Sam Snead did it.
Side Saddle Putting
By Kickntrue on 9/4/08
I've been hearing more and more about side saddle putting lately. The basic idea is that you face your target and swing the club in a motion similar to the way you would roll a ball at something (think bowling or bocce ball).
Since I average over 2 putts per hole- I'm listening. It makes a lot of sense, at least in theory. Has anyone ever tried this or have any stories, good or bad?
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One of the rangers at work putts like this, and swears by it. I haven't tried it myself.
I turn my shoulders and my feet slightly but not completely sidesaddle.
Sidesaddle works GREAT with a long putter, at least 48-inch! Stand up, relax, relax, relax, and swing the putter along any intended line you feel comfortable with. The longer putter gives you a much larger field of periphereal vision with longer putts, and a closer field of vision with those shorter ones. Try it! You'll like it!
what kind of putter makes the most sense for this, blade, mallet, or something custom?
I first learned about it in this book:
GolfGÇÖs Sacred Journey - Links of Utopia
It's a great read. You can find the book at Amazon. For a while it was downloadable for free. I never tried putting like that, but it makes sense. I did play with a guy who putted like that and it worked well for him. His putter was very long, mallet style, center shafted.
Don't make the shaft too long.
See the suggested shaft lengths on any putter page at:
All about this technique here too.
~the Putt Guru
For Klangdon; Google Hammy Putter and read about it. It is a great putter for side saddle putting. There are types of this putter on E-Bay.
joe jones says:
After the worst case of the yips I converted to side saddle in 1970 and have never looked back. While I don't think it's for everyone it might be worth a try. I'm 6'3" so I use a 48" center shafted putter that looks like a branding iron. I find a putter that has an upright shaft angle to be the best for me. Search the internet for side saddle putters for pictures and stroke instructions. Good luck!
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