• Learn What Straight Is With Rory McIlroy

    Written by Rory McIlroy on Tuesday, 8 September 2009

    I spent some time with putting coach Paul Hurrion recently and that has been very useful. We broke my stroke down to the basics and then just tightened everything up, working on my core stability. I like to set my palms square to the target line before gripping the club, so that my forearms are parallel. You don’t want one forearm...

  • Accelerate To Hole Out With David Leadbetter

    Written by David Leadbetter on Wednesday, 2 September 2009

    On short putts, amateurs tend to have too long a backstroke and then decelerate through impact. This causes inconsistency in the stroke’s rhythm and tempo and a lack of control over distance and direction. For putts of, say, six feet and closer, your general rule should be to make a short, accelerating stroke. Experiment with trying to halve the length of...

  • Should You Forward Press With Phil Mickelson

    Written by Phil Mickelson on Wednesday, 2 September 2009

    Although the forward press in putting is a matter of preference, it has always been my style to use one, and I recommend you give it a try. By nudging your hands toward the target a couple of inches before starting your takeaway, you'll find it easier to return at impact with your hands ahead of the ball -- a...