Dave Pelz: Here’s the Fix for Your Perfectly Struck Misses

November 15, 2015
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A perfect strike happens when you hit the ball in the center of the sweet spot with the putterface looking straight at — and moving smoothly along — the desired starting line. It’s hard to miss with this kind of contact: You get a true roll and reliable distance because the square, sweet-spot strike transfers maximum energy to the ball. Sure, you can make putts without perfect contact, but that leaves too much to chance. You deserve better than that.

So here’s a question: Are most of your strikes perfect? Be honest. I’ve been teaching putting for 30 years, and I know that most weekend players’ strikes are less than 100 percent pure. Even worse, you probably can’t even accurately answer the question because it’s very hard to tell if your strike is solid, sickly or somewhere in between.

Folks, you can’t fix something you don’t know is broken. So I made it my goal m any years ago to create a learning aid that any golfer can use to assess the quality of his putting strikes. I came up with [cue the product-pitch intro music…] the O-Ball, the funny-looking spheres in the photos at left. When you align an O-Ball’s two main stripes along your putting line and strike it perfectly, they’ll appear to “roll” continuously toward the target (ball track no. 1 on photo). If you mis-hit the putt by catching it out toward the heel or the toe of your putter, or with the face open or closed to your starting line, the lines will noticeably “wobble” (track no. 3).

In just a few strokes, an O-Ball teaches you a lot more about your strike patterns than a plain white ball can — and it reveals why players like you continue to mis-hit putts. Whether you catch a traditional ball flush or with the worst stroke you’ve ever made, all you ever see is a white ball rolling on the green (track no. 4). Yes, you can judge your putting ability by how many you make or miss, but as I said, you can sink putts even with a shabby stroke. So let’s eliminate your mis-hits and you’ll pour “em in like never before.

I use O-Balls in all of my schools and clinics. By simply rolling them and watching the lines as the balls traverse the green, my students learn the difference between their good and bad strokes. More important, they can instantly register the feel of a perfect strike, and feedback is critical to improving any motor skill.

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I want you to putt a lot better in 2016, so I’m offering a 20 percent discount on a sleeve of three O-Balls, and a 25 percent discount on a dozen—only at pelzgolf.com. The best part? O-Balls use conforming orbs, so once you hone sweet-spot contact, getting the same feel with your ball is a breeze.

Follow Dave Pelz on Twitter @dave_pelz. Dozens of short-game and putting video lessons at GOLF.com/pelz. See a list of upcoming 3- and 2-day schools and 1-day clinics at pelzgolf.com.