30 Mar '13, 1pm

For downhill putts, think of the putter's shaft as being glass.

For downhill putts, think of the putter's shaft as being glass.

I putt my best when I have a sense of gentleness in my hands, my stroke and the way the ball comes off the putterface. Then the ball rolls consistently, which might just be the secret to fine putting. I visualize the puttershaft as being extremely limber, almost as flexible as a length of rope, which means the only way I can get the clubhead to swing truly is to stroke putts very softly. If the rope image doesn't seem to be working, I'll replace it in my mind's eye with a delicate glass shaft that will shatter if I'm even a tiny bit harsh at the ball. Vital to swinging the putter this gently, but with sufficient speed to reach the hole, is a very light grip. There shouldn't be any involuntary grabbing once you've set the club in motion. WHAT I THINK NOW I've learned over the years that the rope image is not as practical as thinking that the shaft is made of glass. This ima...

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