Masters 2019: You might not have heard of Justin Harding, but you may want to copy his putting style

    April 12, 2019 stanu 849 No Comments

    “The secret to using the long putter is to hold the top of the grip still with the left hand and swing the head back on plane by folding the right elbow behind you. This lets you keep everything above the top end of the handle quiet and let the dead weight of the putterhead falling back onto the ball produce the speed. The extra weight of the longer putter wants to help you do this if you let it.”  – Stan Utley

     

    Article originally published on Golf Digest
    By: Matthew Rudy

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    They do everything they can to make the Masters feel like a throwback to the 1950s. But one look at early first round leader Justin Harding’s putting stroke and it’s clear we’re not in the golf’s misty “golden era” anymore.

    Harding rolls his ball Bernhard Langer style, with a long-handled putter extending up to the middle of his chest—where he hovers his left hand in front of his breastbone and holds the other chunk of split handle with his right hand. The five birdies Harding made on Thursday were just an extension of his last month, which saw him win his first European Tour event at the Qatar Masters and surge into the top 50 of the World Ranking.

    The original purpose for the broom-handle putter was to anchor against the chest and provide a fixed fulcrum for the stroke to move back and forth like a pendulum—a godsend for players who struggled to control the handle through impact because of the yips. But the USGA’s rule against anchoring made players like Harding adapt to hovering it instead of anchoring. (Touching the shirt is OK, but the club or the hand holding it can’t touch the body.) But even without the fixed fulcrum, it’s still possible to get real benefit from the longer, heavier tool.

    “The secret to using the long putter is to hold the top of the grip still with the left hand and swing the head back on plane by folding the right elbow behind you,” says Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher and tour short game guru Stan Utley. “This lets you keep everything above the top end of the handle quiet and let the dead weight of the putterhead falling back onto the ball produce the speed. The extra weight of the longer putter wants to help you do this if you let it.”

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