How did you get Roger Maltbie to Switch Putt?

The simple answer is that he made more putts as a Switch Putter. How did he know that? We tested him. 50 putts right-handed versus 50 putts left-handed from 12ft. 10 left to right putts from 7 to 11 on the putting clock.

Roger was well aware after playing on the PGA tour for sixteen years that he and most right-handed players were better on the right to left putt. The decision to putt the left to right putts left-handed was based on scientific proof. After one ninety minute session he was already 10% better left-handed on the left to right putt than he was using his normal right-handed stroke.  He made 38% of his 12 footers right-handed on the right to left putt. He then made 24% of his putts right-handed on the left to right cross putt. These numbers are fairly consistent for most golfers. These numbers supported our contention that there is an inherent weakness on the putt that breaks away for most golfers.

 Roger was unaware we planned to test him left-handed.  We were supposed to work with him for a couple of months and then test him. It was my contention that he would only be going through the motions during his practice time if we didn’t prove to him early enough that he was already better left-handed. He had never putted left-handed prior to our first ninety minute lesson. So when we tested him left-handed on the left to right putt, he was amazed at the results. He made 10% more putts left-handed after one lesson than he could make with his lifelong right-handed putting stroke. 34% left-handed on the left to right putt versus 24% right-handed. These numbers helped to convince him to practice with a purpose. He now knew he was already better putting left-handed on the left to right putts. 


After working with him for a couple of months we gave him another test. This one was different from the test we had given him in August 1989. We wanted to apply some pressure, to help him prepare for putting on the PGA Tour. On January 3rd, 1990 at the Stanford practice putting green, Roger challenged the Theory of Switch Putting with a simple putting test. Selecting the toughest downhill four foot left to right putt available, the object of the test was to see how many cross putts [RIGHT-HANDED], versus how many Switch putts ]LEFT-HANDED], Roger could make in a row. He was required to move after each putt so he couldn’t lock into the perfect stance and feel for the putt.

RIGHT-HANDED5 in a row was his best.  Using his life long 15 year PGA Tour right-handed putting stroke.

LEFT-HANDED: 37 in a row in his third attempt. It is the difference from standing above to standing below the ball. The advantage of standing below the ball and inside the arc of the putt is more important than 30 years of experience hitting slice putts right-handed.  

 Roger had proved to Roger that HE was a better left-handed on the shorter  left  to right putts. Don’t take our word for it. Practice Switch Putting for a while, and then test yourself. If you are better putter left-handed on the left to right putt, have the courage to go for it. The rewards are plentiful;



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