Time to go left-hand low


Before I talk about this week’s Honda winner, Y.E. Yang, I wanted to comment about something I saw at the previous week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya – Cancun. I happened to be working that event for Golf Channel, and watched in awe as eventual winner Mark Wilson sank one big putt after another in the middle of his final round. He made a 20-footer for par on No. 8, a 25-footer for birdie on No. 9, another 20-footer for par on 10, and an 8-footer for par on 11. For the week, Wilson averaged 27.8 putts per round and 1.667 putts per GIR, ranking 4th overall.
Wilson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, has a magnificent tempo to his stroke, and he just so happens to putt with his left hand low. I don’t think this is a coincidence. Let me explain. When you putt left-hand low, it naturally forces more weight onto your front foot, providing better stability. It also helps square your shoulders at address so the putterhead travels more down the line through the stroke, instead of cutting across the ball. You almost never see a left-hand low putter with their shoulders open. What I also like about this technique is that it promotes a steadier head throughout the stroke and puts more forward lean on the shaft, so the ball rolls truer (end over end) coming off the face.
Do I recommend that everyone switch to left-hand low? No. You've got to go with what gives you the best results. But before you switch to a belly putter or long putter make sure you try this method first. Players with good technique generally have outstanding tempo, and putting left-hand low promotes the proper technique.