Our First Putting Clinic. Success!
We had tremendous Success at the first Putting Clinic we participated in using the Acculine Golf Pucks System set in a configuration for Putting using 3 Golf Pucks and 5 Alignment Guide Rods of various lengths.
The story began at our first Putting Clinic in conjunction with PING at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. We arranged multiple Acculine Golf Pucks Systems set in a configuration for Putting using 3 Golf Pucks and 5 Alignment Guide Rods of various lengths. These were setup with a putting gate and a short vertical rod placed directly beneath the hands at address (as seen in the image below). These were placed across the practice green.
Golfers from the area flocked to the clinic for a chance to have PGA Instructor and Golf Pucks Ambassador John Gunby provide a free assessment of their swing. They waited patiently for their session with John. John recorded their swings with an iPad Pro using the V1 Sports app, and offered his tips based on the feedback from the video session. This helped many golfers identify areas that they needed to work on to improve their putting.
Prior to the Putting Clinic, one member of a local school’s golf team had been trying to fix a consistent putting miss to the left. He had not had any success figuring out what changes to make in his stroke. John discovered that the student was slightly closing the putter face at impact. His putting arc and path on the backswing was sound, but the face angle of the putter closed at impact as his left wrist lost its original starting angle, aka collapsed.
The putter path/arc was observed from down-the-line (D/L) with the camera positioned behind the putter and directly in line with the target. The club face angle at impact was videoed face-on (F/O).
John recorded the F/O video directly in front of the golfer, directly opposite the impact position, with the putter face parallel to the guide rod used to set the putting gate. The ball was positioned just ahead of the guide rod, with the putter face aligned exactly in line with this guide rod.
Using slow motion video, John was able to identify frame by frame how the putter blade was slightly closing through contact with the ball. The closed face at impact imparted a slight right-to-left spin on the ball, resulting in the slight left-hand curve and the chronic left miss. As the ball rolled closer to the hole and slowed down, the right-to-left curve became even more prominent.
As simple as that, the mystery of the left miss was figured out and the problem solved.