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Elite 8

Instructor: Tom Ness

Where you make contact with the ball on a putt can have a profound effect on the outcome. If you hit the ball below its equator, it will pop up slightly and roll with backspin. Not what you want. I want you to hit the ball above its equator, with the shaft leaning forward at impact.

Look at the photos. In the large photo to the right, I’m in the proper impact position. Below, you can tell by the rotation of the stripe on the ball that I’ve hit it above the equator.

Tom Ness is the Director of the Golf Academy at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Ga.