Putting Style

Today’s modern hickory golfer has basically adapted the “playing modern golf with wooden shafted clubs” style.  In other words, if you were an onlooker and didn’t know any better, you would see all the same swing techniques the the player would have if he were playing the latest clubs.

One of the areas especially true to that statement is in putting style.  There has been no real adaptation to their stance, it is typically square to the line, upright stance, form a triangle with the arms, and swing pendulum style…modern style!

Adopting an Auld Putting Style for your hickory play is something any auld golfer should think about.

All you have to do is browse through any of the auld books from the masters of the time, and each one has a section on putting.  Here are a few shots from some players you should be familiar with:

extreme style Park Putting Taylor style Vardon style

The typical approach to putting was one of deliberate, crouched, and a bit from the wrist.  The more you study the more varied opinion develops about the use of the wrists, and some players with the same stance would talk of minimizing the use of wrists.  But what is always true is the “individual approach” that each player applied to a fairly standard style of the day.

Here are a couple stance illustrations that show the typically wide “open” stance.  It can be really fun and ultimately very rewarding to try out and develop your own Auld Style by experimenting with these examples and finding what works for you.

1895 Park putting position extreme stance


Here is a video of one of my recent rounds and what has become my “Auld Style”:


I chose to follow J.H. Taylor’s stance advice from ‘Taylor on Golf’ book:

“My mode of putting is as follows: The weight of my body is almost entirely supported upon my left leg, while I play off the right. In gripping my club, my grasp is somewhat lower on the leather than when I am playing any of the ordinary strokes, my usual interlocked grip being still the same, my hands meeting and looking almost like one. A line drawn nearly opposite my left heel would touch the ball, while my arms are placed closely by my sides. My right thigh provides a very slight rest for my right forearm. This in brief is the position in which I stand when I am ready to putt.”

I hope you can take the time to experiment and have fun with this as it is a great example of what it is to work towards in expanding your hickory golf experience.

Don’t be afraid of being different,  Enjoy it!

– Auld Mac