Putting
Follow-Through

Your Putting Follow-Through forms an important

part of your putting stroke. 


IN SHORT

To ensure that your putterface returns to square at impact you need to manage your left wrist. It must be braced both at impact and into your follow-through.



Left Wrist

Your left wrist is a hinge, and if it hinges coming into the ball, you could undo all the previous good work of reading the putt and aiming your putterface.

To putt with any degree of success you have to ensure that your left wrist remains braced at impact and preferably for a further four to six inches into the follow-through.

One of the most common faults in both putting and chipping is a break-down of the left wrist. The head of your putter, or club, gets ahead of your hands at impact usually sending the ball off to the left.


Putting and Chipping

Mark Wilson Chipping

Mark Wilson
Chipping Impact

Putting and Chipping have much in common.

For example, the chip-putt is a useful technique when you are close to the green and want a low rolling shot.

Here you are using your putting stroke with a lofted club such as a seven or eight iron.

The hands lead the club head into the shot and the angle of the shaft is leaning forward.



Preset Hands and Wrists

I am a great fan of the putting stroke taught by Dave Stockton, arguably one of the better putters in recent times. He positions his hands at address with almost a straight line from the left forearm to the angled putter shaft.

Then with a slight forward press he makes his stroke while maintaining the preset position of his hands and wrists throughout impact and into the follow-through.

There is a way to simulate this stroke:

  • Take your normal putting stance and setup. 
  • Now position the putter head back of centre towards your right foot.
  • Then without changing your wrist angle replace it at the ball.

Look in a mirror and notice the alignment of your left forearm, wrist and putter shaft. The trick now is to maintain this arrangement throughout your putting stroke – certainly into impact and the first part of your follow-through.


Dave Stockton's Technique

Dave Stockton Putting

Dave Stockton
Putting Impact

Here is how Dave Stockton describes his putting stroke. "I make a forward press at the start to give my stroke a dynamic beginning, swing the putter back, and concentrate on moving the back of my left hand toward the target …"

You can see a four-part illustration of his stroke in his book Unconscious Putting.

My preference at address in both putting and chipping is to preset the shaft lean to match my impact position and keep it there throughout the stroke. I find that this acts as a safeguard against flipping my wrists through impact.



Putting Follow-Through

Your Putting Follow-Through is something that you should manage carefully if you want to putt well. By holding your impact position you can avoid the putter head passing your hands prematurely at impact – a recipe generally for a poor putt.

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Image Source
1 = www.golfdigest.com
2 = Illustration Dave Stockton's Book Unconscious Putting


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