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Putting is nearly half of all strokes every round and the putter is used 2-3 times more often than the driver or the wedge. And putting has FOUR skills, not just the stroke as usually taught, and these four skills must be integrated with instinctive touch and stroke timing -- Read, Aim, Stroke, and Touch. Historically, however, golf instruction scarcely concerns itself with putting, and most of the skills for putting have not been understood in terms of how body perceptions and movements cause good or bad performance. A comprehensive survey of golf instruction from 1880 to today reveals only one obscure, privately printed book on how to read putts, and no significant effort to comprehend and teach how touch or aiming actually work in the human brain and body.
Golf instruction is still 95% full-swing only, and the 5% for putting is vague, inconsistent, repetitive, and almost entirely based in pseudo-science of alien expertise ill-applied to putting skills by dilettante enthusiasts without teaching knowledge of the skills, with imagined notions of what helps when science actually proves the claimed benefits are ill-founded and illusory. Numbers and computers and Latinate terminology always impress golfers as scientific, but in golf these claims of science are usually devoid of real science or vastly overblown and in fact not soundly applied to the real skills of the human body in the act of performing putting skills.
Sadly, the current legion of "putting experts" includes: "optometrists", "putter designers", "physicists", "surgeons", "technologists", "fitness trainers," "golf psychs", "caddies", "club reps", "club repair guys", "failed players", "swing gurus", "motor sports academics", and "training aid makers". In general, hardly with any significant exceptions, none of these well-intentioned people have the slightest idea about the skills of putting or how to teach good skills, but instead select one or two aspects of putting and rush headlong into golf as the newest "putting expert" where angels fear to tread. If the person is not seriously involved in teaching all four skills in an integrated manner, he is not a "putting instructor" at all, and the small parts of putting taught in isolation are likely to be unsound and harmful to the overall skills and to longterm performance improvement, even if the player experiences a temporary "honeymoon" benefit.
Finding most of the problems of the skills of putting not addressed in golf history, the PuttingZone for the past 20 years has been researching, studying, and developing solutions -- problem-solving the problems left unsolved. In the PuttingZone, you will find the most comprehensive and lethally effective putting techniques in golf history -- combining the best from golf since the 1800s with advanced physics, anatomy, biomechanics, motor science, and especially the NEW neuroscience of perceptual and movement processes in the brain and body for instinctive reading, aiming, stroking and controlling distance and pace.
For more on the first-ever innovations developed and taught only in the PuttingZone for the four skills, click here to read more. Want the latest? A FREE 45-page PDF on reading putts by reading the slope grade and then knowing the percentage of the putt length to use to aim above the hole -- not perfect, but simple, direct, useful! Email me for a copy email@example.com.
If you want to play to your highest potential, you really have no choice but to learn how putting works. Get into the PuttingZone and work on your SKILLS. You'll find a very warm welcome awaits and lots of improvement in playing and enjoying the great game of golf. You're either in the PuttingZone, or not. Get started here with the best putting instruction in the game:
First LPGA win at the KEB HanaBank Championship, dropping a 15-foot birdie on the first playoff hole! AMY YANG: "I had confidence in my swing and putting. Putting was really going well this week."
Congratulations Jin Jeong!
Jin wins his first professional title in the Perth International, taking a one-hole playoff victory over Ross Fisher with fantastic putting. The win gives Jin full status on the European and Australian PGA Tours. (The highlights video)
From Jin this morning in Perth: "Hi Geoff. It's Jin. Mate I have done it!!! Just won a European tour event! Putting was fantastic. I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you very much."
"I just want to keep working on my short game because I worked on it the week after Virginia and just putted for a week and did chipping. It was nice to see that pay off, you don't always see results immediately." -- Megan
Congratulations U Houston Cougars for winning the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and Cougar Players Kyle Pilgrim and Blair Hamilton taking 1st and 2nd Place!
Congratulations U Washington Women Husky Golfers for winning the Topy Japan-US Cup with an historic 3-day team 840 and 4 Husky Players sharing the top 4 finishes!
Congratulations Injie Chun, KLPGA rookie who just won the 2013 Korean Women's Open with a dramatic come-from-behind streak of four consecutive birdies with great PuttingZone putting -- coached by Won Park, PuttingZone Academy South Korea! View the video.
