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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jim Flick on the "Lofted Putter"

This is a tip from the late Jim Flick's book On Golf.
Your ball is off the green, beyond the fringe, sitting up pretty decently in light to medium-length rough -- the kind of average lie you expect to find when your approach to a par-four green comes up a little short. How do you play this shot?

Putt it. That's right, putt it. Only use a six-iron instead of your putter. Think of your six-iron as a lofted putter.

Take the same grip with your six-iron as you do with your putter. Take the same stance. Take care that your hands are about the same distance from the ground as they are with your putter. Note that with the shaft more upright than it is on a six-iron shot the heel of the club comes up slightly. That's okay: this is a putter now, not a six-iron. Eyes over the ball. Now take the same stroke as you do with your putter, which is the most repeatable stroke in golf because there are so few moving parts; arms and forearms, no hands and wrists. The ball comes up and out of the grass on a low trajectory, lands softly just on the green, and rolls toward the pin.

Nice putt.

Do I always use the six-iron? Do I always use the putting stroke around the green? Is this all there is to it?

The answers are no, no, and no. But if you work on the lofted putter idea, you'll find that it's the basic principle underlying many greenside shots. [p156]
That's pretty self-explanatory. The only thing I would add is that you might find another club works better for you. I've had a similar shot for years, only mine uses an eight-iron. It just comes off the clubface better with my stroke.

You might find that a hybrid works best. That's fine. It's the principle of the thing that will take strokes off your game.


  1. I hit an impressive shot from under a tree on Friday