Scott Mikkelsen, Pine View Municipal Golf Course’s PGA of Canada head professional, passes along these short-game tips for people looking to get into the game and those of us who would do well to get back to basics.
While there are different ways and styles, I work with students on these fundamentals. Players should keep their arms inline with the putter. At address, the shaft should lean slightly toward the target. A soft grip at address is ideal. This allows for better control during the putting motion of the head path and face alignment. Tiger Woods has said that when he’s gripping his putter properly, anyone can easily pull it away from his hands.
Position the ball toward the back foot in your stance. Be sure the shaft of the club is almost straight up and down. Have your weight slightly forward on the front leg. Place hands slightly forward and use your putting stroke.
Start with a slightly open stance. Position the ball in the middle to a bit forward in your stance. Hinge the wrists, hit down on the ball and hold the wrists firm on the follow through. Many novice and beginner players tend to flip their wrists, which more often than not produces poor results.
For details on lesson packages with Mikkelsen at Pine View call 613.746.4653.