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4 3 2 I created a simple 4-step system to get you set up correctly, which starts with the grip. 1. Pick the putter up so that the shaft is level with the ground. Place the handle in the "lifeline" of your left hand (if you're right-handed), so the shaft is lined up with your left forearm, as in Photo 1. 2. Starting with your right hand on the shaft (Photo 2), pick up your left hand index finger and slide your right hand up until it touches the left hand. Lay your index finger over one or more fingers of the right hand. Now you've got the "reverse-overlap" grip that most Tour pros use (Photo 3). 3. From an extended arms position, pull your arms in so the elbows touch your sides (Photo 4). 4. From here, simply bend over from the hips until the putter hits the ground. Now you're in the correct putting stance with the eyes directly over the ball (Photo 5). NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 37 Numbers Don't Lie No matter your level of play, you use three clubs for 65% to 70% of the shots you hit during a round. The three most important shots in golf a re driving, pitching and putting (see the chart, right). Allow me to share a few tips and drills to practice for these three key shots, which will help improve your chances of shooting a lower score and have more fun while doing it. We'll start on the green and work our way back to the tee. I like to give all my students a good set-up routine for putting. If you have a good putting grip and posture, and are the right distance from the ball every time, you'll have a better chance of making a solid stroke and holing more putts. PUTTING 1 0 HANDICAP 18 HANDICAP 14 Drives 14 Drives 29 Putts 36 Putts 7 Pitch Shots 10 Pitch Shots 50 Total 60 Total 70% 66% 1 5

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