Guest Author - Letta Meinen
I feel this book “No 3 Putts” by Dave Perry has so much information from 10 Golf Professionals that my giving a few suggestions as to what can be found in this book will encourage you to purchase it. Mike Shannon is one of the 50 Greatest Teachers listed in Golf Digest and was interviewed by David Perry who wrote the book “No 3 Putts”. There is a long list of where Mike has worked and number of Pro Golfers who he has instructed. Mike has a great saying to start off his section in the book, “Every player has the ability to putt as well as the best putters on tour.” I felt he must really believe this as he has some good suggestion in putting for golfers.
Mike Shannon answered David Perry’s first question of the importance of putting in the golf game. Mike responded by saying every golfer needs to realize that putting is 40% of all shots they take on the golf course. They use this putter twice as much as any other club in the bag. With that previous statement he proceeds to share his thoughts. Every person will have to find their ball position as not everybody is the same. It depends on your dominant eye to create a perfect aim if your eye is along the front to back line you will aim perfectly.
The second thing to remember is that the putter stroke is an arc from back to front. The reason for this is the shaft of the putter is an incline plane and not a vertical plane. This leaves the arc of the putter from a four to six inch arch. When you have arc rotation in your putting stroke it depends solely on timing and impact. This then goes into address of the putter to the ball as the shaft of the putter is an extension of your forearm. The shaft is neither above nor beneath the arm and Mike states that a lot of players stand too tall which causes inconsistency in the stroke. Next is the angle of the spine from the back of the neck to the belt line should be a comfortable stance to the ball. The stroke becomes a shoulder turn on the ball, keeping the wrist firm.
Golf course greens have changed so much through the years and you will have to study the greens to find the breaks and consistency of the greens. This takes practice and that means a players should take the time to work around on your putting green to get the feel of how much effort it takes to make a long putt to staying focus on the short putts. Other suggestions in this book is eye control, keeping your eye on the ball and not follow the putter back or through to make a smooth stroke to the hole. The more you practice on the putting green will help relieve the pressure when you get out on the course. You will be able to control your stroke on either those long or short putts.
Final question to Mike was what do you need to become a good putter? Mike answer was the ability to aim the putter if you can’t aim you can’t putt. It is finding the dominate eye and a front to back ball position. Also he adds that it is consistent tempo and rhythm on every shot as well as the putter as they all have to match. Mikes last tip was to be careful in buying a putter as some people need an offset putter while some need face balance or the length of the shaft. If you are short or tall you need a putter that fits you as all these things help you to become a better putter and lowering your score.
There was so much more in this single section that every person who is disgusted with their putting and want to be rid of those dreaded three putts, should find a copy of this book. Then study it from cover to cover and as what Mike Shannon said you can putt like the Pro’s.