CJ: We just went over the basic set up for putting.
Are there different styles of set up? Slightly, yes.
Some if you watch ...
Now, some of you may recognize or know who Michelle Wie is, she's gone through periods where she is really bent over.
You see other people that stand a little bit taller.
Again, to each his own.
Again, where most of you are learning this from, is you're going to look at it at a tour player.
Now, if we're talking about a tour player having a slightly different set up than the other person, sure, that's possible.
They are great, they've experimented, they've put hours and hours in to perfecting their craft.
For you watching this video at home, no.
Let's not create a bunch of different styles because again, if you're standing taller, and again, the reason we get tall, maybe it's for your back, or maybe your putter's a little longer, whatever the case may be, but again that's going to allow your body to work more.
Again, are there different styles? Yes.
We must recognize that there are more than one way to set up to this.
Do I recommend that? No, not really, okay? But make sure, for you, as you get bent over here, you want to make sure that your feet are square or parallel.
Some people may say, "Hey, I like to open up here, keep this left foot back because it allows me to look down and see the line a little bit better." Absolutely, I agree with that 100% for some people.
As a beginner, absolutely not, okay? You must experiment with this.
Again, what my job is, is to take someone and teach them the simplest way possible.
That way if they go out and they practice, and they perform, and then they come back to me and say, "CJ, I'm not putting that well." Well, if they have a lot of different idiosyncrasies, it's going to be very difficult for me to find out which one I need to change.
There was guy back in the day that played with Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki, I'm not sure how many times he won, but quite a few, okay? He's from Japan.
He used to put, and he set up with his hands really low.
He had the old bullseye putter, he picked the putter up and he kind of chopped down, and cut acrossed it.
Great player, probably won nine times on the PGA tour, way more than I'll ever win in my life.
I can't argue with how he succeeded.
The problem is, is if he came to me for a golf lesson, or putting lesson, and said, "CJ, I'm not putting well right now." I have no clue what I would tell him.
Take the club more up, chop down on it more, everything that is anti what we teach with putting, he did, and he did it very, very well.
So he believed in his method, and good for him, okay?
Again, what we're trying to do is make this game as simple as possible for you.
So make sure when you get ...
At home, get on you some tile, or throw a club down, get right here, maybe even put this club across your shoulders, and bend over, and make sure that your shoulders, your hips, your knees, your feet, they're all parallel, because this is the simplest way.
When you come to take a golf lesson from me, if your shoulders are off, it's real easy to fix.
Understand, setting up to it, are there different ways to set up to it? Yes.
Do I recommend that? No.
Until you have achieved or practiced this game at a high level, and you can explain to me the reason, let's keep it simple, right? Get everything square, get your body set up.
Notice here that you can't see the butt end of my club right here.
If you can here, you can tell that my shoulders and forearms are off, but I'm in a good position to go back and through, and make a repeatable stroke and hole more puts.