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May 22 2012

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Tip from Travis: Follow Dufner's putting

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Jason Dufner needed only 28 putts in the final round to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday.
If facial expressions is all we had to determine the outcome of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, then Jason Dufner would’ve had us all fooled. Perhaps the greatest poker game face in golf, Dufner held tight most the day until dropping the hammer on the 72nd hole to win his second PGA TOUR event this year. There’s a lot to like about Dufner’s game, but what impresses me the most is how well he rolls the rock. Dufner has an oversized grip on his putter – much like the one K.J. Choi used to win THE PLAYERS last year. I’ve always been a fan of the oversized grip because it can help so many players who struggle with keeping their hands quiet through impact. What’s interesting with Dufner’s putting stroke is he seems to create a little hinging motion in the trail wrist during the backswing and then maintains it through impact. Although minimal, Dufner uses this hinge in the trail wrist along with the size and design of the grip to help build up his lead hand through impact. TRAVIS' TIP One of the most common errors at impact in putting is for the trail hand to flip causing the lead hand to break down. This action can really disrupt the relationship of the path of the putter head and the angle of the putter face through impact. If this sounds like you, then you should consider an oversized grip. An oversized grip can help align the forearms with the putter shaft at address, positioning the hands in better alignment to support the weight of the putter head during the stroke. Secondly, try a small hinge during the backstroke, although this is not for everyone, it can help quiet the hands through impact while leading to better starting direction and distance control. Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here.
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