Speaking about putting for a moment,
I can’t express how important the applications of TGM are in the smallest of strokes… putting.
There is a lot of talk about power, dynamics, and how to use the golfing machine to maximize power accumulators to create the amazing wallop into ball, hitting or swinging.
In my studies of TGM with both Ben Doyle, Greg Mc Hatton, and other TGM players, very rarely did putting come up in conversation about G.O.L.F.
I have to admit, that in my quest to REALLY learn how to putt, the best lesson I ever received was from a well known Canadian senior teacher who was recommended to me by both Moe Norman and Bob Panasik.
His name …Alvie Thompson. Alvie told me more about putting in 30 minutes than I had learned in 20 years on my own. My one lesson with him took place in a coffee shop at Mc Cleary Golf Club in Vancouver.
Everything I had learned and worked on my whole life just went right out the window. What he said made more sense than anything I had ever learned from anyone or found out myself about putting.
Amazingly, nothing was more “golfing machine” than what he said.
My old way was stiff wrists, straight back, straight through, practicing
through a Pelz track with rails, neutral grip position.
His way was extreme weak left hand, extreme strong right hand,
4 opposing pressure points in both hands. Free loose wrists, firm but flexible (sound familiar?) steep downward angle of approach (divot) and a plane shift (loop). He was big on different stance and weight distribution alignments depending upon left to right, right to left, uphill, downhill. Reverse loft of the putter face was big on his ideals as well. It took me about 6 weeks to incorporate these ideas into my putting stroke and this soon manifested into having a run of shooting 37 under par in a three week period of competitive golf. I have never putted “bad” for any extended period since.
Everything Alvie taught me was easily transposed into golf machine ideology. It was the single best lesson I have ever had.
My putter is zero loft, so with a slight drag of the clubhead through impact, I do de-loft the putterhead to some degree, and I line up slightly left of target, incorporate a very subtle loop and push the ball slightly to the right as I drag the clubhead slightly toward the inside quadrant of the ball. My practice strokes are always into the ground
braising the ground.
breaking down the left wrist (hinge) during the putting stroke is fatal…
by turning the hands out, the left wrist can’t break down, it kind of locks the hands together in a way that the bones in the wrists just won’t allow it… this is the idea of the long putters, belly putters… takes the breaking of the left wrist out of the equation… with this grip and hand position, you really don’t have to resort to a belly or long putter…
Cory Pavin comes to mind as someone who used this grip in his heyday.
You certainly don’t need to use all four accumulators in putting…
extreme precision is the name of this part of the game…
the palms would be both facing away from the body, not facing one another… Alvie really believed the hands just work better in this position for putting, I might suppose that because of the tendency for deceleration in putting, clubhead throwaway, he believed that with the hands in this position it helps to solidify the left side, and if you keep the putterhead moving down and out, and even into the ground, it all really works well, and is in complete harmony with G.O.L.F.
Gary Player used to take divots while putting quite often. Great putter and a wonderful application of golf machine ideals.