TPItv – August 6, 2010 Friday Fix
By Joe Hafera
Dr Paul Hurrion of www.QuinticBallRoll.com paid a visit to Titleist Performance Institute to demonstrate Quintic’s Ball Roll software technology. Hurrion analyzed Dave Phillips putter and the two tweaked his posture, distance from the ball and shaft angle at address until they found the right putter, with correct spin profiles and launch conditions, much like the launch monitor software used to fit irons and metals these days…Putting Biomechanics, Tuition
Golf Monthly – October 2010 p86-87
An expert in biomechanics, Dr Paul Hurrion has given putting advice to Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Paul McGinley. Here he offers some very useful tips to use on the practice green, which could easily help you better your scores by a few vital strokes…
1 : Read putts accurately…
Before you even think about working on your stroke you need to make sure that you are setting up on your intended line. This is heavily influenced by whether, at address, what you perceive as a straight putt is actually straight. You can easily test this by finding a flat putt of around six feet. Place a line of balls from just behind the hole in a straight line back to where you intend to putt from (below). Set up to the end ball and line up square to the next ball in the line. Then look to the hole and see if the balls appear straight. For many they will curve one way or the other (right). If this is the case you need to adjust your posture to get your eyes directly over the ball until the line of balls appears straight.
2 : Square the face
One change can have a big influence on your green-reading. When on the putting green check whether your face is pointing at the floor, rather than at an angle with your eyes looking down. If your face is parallel with the ground it will make green-reading much easier. In the top image you can see that my face is at an angle, which makes depth perception much harder to judge. Think of this as if you are holding a book; you would never read at such an angle. Also the posture in the bottom picture is much better for the neck as it puts less pressure on the cervical spine and reduces muscular tension.
To download the full article please click on the following link : Golf Monthly p87-86 Oct10 – Better by SaturdayPutting Biomechanics
Sutton Coldfield’s Elizabeth Mallett (pictured) turned a six-shot deficit into a one-stroke victory with a superb display of sub-par golf in the English girls’ championship at Seacroft, Lincolnshire. The event was sponsored by the sports scholarship consultancy, firstpointusa.com
At the start of the last day’s play, the 16-year-old from Sutton Coldfield Ladies was on level par and six shots behind the halfway leaders, Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn).
Over the next 36 holes Elizabeth had one eagle and 10 birdies – five of them in a row – as she compiled rounds of 70 and 69 to finish the championship on seven-under par.
It proved to be an unbeatable target. Heidi got to seven-under after 12 holes but dropped three shots on the way home. Lauren had birdie chances to get to seven-under – including one on the 18th to force a play-off – but the putts refused to drop and she finished runner-up.
Elizabeth completed her round a couple of holes ahead of her rivals and headed straight for the putting green. “Everyone was jumping around but I told them all to go away, I just wanted to calm down.” She stayed there until the final pair completed their round and the possibility of a play-off had disappeared. When she finally learned she had won she said: “I can’t believe it, it feels amazing.”
Elizabeth, who was the 2009 English U15 champion, came to Seacroft determined to win. She prepared well with three practice rounds, including one with a club member. “Since my exams finished on May 21 I’ve had time to work on my game and I’ve done a lot of practice and I’m swinging it the best ever,” she said.
She was also undeterred when Lauren and Heidi established their six-shot halfway lead. “Six shots is nothing,” she said. “If they make two bogeys and I make two birdies it’s all different.” However, she had no idea how the others were scoring as she played her final round. “I just had the attitude that I would need to birdie the last to get into a play-off. I tried to stay as relaxed as I could and not to push it. I just let it happen.”
Last year, as well as winning the U15 title, Elizabeth was runner-up in the British girls’ championship. “That was the best week ever, but now this has topped it,” she said.
Nottinghamshire’s Alex Peters played her way into third place with two sub-par rounds on the final day. She shot 71, 70 to finish on four-under par and just pipped Heidi Baek on countback. Lancashire’s Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham and St. Annes) was fifth on three-over par while Brogan Townend (Pleasington) shot a final round of two-under 71 to take sixth place.
Congratulations Elizabeth from all at Quintic, keep working on your drills…