There are a number of important elements in the art of putting but none are more important than rhythm. In this video I put Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, two of the best putters known to man, side-by-side as they each hit about a 10 foot putt. Their strokes are quite similar, especially in the rhythm category. Watching them hit putts over and over is a great way to incorporate that smooth movement that produces such a nice roll on the ball every time. It is also interesting to note that theirs are definitely arm and shoulder strokes, as is evidenced by the separation of the left elbow from the side of the body in the follow-through.
I also take a look at the completely rhythm of Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, who move their putters back and forth at a much faster pace. On the metronome they would clock in somewhere between 90 and 100 bpm (beats per minute), while Tiger and Stricker would be in the 80-85 range. Contrast that with Loren Roberts’ 60-65 bpm and you have just about the full range of speeds. Just goes to show you that putting is no different from swinging: great players find their own way to do it.
One other interesting item here is the stroke of Jason Day. While he employs a beautiful arcing stroke, I show, with the use of the V1 toggle, that he shifts his weight to his heels and moves his head backwards as he strokes the putt, pulling the backswing under his original plane. I’m pretty sure that if he saw that he would immediately fix the problem by finding a spot on his feet to concentrate his weight, and then trying to stay aware of remaining solidly there during the stroke.