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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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Heel Shafted

Heel Shafted Putters for the Circular Putting Stroke

As we have said, if your swing path during your putting stroke is more circular in motion around your body rather than the more pendulum motion, the heel shafted putters may be more suitable for you.  As so many variables go into successful putting, to put your success or failure into the type of putter you use is probably putting too much emphasis on one aspect.  On the other hand, you want to give yourself every advantage you can.

heel shafted putters

Heel Shafted Putter

We talk about how these putters differ from the center shaft putters, and when you get to the point when neither seems to be doing the job, you turn to the anchored, or belly putters and long putters.  All have their place, and here we would like to discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls.

Many golfers of course swear by the heel shafted putters, but it may be because you are so used to this putter because your stroke is so in tuned with it.  But it does take a little more coordination to get the putter face properly squared to the ball at impact.  And this squaring the of the putter face at ball impact is a necessary ingredient to consistent putting.

Breaking Down these Putters

At the beginning of the putting stroke, the toe of the putter tends to stay where it is for a moment, which closes the putter (provided the golfer doesn’t compensate with some hand action with the backstroke).  At the top of the backstroke, the tendency of the toe of the putter is to keep moving back, or opening up.  When the stroke begins, the toe of the putter is still lagging, and then must close on the ball before contact.  This opening and closing of the putter face means that there is quite a lot going on during the duration of the putting stroke.  We always say that the more variables that you can take out of any golf stroke will lead to greater consistency.

To make this all work on a consistent basis, the putter has learned to shut the club face over probably years of practice, and if it works for the golfer (and it obviously works for many successfully), then definitely stick with it.  But I think it will take a great deal more concentration to putt successfully, and as a person gets on in the years, he may be more vulnerable to the dreaded “yips”.  But what almost everyone agrees with successful putting: worry less about technique and more about what works for you at that time, because what works constantly changes.  Remember, putting is mostly mental, but understanding technique and knowledge on reading greens will help the mental aspect of the game.



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