April 08, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 12:06 PM by Matt Newman |

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April 01, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice with Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 9:13 AM by Matt Newman |

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March 28, 2014

Size Matters! How To Find the Right Length Putter for You

Posted at 1:00 PM by Marius Filmalter | Categories: Marius Filmalter, Michelle Wie, Putting

Does the length of your putter really matter? Absolutely! So why then can we only buy putters with a length of around 34 inches at our local pro shops?

The reason is very simple. The average man in United States of America stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches and the distance between his palms and the floor is 32 inches. The average spine-angle tilt when addressing the ball is around 40 degrees. If this average man takes up a reasonably comfortable and athletic address position, the 34-inch putter will fit him just fine. A good example is Luke Donald, not only is he a great putter with a good stroke but also looks very comfortable with his standard-length putter.

So what is the correct length for you? It depends mostly on 1.) The distance between your palms and the floor; 2.) The angle of your spine when over the ball; and 3.) The bend of your elbows.

Shell_putterIf you want to bend over the ball like Michelle Wie [right], thereby reverting back to the days before Lucy, make sure you have a short putter and a good orthopedic surgeon. You will need both.

But there are other ways to compensate for a short putter. Phil Michelson for instance, stretches his arms or -- in other words -- he putts with long arms. This is maybe not such a bad idea for longer putts but it is certainly not advisable for putts where directional control is at a premium.

The interesting point is that both Michelle and Phil are much taller than average but elect to combat the greens with much shorter weapons. That just does not make any sense and we know they have had more than their fair share of short putts not finding the hole. Could those misses be attributed to the length of their putters forcing them to make unnecessary compensations? A wise man once said that the fewer compensations you have to make, the more consistent your outcomes will be. And those consistent outcomes help you build more confidence in your putting.

Long putters have their complications as well. They are heavy and unresponsive, which limits feel and feedback. Now a lot of golfers might think that unresponsiveness or a high moment of inertia in a putter is a good thing -- and right you are! But as we know, there are limits. You need a balance between responsiveness and stability; feel and reliability.

A longer putter is probably a good option for those golfers suffering from the yips. Try a 39-inch putter and clamp the top of the grip against the inside of your left forearm, provided you play the game right-handed.

If you are substantially shorter or taller than average, it might be a good idea to have your putter fitted by a reputable club-fitter. For all of us average-sized people, may you have the right length to have a blast, at least on the greens.

Part 1: How to Find the Right Style Putter for You

Next Time: How to Find the Correct Loft for Your Putter

[Photo of Michelle Wie at the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions via Getty Images]

March 25, 2014

Golf tips, swing advice with Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 8:58 AM by Matt Newman | Categories: Brady Riggs, Top 100 Teachers in America

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

March 18, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

March 11, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

March 04, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

February 26, 2014

How To Find the Right Style Putter For You

Posted at 3:29 PM by Marius Filmalter | Categories: Marius Filmalter, Putting

Ernie_putter_600Ernie Els checks his putter at the 2010 Tour Championship (AP Photo).

“Which putter is right for me?” This is a question I get all the time, not only from the Tour players whom I work with but also golfers who play the game just for fun. The simple answer is, There is no right or wrong putter for you. In our day and age, everyone thinks you need club-fitting, MOI, adjustable weighting and other concepts most of us don't even understand to find the right putter, so I'm sure the club-fitters and putter manufacturers are already gathering their forces to come after me. And you and your buddies must be thinking that I have finally lost my mind. But stick around and let me explain.

When it comes to missed putts, the problem is more often the Indian than the arrow. However, you should choose an arrow that you like, meaning the style or shape of the putterhead should fit your taste. Your putter should be an expression of you, something you can identify with, and something that can become part of you on the golf course. There are many shapes and sizes of putters available. Just take a look at the golfers struggling with their putting, they usually have the most exotic putter styles and shapes.

Step 1: Your Putter Should Be Like Your Life Partner: Sexy, Snazzy and Classy

Personally I cannot, or rather don't want to, putt with a putter that’s shaped like a spider. It's too busy, too big and way too clumsy. I prefer something simple, clean and classic. But everybody is not like me and that is why we have all these different types and styles of putters. So, the first thing to consider is the style of putter you like. Choose something that fits your eye and is comfortable to hang with, something you can fall in love with, your companion in the heat of the moment on the greens. Yes, your putter should be similar to your life partner, something sexy, snazzy and classy. You should be able to look down at the putter and say: "I can make a lot of putts with this beautiful thing."

Here's a picture of a putter I can play with:

Marius_putter_300

Step 2: Your Putter Should Feel Good and Sound Good

You should have a pleasant, relaxed and enjoyable feeling when rolling the ball, not a feeling of manipulation or guidance. Your putter should swing freely and spontaneously. The ball should come off your putterface gently yet crisp, plush and firm all at the same time. It is essential for me to feel impact -- I want to hear and feel the contact with the ball. I want as much as possible feedback at impact, the moment of truth.

My research has found that golfers who use soft inserts in the putterface find it more difficult to control distance. Why? Because of a lack of feedback. Feedback – the sound and feel of the ball – makes you sensitive and responsive to the motion of your putting stroke, which in turn helps you to become a better putter. Progress is not possible without feedback.

Next week we will look at the various characteristics of putters.

Cheers,

Marius

For more information about Marius Filmalter, visit MariusGolf.com.

 

February 25, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 9:45 AM by Matt Newman |

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

February 18, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 8:50 AM by Matt Newman | Categories: Brady Riggs, Golf Tips, Top 100 Teachers in America

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!


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