Congratulations David Orr for a good job helping Justin Rose learn better putting -- David started out as a putting instructor learning the PuttingZone methods about 9 years ago.
Congratulations Deal Hudson for his record winning round to take the Vermont Hickory Golf Open -- scorches the field with great ball striking and great putting!
Welcome Dan Cypher at Damon Lucas' The Institute at Lake Presidential GC, Upper Marlboro MD, as the 160th PuttingZone Coach! Dan is a career US Army Major with lots of service training and experience who brings a new level of expertise to purposeful teaching and learning methods.
Welcome Brian Moore, Twin Lakes Golf Club, Oakland MI, as the 159th PuttingZone Certified Coach! And check out Brian's website www.bmooregolf.com.
Congratulations to the University of Houston Cougars for sweeping the Conference USA title and for UH Roman Robledo's earning the title. Head Coach Jonathan Dismuke and Assistant Coach Chris Hill are both PuttingZone Coaches, and report some great putting this year and in the Conference Championship.
Welcome New PuttingZone Coach Bernard Sheridan, ParBreakers.com Golf Academy, Limerick PA
Welcome Eddie Cox, Director of Golf, Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, Asheboro NC, into the community of certified PuttingZone Coaches!
Everyone who knows Eddie knows he's one of the best teachers of the game around!
Congratulations PZ Coach Curt Sanders on the birth of his first child, Henry!!
Welcome new PuttingZone Coaches Mary Lou Mulflur (L), University of Washington Huskies head coach, and Andrea VanderLende (R), Huskies assistant coach!
The COLOR is PURPLE!
Congrats U Houston Cougar Coaches Jonathan Dismuke and Chris Hill -- both PuttingZone Coaches -- for Team's ranking 4th of 114 teams in Division I for Putting Average, 6th for Putts on GIRs, and 3rd for 3-Putt Avoidance! Extremely strong! Went 3rd-2nd-2nd-1st in the Fall and started this Spring with a 2nd out of the gate!
Welcome Laurent Jockshies, Paris,
as the 154th PuttingZone Coach!
Laurent teaches top amateur and professional players in France and Morocco, with his home course in Paris, and he has top students playing at the highest levels in the US NCAA Division I competition. He is also a specialist in the mental game.
Welcome new PuttingZone Coach Brendan Ryan, El Reno OK and Windemere FL!
Brendan is a veteran college coach and operates the world's top advisory service for college-bound golfers, BMR Golf Management. He also holds multiple graduate degrees and is currently earning his Ph.D. -- certainly a rarity among golf teachers!
Congrats to Chris Como, PuttingZone Coach in Plano / Dallas TX -- listed in Golf Digest as one of the best of the young teachers in the nation!
Welcome three new PuttingZone Coaches at Hawk Pointe GC, Washington NJ, at the Steve Bourbon PuttingZone Academy with Sal Paparone!
Bryan Klinder, Stephan Goracy and Anthony Jankowski
Welcome Matt Jordan, the newest PuttingZone Certified Coach, and the 4th PZ Coach in Lexington KY! Matt is also a Police Officer for the Lexington Police Department, so you know he's one diversified guy with a passion for golf! Interesting!!
Tyrus York on The Golf Channel, "Solid putting week leads Watney to Barclays victory," teaching how setup and rhythm combine for solid putting! Ladling a bit of the PZ lore into TGC! A writer right out of the box ... now that's rare in golf instruction. Tyrus is nominated as the PGA Teacher of the Year in Kentucky! Good job, Tyrus.
Welcome 3 New PZ Coaches Certified in Lexington, Kentucky!
"You son of a gun! What an incredible, well done film. Very, Very Good."
-- Nils Tamber, PGA Instructor & Coach, www.tamber-golf.com
"This video is the most intelligent, educated, and purposeful putting instruction video I have ever had the pleasure to watch! It covers things that instructors don't even know is important to inquire about! PGA professionals and the game of golf will thank you for generations to come for explaining properly what most instructors would not ever even have the foresight to ask about or to teach. Thank you for all you are doing for the game we all love!"
-- Steve Bourbon, PGA Head Pro, Hawke Point GC, Washington NJ.
Get The Reality of Putting video download now, Steve Elkington with Geoff Mangum, the best 45-minute explanation of putting skill in the history of the game, and a cool piece of work! CLICK HERE for all the info.
