8/3/2020…Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book Tips!
The Dreaded Four-Footer…Approach a short putt by walking from behind and lining it up. Spend as much time as you would on a ten-footer. Then stroke the ball where you decide in breaks. Don’t try to steer in through the break. Use the same system (Putting), and believe in what you are doing. Concentrate on the line. Don’t peek at it. Don’t worry about distance; just stroke the ball on the line.
7/27/2020…Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book Tips!
Putting…Always keep the hands even with or ahead of the putter on the follow-through. Read your line from behind the ball. Take your stance, glance at the hole and the putter blade to see that it’s square to your line. Take two or three practice strokes, concentrating to judge distance. The set the blade behind the ball and imitate your last practice stroke. This system helps keep your mind on the stroke, not the importance of the putt. Putts should die in the hole. A cup is only one inch wide for a putt hit too hard…four inched for one that dies at the hole. Your stroke should be the same length back and through.
7/20/2020…Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book Tips!
Chipping…Always keep your hands ahead of or even with the clubhead on the follow-through. All the way through. Grip down close to the steel/graphite. Keep the club near your body. Move your weight more to the front foot. Use the straightest-faced club that will carry the ball onto the green soonest and start it rolling to the cup. Off downhill or tight lies, into the wind or with a fast green, always chip rather than pitch the ball. High handicappers should putt from off the green whenever feasible…helps with distance control.
7/13/2020…Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book Tips!
Knock Strokes Off Your Game…If you improve your short game, you will lower your scores in bunches of strokes. Half your shots are struck within 60 yards of the flagstick, so your practice time should reflect that. The secret to shooting low scores is the ability to turn three shots into two.