July 06, 2017

When putting, this PGA Tour winner says forget about keeping your head still

Keep an easy grip on your putter

Keep an easy grip on your putter

When on the green and faced with a short to mid-range putt, relaxation and ease are of the utmost importance. According to Johnson Wagner, On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a death grip, my pressure is a 6 or 7. A firm grip allows me to control the putterhead and keep it square to the path. Another key to accuracy is to sole the putterhead consistently. I keep the heel of my putter off the ground until the last second and then gently lower it until it touches the green. That helps me set up perfectly every time." More: [Make All Your 4-Footers](http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2013-11/johnson-wagner-short-putts), by Johnson Wagner

Photo by: J.D. Cuban

J.D. Cuban

Is there any piece of advice more common in golf than, “Keep your head down”? Probably not. And it makes sense, especially for putting. You’re going to have a hard time making putts if you’re lifting your head up to peek and see where the ball is rolling. But Johnson Wagner, who’s won three times on the PGA Tour, says there’s a different body part you should think about keeping motionless during putts.

“Everyone says you should keep your head still on short putts,” Wagner says, “but I’ve found that if you try to lock in your eyes or your head, your stroke can become restricted. One of the best tips I ever got was to forget about my head and instead try to keep my rear end still. If that doesn’t move, the core of the body stays in place. That gives me a stable base on every putt, which helps with consistency.”

While picking your head up is bad for your putting, being rigid is just as detrimental. Give Wagner’s tip a try and see if helps you keep your body both still and relaxed while you putt.

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