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NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2018 55 CENTERED STRIKE DRILL A perfect strike happens when you hit the b all in the center of the sweet spot with the putterface looking straight at the desired starting line. It's hard to miss with this kind of contact. Sure, you can make putts without perfect contact, but that leaves too much to chance. You deserve better than that. A drill we recommend is to wrap two rubber bands around the putter-face, leaving just enough space to hit the ball cleanly. If you mis-hit the putt by catching it out toward the heel or the toe of your putter, or with the face open or closed to your starting line, the rubber bands will dampen the strike and send it off line. This drill improves your putting impact pattern and provides immediate feedback on the precision of your putter impact relative to the sweet spot. Let's eliminate your mis-hits and you'll pour 'em in the heart of the cup like never before. PUTT WITH AN ARC There are different philosophies on the proper path for swinging the putter, but at The Olympic Club we teach that the stroke should be inside on the take away and down the line to the target on the through swing. The Momentus Putting Arc is a training aid that simulates this path. Simply place the heel of your putter against the vertical portion of the track. As you make your stroke, allow the heel to stay in contact with the Putting Arc. The putter head will swing a little inside, then down the line on the through stroke. The ultimate goal of stroking a putt is to return the putter square to your target line and the shaft back to 90 degrees at the moment of impact. This drill creates a controlled practice environment that helps you get in the same position every time. It trains both the stroke and your eyes. You can hit putts with it from all angles and various distances, but we recommend starting your practice session from about 6 feet and then move back. With this device, you can instantly register the feel of a perfect strike, and feed- back is critical to improving any motor skill.

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