Jack Nicklaus Golf Tip: ‘Unweight’ Your Putter for Smooth Takeaway

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Illustration by Jim McQueen

The scientists tell us a putted ball always skids a little bit before it starts rolling. Be that as it may, I putt best when I have the feeling I’m starting the ball rolling end over end the moment it leaves the putterface.

To obtain that feeling, I have to swing the putter back close to the ground. In trying to do that, though, there’s often a fear of stubbing the blade. The solution for me lies in a mental image and physical sense of “unweighting” the putter just before I start it back by raising its head just barely off the ground.

In addition to promoting a low-to-the-ground stroke, this little move helps me keep my body still and makes it easier to start the club back smoothly.

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