1 Geoff Mangum's Optimal Putting i Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone . " > * }. > -V i Vi] V ] > `. i - v * }. i *> >` } v . * } i . i . This limited rst edition of Optimal Putting is presented by Quantum Putters The New Technology in Putters. Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone \ i " > * }. Dedication To Anne and our family: 7 } i i } i`]. ` i v i } i`]. 7i L i > } i } >Vi v i . / i i * }< i You have great putting tips, especially the ones about the gaze. Let's meet and work together when I play Charlotte in May . I know if I can just get my putting improved, I can break through and win.. [ Everyone remembers my seven iron, but my putter won me the PGA Championship [July 2003].
2 ]. Shaun Micheel PGA Tour player 2003 PGA Champion (July 2003). 2006 PGA Championship runner-up (July 2006). I was blown away! If you ever have the chance to take putting instruction from Geoff , DO NOT PASS IT UP! . Eddie Cox, PGA. Director of Golf Tot Hill Farm GC, Asheboro NC. Geoff Mangum is a genius in putting instruction. After two short lessons, I've never putted better in my life.. Rick Murphy Director & Owner, Carolina Golf Academy Greensboro, NC. President, Carolinas Section, PGA of America 2001 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year 2005-06 Golf Magazine Best Teachers in the Southeast 2005-06 Golf Digest Best Teachers in NC.
3 Geoff has more knowledge and expertise about putting than any other person that I know. He is an outstanding teacher and his philosophy is backed with an enormous amount of research. He's de nitely at the top of the class.. Robert Linville, PGA. Robert Linville's Precision Golf School 1993 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year 1999 & 2000 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year 2000 US Coach in US-Japan Collegiate Team Matches I personally enjoyed your presentation to the European PGA. Teaching Conference very much. I learned a lot.. Stefan Quirmbach President, PGA of Germany Wonderfully creative! . Rainer Mund Coach, German National Team Your putting instruction is absolutely fantastic I've been teaching and playing for over 40 years and I've never heard any of it.
4 It's completely different from everything I've ever learned, but it is amazingly simple and effective. Great stuff! . Tim Parker Head Pro, Gut Waldorf Golf Club Hamburg, Germany Geoff Mangum knows more about visual science than anyone in golf. As the national director of research for the Neuro-Op- tometric Rehabilitation Association (and a golfer), I constantly search the Internet for vision neuroscience to pass along to Optometry teachers at schools around the world, and I am always amazed that I nd exactly what I'm looking for ONLY. on the website instead of on the university websites and other conventional research science sources.
5 I. can't imagine that any other golf instructor knows more about vision in putting than Geoff ! . Dr. Selwyn Super National Research Director Neuro-Optometric Research Assn This is very good! You have such a vast store of putting knowl- edge that it must be very dif cult for PGA teachers to appreci- ate how much you can help them. I've never heard most of what you teach.. Joe Clark Sr. PGA Master Professional ] Geoff Mangum's Optimal Putting i . Printer: Axess Book Printing 4479 North Industrial Drive Suite 100. Cumming, GA 30041. Author and Copyright Holder: Geoff Mangum Copyright 2008 Geoff Mangum. All rights reserved, including rights under the Berne Univer- sal Copyright Convention and other national laws.
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7 Acknowledgement. xi Preface. xii Chapter 1: The Mechanics Of Instinct . 1. Chapter 2: The Brain And Movement In Space. 22. Chapter 3: Distance Control Theory. 41. Chapter 4: Distance Control Praxis. 72. Chapter 5: Straight Strokes. 104. Chapter 6: Aiming Accurately. 134. Chapter 7: Reading The Putt For Target. 157. Chapter 8: Putting Routine. 179. Chapter 9: Synthesis Of The Four Skills. 192. Chapter 10: Drills For Putting Skills. 195. Appendix A: Bibliography Of Putting. 209. Appendix B: PuttingZone Academies & Coaches. 235. Appendix C: About Geoff Mangum. 245. Appendix D: PuttingZone Opportunities. 249. Appendix E: Friends Of The PuttingZone .
8 255. Index. 258. Colophon. 271. Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone \. vii Geoff Mangum's Optimal Putting > `i` . i . Acknowledgement. xi Preface. xii Chapter 1: Mechanics Of Instinct . 1. Conventional Lore. 2. A New Paradigm. 9. Where Is This Headed? 10. Optimal Putting: Black Art Or Science. 13. Learn The Skills From The Ground Up. 19. Cited References. 19. Chapter 2: The Brain And Movement In Space. 22. Why Learn About The Brain. 22. Raison D' tre For Brains. 24. Human Brains & Movement Inheritance. 25. Big Ideas For Brain Function. 28. Cited References. 35. Chapter 3: Distance Control Theory. 41. Skill 1: Instinctive Touch.
9 41. De nition Of Touch. 41. Optimal Delivery Speed. 41. Observing Optimal Delivery Speed. 44. Five Factors For Instinctive Touch. 48. De nition Of Tempo. 50. Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone \. Geoff Mangum's Optimal Putting Gravity As Fundamental Fact For Movement. 50. Gravity As Timing, Objects In Motion As Forces. 51. Gravity And Movement On Earth. 54. Physics Characteristics Of Pendular Motion. 55. Inherent Timing Of Pendula On Earth. 58. Gravity Timing And Instinct. 59. Human Instinct And Gravity Timing. 60. The Strength Of Instinctive Gravity Timing. 62. Choosing An Optimal Tempo. 63. What Is A Backstroke? 68. Cited References.
10 70. Chapter 4: Distance Control Praxis. 72. Skill 1: Praxis Or Application For Touch. 72. Green Speed Appreciation. 72. Green Speed Appreciation From Core Putt. 73. Touch For Different Distances. 75. Instinctive Touch For Each Green And Distance. 77. Targeting Teaches The Body For Action. 77. Head-Neck Motion Primes Sense Of Distance. 78. An Instinctive Move Generates Backstroke Size. 79. A One Potato .. Two Tempo. 81. Tempo Timing And Accurate Timing Performance. 82. Stress And Anxiety As Harming Timing. 84. Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone \. Geoff Mangum's Optimal Putting Targeting Loads The Impact Force. 85. Correct Touch Is Not Long And Not Short.