A blustery day at Abacoa Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida on the Minor League Tour was highlighted by my 23 total putts on blazing-fast greens. My ball striking has been rock solid for the past month, but recently, my swing has started getting out of sync. That was evident today as I needed the best putting performance of the year to manage -1, 71 to tie for 5th at the Minor League Tour’s March Abacoa Shootout.
The Minor League Tour is a South Florida-based professional mini-tour hosting one and two day competitive events. I made 6 birdies and an eagle today through some magically deft touch on the greens. I came down the par 5, 17th hole within two strokes of the leader. After a perfect drive on the water-lined 550 yard par 5, I came up just short on my second shot while going for the water surrounded, peninsula green. My heart sank with the ball. I rallied to birdie the last to finish two shots behind the winner.
The spectacular putting was the result of a minor change in my setup. I’ve raised my hands as high as possible and pushed them forward slightly. This allows me to feel like my wrists are locked and my hands are not involved in the stroke. From that point, I simply keep my head as still as possible until my stroke is completed and I hit very solid putts. This feels simple and allows me to be confident that I will put a great roll on the ball.
Now to find a similar simple key for my full swing.
(On a side note, I tied with fellow New Englander Brad Adamonis. Brad lost in a playoff to Kenny Perry a few years ago on the PGA Tour and has been a regular on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour in the past four years. The Adamonis family was instrumental in helping me get the competitive experience I needed to excel as a junior golfer and Brad’s brother Dave continues to do this for many New England golfers.