Golf Tip

Putting In-Depth - Part 4 : Questions & Answers
by Mel Sole

As mentioned in my last three Golf Tips, I recently attended the "1 Putt Golf School"  in Winston Salem run by Tony Piparo and Steve Kaluzne. This week's tip resulted from questions raised by a reader of the last three tips.


"Doesn't the push drill make you start to "push" your putts? How does this drill work when putting normally? I thought that you weren't supposed to be right hand dominant when you putted? Won't the leading hand be stronger leading or pushing the putt?" - K. T. of  St. Claire Shores, MI.

These are great questions and very helpful for me as an instructor to get feedback like this from my students or readers. It is vitally important that the reader both understands the purpose of these drills, and does them correctly - otherwise the goal is defeated.

I'll answer these questions one at a time.

1. "Doesn't the push drill make you start to "push" your putts?"

It is important while doing the push drill that you use a ruler or something that will help you push the putter "straight" through. The toe of the putter must stay an equal distance from the ruler at all times. This way the putter-head is always on line. Also important aspect is that the face of the putter must at all times be at 90 degrees to the ruler in order for the ball to roll on the exact line you want.

2. "How does this drill work when putting normally?"

A "drill" is to be used only on the practice green so you can train yourself to repeat it competently over and over. Later when you are on the course you do not have to think of the drill - you will automatically have a good putting stroke. Once you have chosen the line you can keep focused only on the speed needed to hit the putt, something all great putters do.

3. "I thought you weren't supposed to be right hand dominant when you putted?"

You will note in last week's tip I say that the push drill is to help you feel the arm and hands "kinesthetically" through the putting stroke and that the objective is to feel no breakdown between the arms and hands. This means that there is no "dominant hand or arm" when you putt. By doing the push drill you will finally feel the big muscles in the shoulders and upper back controlling the putting motion, thus eliminating the small muscles of the arms and hands which are the real "killers" in the putting stroke.

Remember that each of the push drills needs to be practiced (either at home or on the putting green) for at least 21 consecutive days in order to ingrain a completely automatic motion.

Good Luck and great putting!!




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



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