indyvai, on 12 August 2012 - 03:01 PM, said:
PuttingDoctor, on 12 August 2012 - 01:41 PM, said:
Fourmyle of Ceres, on 12 August 2012 - 06:10 AM, said:
I doubt that "SBST On Plane" will catch on among the popular lingo but what friend Putting Doctor describes is the only way I know how to putt worth a darn. Eyes over the ball, arms hanging down with no tension and a light grip with no hand action during the stroke.
From that setup my shoulders rock back and through, my arms swing back and through, the putter moves back and through and the "arc" of the stroke depends entirely on your reference point of view. From the point of view of my hands it's "Straight" because I'm not manipulating the face angle. From the point of view of the putter itself there's no "Arc" because it sees itself square to the line throughout. Any arced path you might observe from above or behind the line is a trick of geometry, the key is the lack of hand manipulation.
I think Ping and others ought to classify strokes by how much the player is opening or closing the putter face with his hands, not by the shape of the arc as observed from a stationary external reference point. It's like an airline pilot flying in a straight line when, on a map, his path describes a Great Circle arc. Just because it looks curved on a map doesn't mean the pilot is meant to be turning his hands on the controls to make the plane bank and turn...
+1 What he said!
Better watch out though, folks might start calling you a heretic for promoting that the world isn't flat....
Oddly my definition of SBST is dead on to this... so not really understanding the on plane version... might have to PM Doc...
Indy, many folks who think they have a SBST stroke are on plane unless they attempt to manipulate the putter off plane... and keep the face looking at the target thoughout the stroke.
It's always a surprise when I set up the PerfectStroke and they watch their face rotate even though the shaft is sliding straight back and through on a rail.
I know Hebron knows the difference and I really was just raggin' on him about leaving it out.
Simply put the shaft angle dictates the plane and hence natural rotation of the SBST stroke. The flatter your lie angle the more rotation you'll witness.
FYI the guy who says it more than me is Stan Utley... He says, " I teach SBST on plane. "
Edited by PuttingDoctor, 12 August 2012 - 06:28 PM.