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Nice to see someone teaching skills that actually relate to our natural
talents as human beings. This is how nature, plus all the great golfers
from bygone eras, would teach a human being to chip and putt. These days
the gurus have decided that our greatest gift (our ability to feel and use
our hands) is no use in golf. Modern “experts” tell us that we can’t trust
our natural feel, and that we must lock our wrists and rock our shoulders.
They’ve got it wrong (they’ve got a lot of things wrong!). JH has it right.
Common sense and faith in our natural human abilities trump high-speed
photo analysis and bio-mechanics almost every time.
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+Terry Jenkins Hi Terry,
I just think that because we have so much programming as humans in using
our hands with dextrous type requirements it just seems crazy to try and
eliminate that programming when it is so ingrained.
The movie camera and video camera has definitely conspired to go ‘against’
the body’s natural motion and dexterity capabilities , I think in the area
of putting ‘true’ feel is the most important thing , its no good having a
simulated robotic putting action if you are fighting the brains natural
How many times have we all just walked up to a putt on the practice putting
green and just flicked a ball at a hole with the head of the putter with no
regard for a specific applied technique and watched as it just rolled so
perfectly to the hole.
OK fixed Fulcrum is a ‘specific’ setting of the hands in a ‘position and
keeping them there… but the ‘hinging’ of the wrists is a ‘natural’
process, so I think if you can combine the ‘natural’ process of the hand
action with and keep them in a fixed place you will have the ‘feel’ plus
the ‘accuracy’ , and all the great old time putters did just that, Bobby
Jones was the most obvious., and of course Boibby Locke, and as I mentioned
in the video ..Billy Casper.
+1atomicgolf Hi JH. I just watched this today and can’t wait to try it out!
I was wondering if this method would make the ball hop when used in
putting? I kind of stumbled onto this method a few years ago when I got the
chipping yips but went away from it when my buddies told me that I would
never have a great short game using that method. Anyway, I’m really
enjoying your channel and am using it to convert to the Moe Norman swing.
I’m still in consistent with it because I’m sure that my old swing keeps
sneaking in there. The “normal” swing was killing my body (especially my
left hip) because of the violent opening of the hips, not to mention the
toll on my back. Again JH, thank you so much for what you do. By the way,
do you still live in Australia?
Ben Hogan used a fixed fulcrum (right upper arm fixed to his side/hip) for
his chipping and flexed his wrists in the backswing, but on the follow
through he used a pivot action (Count Yogi gave lessons to Hogan). I think
Jack Nicklaus had a very wristy putting action with a fixed fulcrum too.
Unsure how we could utilise this for longer chips , say 5 yards off the
green to a flag maybe 20 yards away without swinging the arms or using a
bit of pivot rotation.
+P SMITH Hi Keith,
Jack had what I term a horizontal ‘Locomotive Wheel Drive Lever Action’…
Jacks right forearm was used as a ‘horizontal piston’… he just pushed his
bent right wrist against his his very firm flat left wrist by way of the
laterally moving right forearm, he did let his lead wrist move laterally
The longer shots are simply achieved by using clubs with more ‘power’ …
instead of using a pitching wedge/sand iron for the small distance shots
you simply move up to maybe a 9 iron or 8 iron. most chip shots from around
the green sides do not require the ball to be lofted into the air to get
over something, so bearing that in mind you just take the more powerful
club , it matters not that the trajectory is lower because the shot is
usually required to ‘run’ anyway.
+1atomicgolf Cheers JH – Been practicing and found I can do all sorts of
little variations using the fixed fulcrum method (even little delicate flop
shots). Its the preciseness of the action which I think is superior
although I still get the urge to move those arms after a lifetime of
conventional instruction. I found that I can get more freedom and
non-manipulated ‘flippiness’ in the wrists if my grip is split and very
weak . By gripping using the 2nd knuckles of the fingers frees up my wrist
action and I can generate a lot more momentum. I’m learning a lot more from
your videos than any other golf teacher.
Hi JH – Just wondering whether fixed fulcrum method breaks the new
anchoring law (Rule 14.1 Note 2)? I suspect not , because we are anchoring
the upper arm/elbow and not the forearm.
+P SMITH Hi Keith,
If you look at the ‘allowable’ and ‘non allowable picture depictions of the
rule there is a clear ‘OK’ for any stroke where elbows are anchored to the
body, you cannot however press your hands against your thigh and use that
as an anchoring point.
The rule is frankly is just ludicrous anyway, for The USGA R/A to propose
that Matt Kuchars pressing into his lead forearm the handle/shaft of the
putter does not constitute anchoring the putter against a ‘part’ of the
body …if the forearm is not a ‘part’ of the body what is it.. and if
‘pressing’ against the forearm is not ‘anchoring’ what is it….
The other ludicrous acceptable method shows a picture of a player grasping
the putter handle with his trail hand and closing that hand around the lead
forearm, totally locking the putter against the forearm, absolutely and
categorically that procedure cannot be excluded from the definition of
‘anchoring’…by any stretch of logical imagination.
+1atomicgolf Hi Keith,
Just as an aside, the USGA R/A have suggested by making this new rule that
Billy Casper putted with a technique that gave him an advantage over his
competition, and in their eyes his putting stroke was outside and not in
the tradition of the compliance interests of the game , all of his huge
number of tournament wins were won with a ‘shonky’ putting technique.
What a joke that is, but clearly if you look at the R/A pictures of ‘non
allowable’ putting techniques Billy’s anchoring of his left hand to his
left thigh is clearly depicted as ‘non allowable’, he wouldn’t be allowed
to putt as he did back then today ,.
I think its amazing that no one who has ever ‘played’ the game has ever
thought Billy’s putting technique was not in the intended tradition of the
game, but that some people who are supposed to be the epitome of rules
application fairness do, I think its a clear slight on Billy’s incredible
record as a player and gentleman.