Every golfer has cues that help them determine if their stroke is working as expected. For the different clubs – different cues; for me I have something in my putting stroke that is a must have to know that I am putting well. My cue is very specific and something that I can actually feel, especially during my warm up routine.
To set the stage of where my cue developed, it all started in 2014. PGA Tour Canada hosted a group of military and this is an excerpt from my article:
I was fortunate to have Drew Evans provide some putting tips. As he watched me putt, he indicated that I had a very good putting stroke. He emphasized the importance of keeping my triangle while putting. When I asked about my view of following through twice as far as the back swing, he indicated that it was a good drill for mid to high handicap players, but for lower handicappers, a smoother even putting stroke is preferred. Lastly, he suggested that I move my hands out from my body about 2 inches to keep my shoulders, wrists and putter head in a straight line…man did that make a positive difference! Thanks Drew I appreciate the help.https://thegratefulgolfer.com/2014/08/29/pga-tour-canada-golf-clinic-for-the-canadian-armed-forces/
By following Drew’s advice of moving my wrists forward two inches, I felt my right tricep engage during my follow through. At first I did not really understand what was happening, but during my next practice session, I realized that my putting stroke was better when I felt my a tightness in my upper right arm.
Since that time, whenever I practice, I ensure I feel my tricep engage. It is then I know that my hands, wrists, and shoulders are in the proper position. Additionally, it allows me to maintain the putting triangle throughout my entire stroke. Lastly, it also reinforces my back 6 forward 12 mantra to ensure that my putter head follows through the ball on my intended line.
Using the cue of tightening muscles in my right tricep is something that I stumbled upon, but use it constantly to ensure my putting stroke is working properly. I use it most of the time when practicing and warming up. When I have the right feeling, I continue to build on this stroke until it is innate, repeatable, and sustainable.
Do you have any physical cues you use to know that your stroke is working as it should?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!