May 26, 2018
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Putting: These golf tips will help you slice shots off your score

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Editor’s note: Final of a three-part series.

BANGOR, Maine — As spring creeps into the Pine Tree State, golfers have started to get their clubs out and head to the courses across the state to get some fresh air and hit the little white ball after the seemingly endless winter.

Golf pros will be busy giving lessons as golfers try to improve their games to make their experience that much more enjoyable.

Rob Jarvis, the assistant pro at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course, has offered a number of useful tips designed to shave strokes off scores and enhance the golf outing.

The first tips dealt with stance and driving while the second part gave tips on chipping.

The final installment is on putting.

Putting: Jarvis said putting is the most under-practiced stroke on the course.

Again he stressed a “relaxed grip,” although he noted that you do need to put a little bit of pressure on the putter.

He said you need a “very still body” and head.

“You need to feel like you aren’t using your hands. You want to feel like you’re using both of your arms in a triangle, like a pendulum. Just think about being nice and relaxed and free-flowing. You make the stroke and let the ball get in the way of the putter head and get propelled forward. And you want to hit it on your intended target line.”



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