With 7 Majors and 92 worldwide wins, Arnold Palmer is considered one of the greatest golfers of all-time. He gave so much to the game that some of his minor contributions are overlooked. One of these was putting under pressure with success. If you ever watch his putting style, it is not something PGA professionals would emulate. It is quite unorthodox to say the least.
All hunched over, very little movement, hands so close to his body, and so on. His style was uniquely his own and like or not, it was effective. Over the years, he and other legends demonstrate that sometimes doing something extremely well does not have to look like poetry in motion. It just has to work!
After all the analysis and dissection of Mr. Palmer’s putting style, many ‘experts’ overlook some putting concepts that are ingrained in most professionals today. Here is how Mr. Palmer described it:
Let me break down what Mr. Palmer said because his 30 second tip is the foundation of great putting. You will notice that he never gets into the how, but focuses on the bigger details; thus leaving room for individuality to make your putting stroke yours! Here are Mr. Palmer’s key points:
- Get Set. Get into a comfortable position that you can duplicate all the time.
- Keep your eyes still. Focus on a point on the ball.
- Keep your head still. Through the entire putting stroke, keeping our head still is critical to consistent putting.
- Visualize a line through the ball on the intended line to the hole. Today, players actually put a line on the ball and line up this visual cue on their intended line.
- Make a smooth stroke without moving your eyes or head.
Arnold Palmer used these fundamentals throughout his entire career with great success. I suggest that if you listen to any professional teacher most, if not all, of Mr. Palmer’s tenets are at the core of their teachings. He helped shape the golfing world in the 1950’s and 60’s and is still doing it today.
There is great wisdom in watching and understanding the teachings of great players like Arnold Palmer. Unfortunately, what they are saying gets overshadowed by the white noise of the modern social media daily blitz; but to truly gain wisdom from their experiences, we need to slow down, really listen to what they are saying.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!