Leaving 17 of my 18 approach shots below the hole didn't hurt — I had 17 uphill putts, which are the easiest to make.
Even so, my stroke was on fire. Back then, I putted like I hit full shots: I'd make a slow backstroke, pause, and then accelerate through impact. Some guys putt "one, two. I set up like Jack Nicklaus, by bending over more so my eyes were in a good spot and setting my right forearm almost perpendicular to the shaft. I knew I was in the right setup when I could see wrinkles form on the back of my right wrist. Then I'd use my right elbow as a battering ram, pushing the putter straight at the target.
To me, this is the most reliable way to start the ball on line, especially when you're under serious pressure. And I never let up. The first hole at Oakmont Country Club is without a doubt the most difficult opening tee shot in the world. It's straight, but there's only a ribbon of fairway, with gnarly fescue and deep bunkers on both sides.
The long approach shot on No. Still, I piped my drive dead straight and hit a 5-iron that barely moved three inches off-line to three feet from the cup. That first hole gave me confidence, and when I followed that birdie with three more in a row, I was off and running and didn't let up. I was hitting the ball straight, so I didn't think about curving it.
I stuck with what was working. As the old saying goes, "I went with the swing the day gave me. The lesson here for everyday players is to welcome success. When you're playing well, don't hold back. Try to get it close. Lay up off the tee only if you have to.
So often golf is about managing mis-hits and bad swing thoughts, or struggling to shoot your index. Well, when the time comes and you're firing on all cylinders, take full advantage. Because you never know when it will happen again. Receive insider analysis, swing tips, equipment news, special offers and much more. Save all your swing energy for impact by taking the club back slowly and pausing at the top. Johnny Miller Saturday, May 18, As you hit the midpoint of your downswing, connect your right elbow to your right hip and move the two of them as a single unit all the way to impact and beyond.
Justin Rose swing secrets: Four steps to compress the ball like the world No. Own the tee box! Try these three moves for more yards. So in with the elbow, two or three goes, and then hit; and feel how a right elbow stays tight to the body.
Warmer exercise just to encourage us to stay right really tight — take your glove and place it through the lower part of your bicep muscle and into the side of your elbow turn it to the top. And if I start to get this elbow too high in the back swing, the glove will normally fall out unless the Velcro attaches to the side of your jumper as a lesson for everybody. So the elbow now in, up to the top, and if I let my arm come out, the glove will drop out as my elbow rises. Now the glove should fall out in the follow through.
But as you can see my back swing now, my elbow stays tighter to my body as I rise to the top and it stops me getting too high. So if you got the flying elbow, that glove exercise is great. On contact, the right arm and the left arm are straight again, and the right is pushing the club through impact, continuing through to the follow-through and providing the power generated by the momentum of the swing. Any sudden movements by the right arm at the point of contact can meet with disastrous results.
To underline the importance of the right arm in power process of the swing, you might notice that if you swing incorrectly and make bad contact, you get a sharp stinging sensation from the club to your hands, with most if not all of the pain in the right hand. The right arm continues to push the club through the follow-through until it rests the club safely on the left shoulder. At the end of the follow-through, the right elbow is pointing straight down to where the ball was, and the right hand is at the base of your neck.
Root III began writing professionally in The right elbow transitions from hinge to lead during the swing. Addressing the Ball When you assume your stance and are addressing the ball, your right arm is fully extended along with your left arm to hold the club in place behind the ball.
Backswing Your right arm acts as a hinge on the backswing. Downswing When the club reaches a parallel position over the golfer's head at the top of the backswing, it is time for the right arm to be the power arm and the left to be the hinge. Contact On contact, the right arm and the left arm are straight again, and the right is pushing the club through impact, continuing through to the follow-through and providing the power generated by the momentum of the swing.