4- Tips and Strategies

Alignment (aiming to the right for right-handed players)

Most of the players we see at my studio have the same swing error: aim right and swing left. This produces a cutting across motion resulting in right curving patterns. Whatever the player does wrong on a full swing 7 iron, we tend to see with every club, including the putter!  

I don’t see any reason why the average player can’t lower their scores from 4-8 shots just by better putting. Better putting starts with better aim. You do not have to be highly skilled, strong, athletic, or have great hand eye coordination to become a better putter. You’re only moving the putter back and through a couple of feet.

Let’s take a look at what typically happens when you aim the putter to the right of the target. If you make a perfect stroke, where does the ball go? Straight to the right where you were aimed! However, you might think you pushed it because you didn’t know where you were aimed. Then you begin to make stroke adjustments that send you in a downward spiral of worse performances and higher scores.

You must practice with accurate feedback. That’s why we have developed the TA Zero. The red aiming rod will tell you exactly where the forearms are pointed and aimed. When you aim the forearms and the putter out to the right, you will either cut across the putt (creating side spin and slicing the putt), or you learn you have to close the face and pull it left to get it on line to the cup. Both are in-stroke compensations that are very difficult to consistently repeat.  

Help correct your aim by pointing the red aiming rod at your target. Then you can see what it feels like to aim more accurately. At first it will look odd, but with practice, you will train your eyes and brain to know what aiming straight looks like.  Soon you’ll learn that you do not have to make in stroke compensations. Less compensations mean more consistency, fewer putts and lower scores! More fun!

STEVE’S RAMBILNGS – If what Bryson D is doing is so good, why isn’t anyone else following? Why is he the only one playing single length golf clubs? Why is he the only one “bulking up” to add distance? Could it be that it’s not for everyone? What works for Bryson doesn’t necessarily work for someone else (and maybe won’t work for anyone else).  The objective is to find out what works for you to get one shot better and go with it. Don’t follow the crowd. Make the swing you have a little better. Make your golf game a little better. This means you will need to take a long close look at your game and your statistics. Find out where your weak points are and make a plan to improve them. Everyone loves to work on their strengths and avoid their weaknesses. That’s precisely why your strengths are so good while your weaknesses remain poor. Maybe that’s like life? Take an honest assessment of your game and let’s come up with a plan to improve.