Tom’s Tip: Get Tacky on the Greens

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 8th, 2018


The best most effecient putting stroke depends on the
individual. This week we will review various options which you should
try in finding the one that works best for you.
Shoulders controlling: With the wrists in a locked position and the
shoulders and arms working in unison. Control the club throughout the
The shove type: The word shove is misleading. An actual shove is
illegal. It’s only a feel. The stroke is made with a very short
backswing and a long follow-through. The advantage of this type of
stroke is the shorter the backswing, the less chance of error.
The grip most certainly will influence the club head. Any type
of grip that keep the wrists from opening or closing the blade is a
good grip regardless of how the hands grip the club.
Whatever grip is chosen the thumbs should be on top. Thumbs are
the feelers and being on top allows you to feel if the blade is
Any stroke that holes the ball consistently is a good putting stroke.
Regardless of the style of the stroke the putter head should
never be taken to the outside of the target line on the backswing.
Finally, I have a drill that may work when practicing your
putting stroke called the Tap stroke. To learn this stroke pretend
there is a tack stuck in the back of the ball and when you make your
stroke have the putter head drive the tack further into the ball. This
will encourage you to hit the ball with more authority which with this
shorter stroke there will be less chance of the putter blade getting
out of what is called square position. So start getting “Tacky” on the
Finally, I thought I would share ajoke in regards to having a
proper greenside manner. A married couple is out for their weekly
round of golf, enjoying a great day and great play. But on the ninth
green, something terrible happens. The wife screams in agony and
collapses to the green. “Oh no,” the husband exclaims, “you’re having
a heart attack!” “Help me, dear,” the wife implores, “find a doctor.”
The husband runs off as fast as he can to find a doctor. He returns to
the green quickly, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His
wife raises her head off the green and glares at him. “I’m dying over
here and you’re putting!?” she asks incredulously. “Don’t worry dear,”
says the husband calmly. “I found a doctor on the second hole and he’s
coming to help you.” “Well, how long will it take for him to get
here?” the wife valiantly asks. “No time at all,” her husband answers,
while practicing his stroke. “Everybody’s already agreed to let him
play through.”
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