By Travis Fulton, Director of Instruction, PGA TOUR Academy
All I want for Christmas is a putting stroke like Brandt Snedeker. In fact, go ahead and throw in his overall approach to putting under the tree as well. It was this approach that propelled Snedeker to the 2012 TOUR Championship and FedExCup title.
What I like about Snedeker’s approach to putting is just how committed and streamlined everything is. Most of the time, Snedeker looks as if he is just playing a casual round of golf with his buddies, with no stress or expectation levels. He just steps up to the putt, aims the face, gets comfortable with the body, takes a look and then lets it go. It seems so simple, but for those of us that have played this game competitively, we know this can be very difficult to do.
To get to this level, you have to work on your approach and overall routine. Go to the practice green and play 18 holes, with every hole as a par 2. Play this course over and over, with a goal of establishing a personal best. Learn from these rounds and establish an approach to putting that you can rely on.
In addition to Snedeker’s approach to putting, his stroke is also a big component. At the TOUR Academies, we get a lot of questions about Snedeker’s putting stroke because it is not the long, fluid stroke that we have been accustomed to over the years from great putters. Rather, Brandt’s stroke is like his routine: It's short and quick -- but very effective.
Regardless the type of stroke, one of the things that make Snedeker such a good putter is his ability to align the face to the intended target at impact. When you can do this, then you can hit the putt solid and start the ball on-line.
So as we wrap up year No. 4 of my blog on PGATOUR.COM, I challenge all of you to take a page out of Brandt Snedeker’s approach to the game and work on your putting this offseason.
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.