Breed's Blog: How to avoid those dreaded 3-putts

By Michael BreedOctober 16, 2012, 12:00 am


Monday musings from Michael covering a variety of topics relating to the world of golf:

Avoiding 3-Putts: Some of the most successful putters, including Jonas Blixt and Bobby Locke, keep the putter face square to the target line during the whole stroke. The face of the putter never changes its perpendicular relationship to the target. You want the impact point to be dead center on the ball and the putter face square. You want to keep the back of the left hand toward the target line and knuckles down to make sure the putter face stays square. A drill to help monitor if you’re keeping the putter face dead center to the target line through the whole stroke is to take two alignment rods and set them up to the target line you want. Then take a coat hanger and place it against your putter grip and make sure it runs parallel to the alignment rods through your stroke.

Slicing: When players make the club handle rise, they hit to the right because that causes the club to deflect the ball to the right. To make sure the shaft and handle stay low you need to keep your chest down. You don't want to stand up through the swing. A cupped wrist causes the toe of the clubhead to hang down and remain open through impact, which sends the ball to the right. A drill to make sure you get the clubface square is to set up with both hands on the club. Then with your trail hand only make a backswing and stop at the top. Then reach out and grip the club with your lead hand making sure that wrist is not cupped and finish the swing. Another drill for your spine angle to make sure you’re not standing up through the swing is to place your bag against your rear end. Take a swing and keep your rear touching the bag throughout the swing until after impact.

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Ball Position: First off, ball position is not where the ball is in relation to the feet. Ball position is related to the upper body. To be more consistent with ball position, you first need to make sure you know where to put the ball in your stance for each club. Take two alignment rods and create a 'T' with them on the ground. The alignment rods can visually help you see where the ball is in your stance if you wish. The driver will be farthest up in your stance, gradually moving back for each club. To check your consistency, take two pens. Put one on the ground where the ball should be and set up to it. Then take the other pen and place it against the placket of your shirt, or forward of the placket if it's your driver, and drop it. If it lands on the pen that is on the ground then you did a good job. That drill will help you be aware of where your placket is and how well you're consistently setting up to the ball correctly.

Choosing The Right Ball: There are eight different balls in the Titleist family alone, and there are many factors when choosing a golf ball. Two basic reasons are preference and performance. Try to have an idea of what kind of performance you want. Do you need more spin or less spin? Preference is about the number on the ball, the brightness, the color of the number on the ball and the color of the ball in general. Also, every ball goes long. The distance you hit a ball is based on clubhead speed and trajectory. However, don't choose the ball that goes the farthest. Choose a ball that performs well on the greens and in the other areas of your game. The best way to go about finding a ball is to get fit by a PGA professional and to try different balls to see which one fits your game best and performs the way you want in each part of your game. Once you find a ball you like, identify your game with it by using that kind every time.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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