Gerina Piller: Putting Stroke

Gerina Piller demonstrates the basics of her putting stroke.


I can definitely get where it's all arms, like this. When I really feel like it's my core and everything is moving, that's where I feel--

So you blend the whole thing a little bit.

Right. And as you can tell, I used all arms on that first one, and--

It still went in.

I still made it. So if you're an all arms putter and you just cannot seem to get the whole shebang, then that's OK. You can still play golf like that.

You bet.

There are so many different ways to play golf.

We've seen guys that bend their elbow and straighten it, you know, like a piston move.

Right. And I try to just feel as I'm all one piece.

You're kind of that, aren't you? You do a little bit of it-- the whole thing.


On a plane there.

Yes. So I really want to take my hands out of it, so I don't get any of this.


But I still want to make sure that everything stays together.

So you feel all of this, a little of that.


I love that.


I love that.

You're using your big muscles, if that makes more sense.

But and the little ones, I think these are good to aim. And I don't want them out. I want them to aim and be active. You know, I want to feel them.

Correct. Yeah.

I tell people all the time, I don't want them out. I want them just under control.


That's all.

You want them working. You don't want to shut them off, but you don't want them overworking.

That's right. I don't want them on their own.

Another thing I like to do-- for me, I have a tendency to pick the putter up. Pick it up and then I go left with it. And so I really work on keeping a little lower to the ground on the backstroke and afterwards.

And after.

Because I think a lot of people, if you take it back low, some people might want to raise up. Or you want to go left or go right. And so I really try to work on staying a little lower and following through, like, down the line. Like, I keep my putter going down the line. Not necessarily at the hole.

Do you go down the line, or do you go left of the line?

Down the line.

Down the line. For a little bit.

For probably three to four inches after the ball.

And that keeps you still?


That's just good for you.


Lady players, LPGA players, are, in general, excellent putters, aren't they?


Is it because y'all practice so much, or what is it? Why is it there?

We got the touch.

We got the touch. You got it. You got the touch. You got the touch. Yeah, it's quite true.

You know, I think it's the finesse. I feel like we kind of joke around when we're playing a practice round or playing with some friends, doing some betting or whatever, and, you know, we have a girl or myself that kind of gets a little heavy-handed. And we ram a couple by, and we go, dang, you got man speed.

Man speed. Man speed.

We call it man speed.

I like it.

And I don't know if it's just because with females, you know, we're not really far off the fairway. We're kind of just straight and narrow, just kind of like this. And men are kind of [MAKING SHOOTING SOUNDS] you know, hard and everywhere.


And I think it kind of translates over to the putting green where, you know, there's a lot of times where I'll play with my husband and he's just like, oh, you just ram it in the back. I'm like, well, yeah, it's easy to say, but, I mean, when you ram it in the back--

You've eliminated half the hole or more.



And so for girls, I feel like for me, I want to kind of, like, paint it in, kind of finesse it. And men are like bam. I like the stress-free kind of golf.

I'm really with you on that. Yeah.