SYSTEMATIC PROCEDURE TO HOLD
The procedure for hold will not vary from the procedure used for hold in the full swing. The only differences will be the criteria that we follow and that will be based on the theory we have discussed earlier in this section.
BJM SYSTEM HOLD
- The standard hold is a reference to having the target hand above the rear hand while holding the grip.
- Holding the shaft of the club in the rear hand just below the grip, shaft horizontal with the clubface vertical. This is referred to as a square clubface, you will find the elbows hanging in-front of your tummy
- fore-arms horizontal to the ground.
- Turn the palm of the target hand to the sky and place the grip of the golf club in the target hand running through the palm just above the little finger and running into the fingers at the pointer finger. Remember not to hinge the target hand either way that is the little finger moving towards the wrist or the thumb moving towards the wrist, this is ulnar and radial deviation and is unwanted in the set up.
- Close the fingers of the target hand first, then the thumb making sure the palm remains pointing to the sky. Allow the pointer finger of the target hand and thumb of the target hand to be directly opposite one another on the grip. Allow the target thumb to rest on the target side of the grip
- Turn the palm of the rear hand towards the sky running the grip of the club through the palm just above the little finger and running into the fingers at the pointer finger, as you did with the target hand.
Slide the rear hand to the target hand until they are touching and again the pointer finger and thumb of the rear hand should directly oppose each other. Allow the rear thumb to rest on the rear side of the grip.
Preparation for EXTENSION of the hands
- Make sure the elbows are resting in-front of the tummy with the forearms horizontal to the ground (90 degree angle between the forearm and bicep part of the arm)
- Maintain the horizontal position in the forearms (90 degree angle between the forearm and bicep part of the arm) and allow the weight of the putter to create some flexion in the hands, in other word you will allow the wrists to bend towards the ground under the weight of the putter (club head will hinge towards the ground) leave the forearms horizontal to the ground while creating this extension for the hands.
- Bow from the waist keeping the elbows in-front of the tummy until the putter head touches the ground.
THE NEW HOLD, can be used with the cross handed style and one hand over laps the other hand style hold and also the claw style of HOLD.
THE NEW PUTTING GRIP, will allow for the easy set up and comfort on the above mentioned HOLD. Again I do believe that putting has been slightly over looked when it comes to custom making clubs that suit the golfer rather than making the golfer suit he equipment. The Grip of the putter plays such an important role. Also consider that the new putting grip, whether one uses it as recommended or not will still reduce the available ability in the joints simply because of it’s design.
SYSTEMATIC PROCEDURE TO STAND
Before we get started on the stand procedure make sure you complete the hold procedure first. Consistency is a product of doing the same thing in the same order and repeating it, so be systematic in the way you go through the set up procedure. Let's continue by following these steps to standing correctly.
- Bow from the waist keeping the elbows in-front of your tummy, remember do not extend your arms, leave the elbows in-front of the tummy, maintain the extension in the hands until the putter head touches the ground.
- Step 30% with the target foot and 70% with the rear foot. This places the ball target side of centre.
- The width of the stance should be slightly wider than the hips. The weight will remain equal between the target and the rear foot 50% each.
Because of the way we hold the putter, which has been designed to limit the available range of mobility in the hands and forearm, this will then encourage the movement of the putter to come from an upper body.
Lets take a look at the movement for the putter.
- Allow the upper half (shoulders) of the body to move as it normally would for any other shot you would hit in golf, the upper body is free to rotate and has been encouraged to do so by the way we hold the club.
- Maintain the stability in the lower half for as long as possible, for longer putts this may not be possible, for longer putts just allow the lower body to move at its comfort. For further advice please see your local PGA professional
- Once the swing has been complete, hold the finish as you would for all swings.
1. Make sure you allow the hands to remain soft and relaxed, especially when you are creating the extension in the hands. The extension in the hands is one very important key element to a successful putting stroke using this system. This extension is one of the 3 main components to successful putting, along with HOLD and STAND. 2. Allow the way you hold the club and the length of the club to allocate the amount off bend in the body. Remember to keep the elbows in-front of your tummy when you bend over