Switch Putting Questions


Why Should I learn to switch putt? 

Because you want to make more putts, shoot lower scores and most of all, have more fun.  Because 43% of the game of golf is putting, and slightly less than half of all putts are those that break away...approximately 20%, or 1 out of every five strokes.  Please stop and think about this statistic for a second or two. 1 out of every 5 strokes is a putt that breaks away. The majority of those putts are inside 12 ft.

One of the major putting weaknesses for most golfers is the slice putt. Switch putters turn all their slice putts into hook putts. When you turn a weakness into a strength on 20% of the game, your scores and your confidence level will improve dramatically.  Master switch putters have no inherent fundamental weaknesses.

All switch putters show an immediate improvement putting left-handed on the shorter left to right putts. When they switch to standing on the low side of the ball, their natural swing path now matches the arc of the left to right putt. The left to right putt is now a hook putt. Switch putters learn to love the aggressive pure roll of the hook putt. One of the best features of the hook putt is how it rolls over imperfections in the green much better than the slice putt.

 Another great feature when you are putting from below the ball up into the hill is that the effects of gravity will actually pull the ball back toward you. It is somewhat like throwing a boomerang; it is just a wonderful feeling when the ball curves back toward you. You feel in control of your golf ball.

It is the total opposite of the feeling of desperation that many feel when putting from above the ball on the slice putt. It is such a helpless feeling watching the weak slice putt break away, each and every turn of the ball moving it further and further from the hole.

When you turn your slice putts into hook putts, you are converting a weakness into a strength. Switch putting provides a significant improvement to the most important 20% of your golf game, the putts that breakaway.


Will my scores suffer while I learn to switch putt?  

The answer is no, they will improve.  One of the most surprising things we learned about switch putting is most players scores tend to improve or stay about the same during their first few months of switch putting. My biggest surprise was how many players even shot their career low rounds within the first few months of switch putting. I was wrong when I assumed that the lack of experience would be the cause for higher scores.

What we have learned is that having the proper fundamentals is more important than experience. When you switch to putting from the low side of the ball and inside the arc of the putt, most players showed immediate improvement.

One of my favorite switch putters was my friend Bill Fugami [may he rest in peace] who had never broken 81; Bill’s dream was to break 80 on his home course, Crows Nest Pass in Alberta Canada. Bill shot 3 rounds in the high 70’s in his first couple of months of switch putting. He eventually shot a 73 at Lake Tahoe Country Club for his career low. His career low switch putting was 8 shots better than any of his rounds as a right-handed putter.  

My career low round as a right-handed putter was 69, which I had shot 3 times. I had only 6 rounds under par my entire golf life of 38 years. The next 25 years I switch-putted to over 100 rounds of par or better.  Switch putting also helped me shoot numerous rounds in the sixties including a competitive course record of 67 at the Plantation Golf Club in Indo Ca. and my career low rounds of 6 under 65 at Lake Tahoe CC and 66 at Genoa Lakes GC.


Do I have to be ambidextrous to switch putt? 

It may help, but it is far from necessary. Putting a golf ball left-handed or backhanded is an extremely simple physical movement which almost anyone can physically perform. Take this test.  Pretend you are a pendulum and swing your arms and the putter back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. When you look to the left you are putting right-handed. If you look to the right you are putting left-handed. It is the same motion just in the opposite direction.

Switch Putting is relatively easy to learn. Rolling a stationary golf ball backhanded is simple when compared to the difficulty switch-hitting or leaning to hit a backhand in tennis.

One can’t compare the degree of difficulty of putting a stationary golf ball backhanded or left-handed, to hitting a baseball coming at you 90 miles an hour or returning a 120 mile an hour serve in tennis. You don’t need to be ambidextrous to switch-hit in baseball or to have a backhand in tennis. You most certainly don’t need to be ambidextrous to switch putt. What you do need is an open mind, the courage to be different, and especially the desire to be a better golfer.


Am I too old to learn to switch putt? 

Harry “Light horse” Cooper converted to switch putting at the age of 90. He was known for having the most tour wins [34] without a major. He said putting the left to right putt left-handed solved his putting problem [slice putts] that he believed cost him many majors. He felt he was a better putter in his 90’s than he was in the prime of his golf life.  If you are young at heart, there are very few physical or age limitations to becoming a better putter by learning how to switch putt.


Will having 2 putting strokes hurt my golf game?

I believe developing the skills to putt either right or left-handed gives the golfer more options for success. Whether it is because of an immovable obstruction, or a sidehill lie against the edge of a deep bunker, or perhaps a shadow in your line, the switch putter always has two choices.

Another tremendous benefit of mastering two putting strokes is that when you are having a bad day putting right-handed, you can switch to putting left-handed. Many rounds have been saved by the Magic putter's left-handed option. Remember that mastering any sport entails learning multiple skills. 


How do I start to learn how to switch putt? 

The best way to start is with your new Magic putter. The first thing you must do is to visualize yourself as a great left-handed putter. Play the role of your favorite master left-handed putter.

Positive visualization is one of the bedrock secrets of the masters in all athletic endeavors.

Practice at home. You can develop your left-handed grip, set-up, and putting stroke without ever leaving the comforts of home. Putt left-handed one way and then turn around and putt back right-handed. Soon you will begin to discover how easy it is to roll putts either way. Most players are very surprised that they are not only good putting left-handed, but many find out that they are actually better. This is when the fun really begins. 

Once you are on the practice green, you should start with the short putts of 1 or 2 feet using your left-handed stroke. It is extremely important that you practice making numerous 1 and 2 footers under pressure. Once you get a solid set-up and your brain realizes how easy it is to putt left-handed, everyone wants to move to some longer putts. It is fun to putt left-handed, so everyone wants to explore the longer putts right away.

Most people have a tendency to neglect the necessary work on the 3 footers. Master the short putts first and then work on your longer left to right putts with your new left-handed putting stroke. You must practice mentally under the gun during your practice sessions. Make sure to develop a routine for your short putts, and then practice with a purpose. 

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