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Drill It and Kill It: The Natural Touch

The following drill was provided to PutterZone.com by Pat O’Brien, putting instructor to 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson and other PGA Tour players. This drill reflects Pat’s emphasis on keeping things natural to achieve the ideal setup. Many of us tend to think too hard when it comes to putting, and the next thing we know, we’re in some sort of contortionist pose as we try to remember everything we’ve read in the golf magazines about grip, stroke, eye position, posture and aim. Well, next time you’re on the green, take a page from Pat O’Brien and keep it natural. Here’s what he says:

“Putting is a simple motion made complicated by a poor setup. As soon as some people put a putter in their hands, they go into a crouched position, and they get weird angles in their arms. The solution is to just be more natural. Stand up tall, bend a little bit from your waist and let your arms hang. Now, put your hands together and get a good sense of what that feels like. Your arms swing freely, and your forearms rotate naturally. It’s really that simple. Just stand up nice and tall, and free your arms, and let the putter swing.”

Click here to read our recent exclusive interview with Pat O’Brien.

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Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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