Golf – Putting

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    PGA instructor Cary Ferrell breaks down your short game, and demonstrates the basics of putting.

    Cary Ferrell

    Cary began playing golf in Minnesota over 40 years ago. Soon after, he moved with his family to Rockville, Maryland. He was a member of the Richard Montgomery High School golf team lettering all 3 years and as captain of the team during his senior year. In 1970, he enrolled at the University of Maryland at College Park playing on the golf team for two years. In 1972, he turned professional and landed his first apprentice position under Head PGA Golf Professional, Clarence Doser at the former Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He then moved to Falls Road Golf Course in Potomac, Maryland as Teaching Professional under the direction of Head PGA Golf Professional, Chuck Walker. In 1978, Cary completed his membership requirements for Class “A” Membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. In 1982, he accepted the position of Head PGA Golf Professional/Manager at Poolesville Golf Course in Poolesville, Maryland where he remained for 23 seasons. During his tenure, he continued his passion for teaching and mentoring juniors. In addition to developing golfers of all skill levels, a number of former assistant professionals have gone on to become Head PGA Golf Professionals at their own facilities. He retired from the Poolesville Golf Course on December 31, 2004. Cary has been with the Chuck Will Golf Academy since March 2005. He feels that golf is a sport for a lifetime which teaches youngsters many life lessons. There are numerous ways this can be achieved. The Chuck Will Golf Academy has given him all the necessary tools to enrich, enhance and improve everyone’s game of golf. In addition to his teaching duties, Cary finds time to be an advisor and mentor to the Loudoun County Junior Golf Association. Cary has three adult children, one of which is a Head PGA Golf Professional in the Chicago area. As you can see, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

    Cary Ferrell: Hi! My name is Cary Ferrell, I am one of the PGA instructors at the Dulles Golf Center, the Chuck Will Golf Academy in Dulles, Virginia. I am a PGA life member; I have been teaching golf for 30 years.

    Today, I am going to work on the Short Game, the first thing we are going to do is Putting.

    Putting is basically a shoulder and arm, no wrists, like a pendulum. The triangle that my shoulders and arm creates is part of the mini-golf swing, and as we get longer and longer shots, youll still see that triangle working. Youre dress position or your starting position, you want to have parallel lines, your feet, your shoulders, your hips and your target line.

    The grip is very individual, there are a lot of different grips, you can use any kind of grip that you want, something where your wrists dont break down. Left wrist stays firm, right wrist stays firm - shoulders and arms, no wrists, just like a pendulum.

    Keep your head as still as you can; try to have your eyes directly over the ball. If you dropped a masons plum over the ball, your eyes would be right there. You can have your arms straight, you can have your arms bent, you can have your knees straight, you can have your knees bent; whatever feels comfortable.

    Some basic grips - The double reverse overlap, little finger of your right-hand between the second and third of your left, index finger of your left-hand down across the outside of your right-hand, both thumbs down the middle.

    Regular overlap - Interlocking, Ten-finger, the Claw or the Saw, left-hand-low or cross-handed, many different kinds of grips.

    Again, you dont want to let the left wrist break down - you dont want that. Shoulders and arms, no wrist, pendulum, keep the track moving - and thats basically Putting.