Greetings from Suzanne Wednesday, 25 April 2012

There is a lot of talk and discussion, promoted more recently by the manufacturers, about Putter design and your stroke shape (straight, slight arc and strong arc). This is a relevant discussion but not the priority with most golfers playing the game, whether casually or as regular members.

How many golfers have actually ever had a Putting lesson and been taught the basic techniques that allow them, whatever their stroke shape, to return the face square to the target line in their stroke? Those same golfers are all familiar with the first 12 inches of the takeaway with their Driver and many other aspects of the golf swing, but their knowledge of the Putting stroke fundamentals should be a lot better.

Next, how many of those same golfers have ever had their Putter fitted for their game? Putter, posture, setup and alignment are all critically interlinked. The manufacturers, who have given us Fitting Carts for Irons and Metalwoods, have turned their attention to making it as easy as possible to fit golfers to the correct specification Putter.

But, let’s leave the manufacturers out of this. Turn your attention to your Putting stroke and the Fitting of your Putter and you can make real improvements in your Putting. I’m talking about >25% more Putts sunk in the 6 – 15 foot range. That is a big impact on your scorecard. Contact us now and become a better Putter.


The grip is the most inexpensive, but arguably one of the most important components of your iron. It is, after all, the only part of the club you actually touch. However, I want to draw your attention to the impact on your accuracy the size of ‘grip’ can have. The right grip size allows you to return the clubface square to the target at impact.

If the grip is too large for your hands, it will limit your ability to release the wrists through impact and square the club, leading to a block out to the right or a slice that robs you of distance and accuracy. A grip that is too thick for your hands can also reduce your club head speed and the ‘whipping effect’ as the club travels through impact, robbing you of vital distance. If your grip is too small for your hands it can cause excessive rotation of the hands and wrists, leading to a hook.

Even if you aren’t in the market for a new set of Irons, please check your grips or let me help you check your grips. Check them for both wear and size. If there is a problem, then a new set of grips is an inexpensive and fast way to bring a dramatic change to your game; so please do come and see me.

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