action of the body as it is used in golf shots, analyze the natural gyroscopic action of the body and you will find that a perfect pendulum action swing will be produced.”

According to Novak proper golf swing mechanics in putting are simple – swing your putter as you would your driver. We mean this in function not form!

Check back soon to learn more golf swing mechanics to better your driving and iron shots!

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