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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Martin Hall on Wrist Putting (Video)

This is an old clip from School of Golf, back when Sara Brown was on the show. In this clip Martin talks about wrist putting and, while it's not exactly the same style as the pop stroke I covered in Ruthless Putting, there's more than one way to wrist putt and Martin does include the primary fundamentals of any basic wrist stroke.

The key fundamental in wrist putting, the fundamental which all effective versions of the technique share, is that the trailing arm stays stationary during the stroke. You can see this in Martin's demonstration around the 2:05 mark.

When you watch him do it, you might be inclined to stroke the club with your lead hand, and that does work for some people. But you'll probably find it easiest to create a square clubface at impact if you use your trailing hand to make the stroke. That's because your quiet trailing arm limits the extra sideways motion that throws the stroke off line.

Also, you'll probably find it easier to keep your stroke on line if you open your stance just slightly. This is something you'll need to experiment with, but it's because your trailing arm is slightly off to your side rather than out in front of your body.

If you don't hit the ball straight, you may need to adjust your ball position. The wrist stroke is so simple that, if the ball is positioned correctly, the ball should roll straight quite consistently.

One last thought: While it's true that you see fewer pros use a wrist stroke these days because the greens are much faster, that doesn't mean the stroke doesn't work on fast greens. It simply means that you must be more relaxed when you stroke the putt, and the pros use drills that focus so much on line and plane that they "freeze up" over the ball.  An effective wrist stroke is a relaxed stroke, and it will work as well on a fast green as a slow one.

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