The Secret Behind Consistent Putting Stroke

One of the most important aspects of being a great putter is the consistency and repeatability of your stroke. Inconsistent wrist motion during the putting stroke leads to poor direction and distance control. Take a look in the picture above how the wrists are staying consistent throughout the stroke!

Pros limit the range of wrist movement

The large database of recorded putting strokes by HackMotion clearly show that Tour players are limiting the range of wrist motion during putting stroke and they are very consistent at repeating it. Amateurs on the other hand typically move their lead wrist joint a lot and have a lot of variation between any two putting strokes. This leads to inconsistency.

This trend is obvious once you start using HackMotion wrist sensor. The sensor measures all aspects of wrist motion during a putting stroke – flexion/extension (bowing/cupping), radial/ulnar deviation (hinging/unhinging), global rotation and tempo.

Please note that HackMotion Player users in putting mode can access extension/flexion and ulnar/radial deviation data and graphs, but global rotation data is available only for HackMotion Pro users.

Take a look at the two graphs below to see how HackMotion data looks like for putting strokes. The image on the left shows a poor putting stroke. Notice the amplitude and spread of the lines. The green line represents flexion/extension (bowing/cupping) which changes by 15 degrees. That’s a lot. On the image on the right we see a Tour player’s putting stroke where address and impact readings are almost identical indicating that the wrist joint is very steady.

Typical Amateur data – large wrist angle changes during the putting stroke. Extension increases from 27 degrees at address to 42 degrees at impact.

Tour Player data – minor changes in wrist angles during the putting stroke. Easy to repeat identical motion consistently.

Easy way of improving putting stroke

The easiest way to improve the putting stroke is to use the HackMotion’s biofeedback feature. It is specifically designed to teach the feeling of the wrist during the putting stroke. Instead of physically limiting the movement of the wrist, the biofeedback plays a sound thus letting to know when the player is getting out of the suggested range of the movement. HackMotion’s collected data shows that by using biofeedback players are able to significantly improve even after a short lesson.

To use the biofeedback follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 01:

Do a few putting strokes to measure the wrist movement and assess the current range of motion. 

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Step 02:

Set the biofeedback range for wrists based on your data. For example – regarding flexion/extension (bowing/cupping) based on tour player narrow the range of motion to +/- 2 degrees from your address position.

Test the biofeedback and get used to it. Move your wrist around so that you can get comfortable with the audio feedback.

Step 03:

Practice making putts with the real-time biofeedback on and you will notice instant improvement in controlling the clubface movement.

All of our information is based on carefully analyzed pro player data, developed together with leading golf instructors.

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Example of BEFORE and AFTER

Below you can see a player working with HackMotion biofeedback for putting and his wrist data.

BEFORE – increasing wrist extension during putting stroke, hard to consistently control direction and speed.

AFTER – wrist extension changes much less, leading to improved putting stroke consistency.

Data BEFORE: the player was changing his wrist extension by 13 degrees (address 26 deg., impact 39 deg.) which made distance and direction control very hard.

Data AFTER: wrists are moving much less, now only 3 degrees (address 28 deg., impact 31 deg.). Less wrist angle change makes it easier to repeat the motion consistently.

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