Improve Your Putting with Hank Vereschzagin

Hank Vereschzagin, Teaching Professional at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, brings you a putting tip to improve your path and distance control when on the green.

This month, Hank is sharing a putting tip with our readers. From working with students on the lesson tee, he has found that putting is probably the most ignored area of focus. Since putts can represent half of your overall golf score, practicing your putting provides an opportunity to improve your putting stroke and lower your score on the course.

According to Hank, “Aiming, as we all know, either creates or hampers good swings. If we aren’t aiming properly at the target, we may end up making compensatory swings trying to achieve the desired results.”

“Using an alignment rod, set it up to the hole or, if at home, the leg of a chair. We want ourselves in a position allowing our eyes to track down the alignment rod to the desired target.” Hank continues, “Change ball position or distance from the ball to see if something is easier or better. Once we have our proper position, mark where your left foot is in relation to the rod. Now every time you practice you can reaffirm your set up.”

If there are specific golf tips based on problem areas of your game that you would like for Hank to review on this blog in coming months, please leave a comment below with your request.

If you are in the Sacramento area and would like to schedule a lesson with Hank at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, contact the Northern California Institute of Golf at 916-808-2531.

Hank Vereschzagin, Teaching Professional at Haggin Oaks

About Hank Vereschzagin

Hank Vereschzagin, a Sacramento native, and Christian Brothers High School alum grew up around sports. He earned varsity letters at Christian Brothers and earned a scholarship to pitch at the Division I level for Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. Besides other sports, one of his greatest passions was and is golf. He learned how to play the game at Lindale, Bing Maloney, Haggin Oaks and William Land golf courses.

Currently carrying a plus handicap, Hank is in the beginning stages of PGA membership. Every year he enters the U.S. Open qualifying tournament with the hopes of one day reaching the final venue.

Hank returns to Haggin Oaks after spending a year working as the General Manager at William Land Golf Course. Hank will resume teaching and club-fitting at Haggin Oaks. He believes in teaching the core fundamentals and utilizing a player’s feel over technical jargon to achieve long-lasting results.

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