Putting Stick helps Van Pelt improve putting

The Putting Stick

Some of the game’s top teachers have discovered that the new model of the Putting Stick®, available from Minnesota-based TPK Golf (www.tpkgolf.com), can help golfers of all levels to improve their putting with less mechanics and short accelerated strokes.

The United States Golf Schools (www.ussog) and the Professional Golf Teachers and Coaches of America (www.teachgolf.com) have officially endorsed the Putting Stick® as one of its short game training aids.

Mitchell Crum, Director of Instructors of the USGS in Murrels Inlet, S.C. and President of the PGTCA, is a believer in the merits of the Putting Stick® and indicated he has been using it in coaching Bo Van Pelt, who went from 144th to 9th in total putting and from 146th to 11th in strokes gained by putting on the PGA Tour in 2012. In addition, Van Pelt was only one of six touring pros who did not miss from inside three feet in 2012 and he had more chances than the other five.

Crum and other teachers find the Putting Stick® is just as helpful for students at the U.S. Golf Schools–located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin plus Canada.

“By utilizing the Putting Stick®, we can gain precise feedback about a student’s putting stroke,” Crum indicated. “Lack of feedback is the chief reason golfers do not improve putting even with practice, especially incorrect practice.

“Most importantly, it teaches the student to learn without the thought of mechanics.

“The Putting Stick shows the accuracy of a square blade at impact since the ball will roll off the stick if not struck correctly.

“The attached alignment mirror allows golfers to monitor if their eye alignment and setup are correct throughout the practice sessions.

“If golfers spend 10 to 15 minutes a day of proper practice with square-to-square or inside-to-square-to-inside strokes on the Putting Stick®, it will change their life on the greens.”

The Putting Stick® is manufactured from the finest quality materials to exacting standards and is 46 inches long, an inch wide and 3/8 inch deep, looking like a ruler. It can be used inside or outdoors and comes with a leveling bubble to ensure that the surface is flat.

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