Take a look at the PuttingZone Videos available on the Medicus website! They're doing a cracking good job of organizing and making it all available.
Click for Contents "The best putting instruction book
in golf history." -- Bob Toski
282-page full color ebook -- only $9.95
Special Offer: Buy the $19.95 PuttingZone Collection download (3.5+ Gigabytes of video, podcasts, images, texts, music, research and more -- 5 CDs full of data -- details here) and receive the ebook Optimal Putting included for FREE.
More PuttingZone Coaches!
Welcome, Martin Stecher, Nienburg Germany, as the 104th PuttingZone Coach!!
Steve Elkington, 1995 PGA Champion
Celebrating birdie on 17th in Round 3 2010 PGA
"Check out the video that Geoff Mangum put up on delivery speed.....I found Geoff on the internet, got him to come to Houston in the off season and help me with my putting......1st time I've ever been in the top 10 in putting on tour in 25 years."-- Elk
The physics of Ball-Hole Interaction determine smart "delivery speed" for touch -- it's not personal.
New Podcast on Reading Putts at GolfSmarter.com -- me and my pal Fred Greene talking greens and surfaces and fall lines and breaks and touch-speed imaginings and greens architecture etc! Lots of food for the golfing soul! Listen free here.
According to Fred: "We usually average about 4,000 downloads per new episode in the first few weeks after the show is published. The first of our 2 episodes of the PuttingZone Green Reading podcast has already generated 66,496 downloads!!!!
Congrats! to Katie Burnett, USC Gamecocks golfer Class of 2012, for winning the LPGA Q-School Stage II by 6 shots! 68-68-66-71 -15! Katie played at USC for Coach Kalen Anderson, a PuttingZone certified teacher, and the Gamecocks won the Regionals last year with Katie and also finished 5th in the NCAA Finals, the team's best-ever finish. Katie also won this year on the Symetra LPGA Tour.
Mike Thurston, Head PGA Professional, Hampton Heights Golf Course, Hickory NC. Certified PuttingZone for over 8 years, played competitive golf starting at age 12, PGA Golf Professional for over 30 years searching for ways to communicate with others the simple ideas that have not changed and have remained the same through the generations and continue to produce easy simple swings that each person can continue to improve because of sound principles. Give Mike a call at HHGC at 828-328-5010 at the Course or 828-308-0373 on his personal cell.
Welcome Ralph Landrum, Dave Peru, Leo Fante, and Myles Mahan as the newest certified PuttingZone Coaches!
Here comes Megan! Stepping out of LSU collegiate golf into the pro ranks -- lowest career stroke average in LSU history by 2 strokes over next best, 7 top-5s in 10 starts in Senior season including 2 wins and 2 runner-up finishes, lowest round in NCAA Championship history in 2010 (64 with 9 birdies and 1 bogey); five career wins ... one great golfer now in the hunt!
Welcome, Ryan Vermeer, the 117th PuttingZone Certified Coach and Player, Oak Hills CC, Omaha NE -- former All-American at KU and Pro player, now playing and teaching with his well-known father Bob Vermeer at Oak Hills.
Welcome Curt Sanders, Atlanta GA, as the 110th PuttingZone Coach and Player!
Congratulations to these PuttingZone-trained players!
2003 PGA Champ
2006 PGA Runner-up
2010 PGA T5
2009 US Amateur Champ
2010 US Amateur Champ
2010 US Amateur 3 of 4 semifinalists
2010 British Amateur Champ
2010 British Open T14 as amateur
World Amateur Ranking 1-3 sweep
NCAA Men's Div-I #1 Player
NCAA Women's Div-I #1 Player ...
Get in the PuttingZone!
Congrats to Megan McChrystal at LSU for medalist honors in the NCAA Div I Central Regional at Notre Dame!
Three NEW free downloads:
Eight on Your Plate -- a collection of eight seminal science studies affecting putting skills that you might like to review.
PZ Brain Science -- a select compilation of 57! YouTube video lectures from the world's top neuroscientists as a quick way for golfers to get a serious introduction to the 21st century about the brain and the body that has simply left psychology, sports psychs, motor learning experts and golf teachers way, way behind. It's a new world for golf ... don't sit out the party!