Cinching the Putt: Get More Active to Feel the Stroke

Cinching the Putt: Get More Active to Feel the Stroke

There is just something about putting that makes some golfers wince. They could be playing a great game up until that point when suddenly they begin to choke when they have to make the clutch putt. They might overthink about what they have to do to make the shot, tense up due to the anxiety, and then become frustrated when they miss as they want to start throwing clubs and cursing into the wind. Unfortunately, it isn’t just amateurs that experience problems with clutch putting.

Charles Hoffman Finding His Athletic Nature to Improve His Putting

Former baseball and soccer player Charles Hoffman wanted to improve his putting to get more PGA wins, yet something was missing from his gameplay. Naturally athletic, there was just something wrong that was getting in his way of transferring his athletic capabilities from his soccer and baseball days to his current golf game.

Short game instructor James Sieckmann could see what was happening. It was the mental aspect of making the putt that was actually hampering Hoffman’s swing. As Hoffman stepped up to the ball, he became tentative during the backswing. He didn’t have a feel for what he wanted to do when staring at the hole and wasn’t reacting at the right tempo to sink the ball.

Feel the Stroke and Then React Correctly

James Sieckmann’s goal was to make Hoffman’s swing more active instead of hesitant. He wanted to create the same feeling for every stroke so that Hoffman wasn’t always dwelling on making the right decision when making the clutch putt, which could increase his anxiety on whether he was making the right decision as he would slow down his tempo during the backswing. Instead, it would be more of a natural reaction to him in an effort to build up his confidence by having a steadier tempo.

For Hoffman’s case, his putting improved significantly during 2016 when using this method. When sinking a 10-foot birdie putt during his game in Texas, he was able to earn his PGA Tour win for the fourth time.

Any Player Can Cinch the Clutch Putt with Practice

Sieckmann’s teachings can help anyone who find themselves second guessing themselves when putting. All it requires is getting out to the practice green. Instead of focusing your attention on the ball and the swing, look at the hole. Practice your putting technique while also making regular strokes until you find the right tempo based on the distance of where you make the shot.

Through this repetition, you will react better when facing the same scenario out on the golf course. Instead of letting indecision hamper your mind, you will be more active when making the backswing and have a better tempo to make the clutch putt.

Golfers Pay Tribute By Wearing Purple in Honor of A Passing Prince

Golfers Pay Tribute By Wearing Purple in Honor of A Passing Prince

The recent passing of Prince had an impact on people all across the world. Some people mourned yet another musical artist leaving this world as they spent the time listening to the music they grew up with as teenagers. Other people took to the streets and danced, knowing that Prince wouldn’t want them to cry over his passing but to celebrate the life that he led. Many businesses also paid their own brand of tribute by showing a marathon of Prince music videos, featuring television specials, and playing the 1984 movie “Purple Rain” at movie theaters.

Golfers Paying Tribute to Prince

Whether you listened to his music for two days straight, partied like it is still 1999 or even got yourself a tattoo, people everywhere have their own way in remembering the passing of Prince. Even golf professionals took to the course in their own special way.

Golf Digest’s editor and writer David Owen took to the course with the Sunday Morning Group all decked out in purple in memory of Prince on April 25th. Wearing purple shirts and hats (in the picture you can even spot a few golfers wearing purple socks), they listened to the song “Little Red Corvette” in the background.

While the passing of a song legend can cause people to go through grief, paying tribute by listening to the music that inspired millions of people around the world is an awesome way to remembering a musical legend. These golfers chose to pay memory while out on the golf course, enjoying life and celebrating all that Prince has done during his short life on this earth.

Remembering Prince Your Own Way

Perhaps you are inspired to place on the earphones, play your favorite Prince song, and hit the golf course. You could get in some walking golf while treading along the course and getting yourself psyched up for the next hole with Prince singing his popular songs.

Even if you don’t like his music, there are many other ways where you can celebrate his passing while doing something good for your community. Besides being a musician, Prince was also a humanitarian who never bragged about his charity work. He played charity events and donated money to charities to help disadvantaged youth and young adults. He helped young musical and dance talents with their careers and encouraged low-income young adults to get into technology careers. You can do the same by helping people throughout your own community.

So pay memory to the passing of Prince by wearing purple, playing golf, listening to his music, or donating to charity. There are many ways to remember this songwriter, musician, and humanitarian. Select the best way that you want to pay tribute.

You Never Know Who Will Be Your Caddie

You Never Know Who Will be Your Caddie

It can be a bummer to head out to the golf course and not have your caddie by your side, especially when you are playing tournament level golf. Caddies are much more than just bag carriers. They are the golfer’s assistant when they need a wide range of help such as reading putts, cleaning clubs, raking and calculating yardage, among other things. Having a caddy by your side can definitely be an asset, one that we don’t think about when your favorite caddy isn’t available.

Never Know Who Will Volunteer as Your Caddie

Recently at the El Bosque Mexican Championship, pro Wesley Bryan found himself bereft without his caddy. The usual looper role was reserved for his brother George. Yet Bryan’s brother couldn’t be there to help as George was trying to qualify for the next event of this tour. So Bryan did what many of us do when stuck in a situation and needing some emotional support. He took to Twitter to talk about his woes. Then Bryan took it a step farther.

As a fun idea, he asked his followers to retweet on whether they would like to see Chad Coleman as his caddy at the Championship. Chad Coleman is the social media manager for Callaway Golf. Nobody expected to him to agree as the two struck a deal that if the Twitter post reached 100 retweets, Coleman would pack his bags and head out to the course. The retweets came pouring in and, after getting the clearance from Coleman’s boss, he officially became Wesley Bryan’s caddy.

One of a Kind Experience

As great friends when not on the course, they took their friendship to the next level as Coleman and Bryan had a great time during the competition. While Bryan didn’t expect Coleman to do all the traditionally things that caddies do, he did call upon his friend to calculate yardage and read putts on occasion, sometimes to laughable results. One time, Coleman was off by his calculations by 100 yards.

Yet both men said it was a wonderful experience, and Coleman learned enough while out on the course to become confident in the role. At the end, Bryan shot 71-67, as he won by four shots. His win over the weekend became his second for the Tour season and he already has his PGA Tour card to move on to the next session.

Caddying in Coleman’s Future?

Of course, with both men being avid social media buffs, the events of the championship were documented for their followers on Instagram and Twitter. When asked if he would leave Calloway to pursue this new avenue as a golf caddy, Coleman was quick to decline. After being sore from all the walking, he was happy to have a great story to share with the grandkids in the years to come.