The Ultimate Touch ®
|Most golf experts agree that the ideal putting stroke emulates a pendulum. Based on the composite of 19 professional golfers, research has shown about a 1 to 1.5 length ratio of backswing to follow through. In other words, the follow through is at least 50% longer than the backswing. Using this knowledge (coupled with a few other principles) you can develop consistent distance control through regular exercise using a simple training device I designed - I call it the Ultimate Touch®.||Diligent practice using the Ultimate Touch® guarantees that you will own four repeatable distances between 4 - 32 feet (assumes flat green, stimp reading ~ 9.) Once these four distances are learned and internalized with repeatability, all other length putts between these landmark distances become just minor adjustments (allowing for various green speeds/slopes.)|
THE ULTIMATE TOUCH®
|Here's what you will need to build your Ultimate Touch®:|
The Ultimate Touch® can also be used to help build a putting routine using a 4 beat sequence. Count 1-2-3-4 aloud until you can synchronize yourself along with your metronome setting. Choose any of the exercises (A, B, C or D) based on the length you want to practice. Remember to always start with your putter at the red 15 center, for example:
Exercise A with 4 Beat Sequence
- Swing back to red 9 on count 1
- Swing through to red 25 on count 2
- Hold on red 25 on count 3
- Release back to red center red 15 on count 4
Practice the 4 beat sequence along with the metronome by swinging your putter directly over the Ultimate Touch®. After 3 practice strokes, move in and place the putter behind the ball. Try the putt within the next 4 counts. Set a goal of putting about 10 of the same brand balls into a tight pile before moving on to the next color. It is imperative that your focus remains on swinging the putter head from color-to-color... the ball just gets in the way of the swing! Try all the exercises with each of the remaining colors.
By using a pendulum like stroke with these exercises, you will produce consistent ball distances for each of the colors on the Ultimate Touch®. Be very careful not add additional force to the putt with your body or hand muscles. On a flat green, balls putted from each of the four different colors will result in a distance separation X factor that doubles, i.e., Red=X, Yellow=2X, Blue=4X, Purple=8X.
Send your comments to Roy SeGuine - enjoy, and may all your putts take 2 strokes or less!