"Andy, The magazine looks great - you've done a good job. Concise and to the point... Regards, Mel"

Mel Sole has 30 years experience teaching golf and is co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, USA



Golf Tip

Putting In-Depth - Part 1: Alignment
by Mel Sole

Having been a mediocre putter my whole life (and that being the reason I'm not on tour) I recently decided to attend a "Putting School"   I was amazed at the insight imparted to me by the two gentleman, Steve Kaluzne and Tony Piparo, who run the school. Therefore, this month and for the next two thereafter I will share with you the instruction that has turned my putting around. 

Dr. Steve Kaluzne is an optometrist and approaches putting from the eyes out. He discovered very quickly that I had an alignment problem. He suggested I do the following drill to improve this.

Take the ball and draw a line half way around the equator, making sure not to cover-up the printing. (I'll explain why in Part 3)

Picture #1

Once you have established the correct path to putt, place the ball down with the line along this target.

Place your putter behind the ball with the line on the putter and the line on the ball all on the same straight line.

Now that you are aligned correctly, go ahead and putt the ball. If the stroke is good, you should see the line on the ball rolling end over end. If this is not happening, place a board on the outside of your putter to help you keep the putter-head moving in a straight line to the target.


Next Week: Putting In-Depth - Part 2: Posture


Mel Sole is a former South African Tour player with about 30 years of teaching experience. He is the co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, which is rated one of the 25 best golf schools in the U.S. Mel's home course is Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Other Ritson-Sole Golf Schools are located in Wilmington, N.C., Atlanta, Blue Springs, Mo., Harrisburg, Pa., and San Sebastián de Amola, México. You can visit the Ritson-Sole Website at www.ritson-sole.com.



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