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Hi Dirters,

I'm launching an online educational training curriculum for putting instruction that is in the beta testing phase, so if you're interested in attending a live online seminar of PuttingZone teachings at no charge / free, just send me email at geoff@puttingzone.com with "SITD" in the subject line. The first seminar will probably be within a few days.

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Elkington Putts Lights Out

In his second round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, Steve Elkington putted LIGHTS OUT!! What a round with the flatstick!

While his score of 3-under with five birdies and 2 bogeys was darn good, it was really about how much his putting got out of his ballstriking that day.

Here are the putts for each hole:

Hole Par Yds GIR? Putt Distance(s) Totals

1pbi=1-putt birdie (5)
2pp=2-putt par (7)
1pudp=1-putt up and down par (4)
2pudbo=2-putt up and down bogey (2)

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Four players in the field of 128 at the 2010 US Amateur at Chambers Bay have training in PuttingZone putting skills. Three advanced to the field of 64 for match play. After four matches each, all three have reached the final four. These players include the defending 2009 US Amateur champion and the World Amateur ranked numbers 2 and 3 players. The player who unfortunately missed the matches is the current British Amateur champion and the number 1 World Amateur ranked player. THIS I COULD GET USED TO!

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If you fix the lead / left hip at the start of the backstroke, anchoring it for a reference of how to return square, and the grip makes the putter face aim depend solely upon whether the shoulders' return to parallel / square alignment at impact, then returning the shoulders to square for impact is easy since the lead hip anchor brings them back to the original position at address. This means you can BUST putts straight and square and solid without thought or care at all. Just a firmed up grip and nothing else moving -- no hands, just a shoulders / arms backstroke of any sort that does not go crazy to the inside and don't worry a stitch -- just return / rubberband back to the anchored lead hip and let the "putter face aims wherever shoulders align parallel" do its thing. Turn with the lead hip anchored, re-turn, and that's straight and square and solid without further ado.

It helps if the follow-thru is determined by the shoulders returning to address alignment but not continuing past that, so the thru-stroke feels like a braking of the shoulders returning to square once done that casts the arms and hands and putter head vertically rising down the line without the shadow of any push. So as long as the putter face is firmly gripped so the aim of the face matches / parallels the shoulder alignment, you can actually "go for a push feeling thru impact" but there won't be any at all -- the anchored hip prevents it. So full speed ahead thru impact is okay if you want -- nothing but down the line strokes and rolls. Then settle down to touch but keep the anchored-hip dynamic.

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The reigning US Amateur, An Byeong-hun, is coached by PuttingZone Academy Coach Tim Sheredy of Sarasota FL and the British Amateur Champ Jin Jeong is a student of mine. Jin holds the #1 World Amateur Rank and Ben An holds T-11 along with another student of mine.

Rockin!

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