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Tips from the tour: "The importance of keeping your head still!"
by Carly Cummins
September 17, 2012

Inside the ropes at Royal Liverpool...

What I learned from watching World Number One Ai Miyazato practice putting

We've all heard the saying "don't look up on your putts", in fact for many golfers it is one of the first fundamentals they are taught on the putting green. But while up in Royal Liverpool watching the world's top women compete in the Ricoh Women's British Open last week, I realised that even at the highest level of the game this simple fundamental is so important.

Take the current World Number One Yani Tseng for example. I watched her practise putting for half an hour, and the only thing she was working on was keeping her head still. She was using her caddy as a marker for her head movement. By placing his hand alongside her golf hat at address she was conscious of how to keep the head still. His hand then stayed in place while she rocked the putter back and struck the ball, and only once the ball had been struck did he move his hand away.

Try it for yourself with a friend on the putting green. You'll be amazed at what a difference this simple fundamental can make. After all, if the head moves then your entire upper body moves, and that means keeping the putter on track is virtually impossible.

Remember, even the best players in the world have to work on their fundamentals, so you should too!








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