Putting Tips

As discussed earlier on this blog, Putting is the most neglected part of most people's game. This is because there is no better feeling than to make a huge drive down the fairway. Putting, however, is the area you should concentrate on to improve your handicap. There phrase "driving is for show, putting is for dough" is absolutely spot on.

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Having a good practice routine will help you putt your best on a consistent basis. I recommend having a handful of drills that you can use on the practice greens for building confidence as well as developing a consistent putting stroke. Confident putting is built first on the practice green. I have a few putting drills that I like to use on a pretty regular basis when I’m on the practice greens.

I recommend having a drill for speed, alignment, and one or two for your putting stroke. There are many drills that pros and teaching instructors have come up with that work well. I think you should use what feels most comfortable and what seems to build your confidence and trust in your putting stroke. You may want to try some different putting drills and pick the ones that work best for you.

The goal in putting is to putt well when it matters. A common problem is to putt well on the practice putting greens when it doesn’t count only to go out on the golf course and succumb to the pressure of your actual round of golf along with wanting to shoot a good score. A big key to success is using drills that will build your confidence on the practice greens so you can then go out on the course and get good results with your putting.

An example of a good drill I like using is what I call the one-handed drill. I pick a spot about 5-10 feet away from a hole on the practice green. Then I simply drop three golf balls down and putt to the hole with my right hand only. I will hit about ten putts or so this way and then I’ll switch to using my left hand only. Again, I’ll hit about ten putts or so. Now, after practicing with each hand by itself, I will hit some more putts with both hands on the putter. With both hands on the putter, I’ll try to capture the feel of my putting stroke when I used only one hand. If you try this drill, you’ll notice you become more sensitized to the feel of the weight of the putter head and will naturally start to develop a nice rhythm for your putting stroke.

In an effort to give you, the golfer, a putting kick-start, we have collected a number of putting tips that should improve the chances of your sinking that little white ball and, in doing so, improving your game of golf overall

Great putters generally go through exactly the same routine each and every time they line up a putt. Remember this when you are eyeing out the cup and don’t deviate from your tried and tested putt-sinking routine.

Never move your hands independently from your shoulders and arms when making the shot. This will, almost definitely, change the position of the face of the club and you’re likely to fluff the shot with alacrity.

Don’t take too much time between your practice stroke and the actual putt – any longer than 8 seconds can seriously affect the fluidity of your stroke. Over-analysis is never a good thing, particularly on the putting green of a premier golf resort.

A successful putter is generally a sensitive stroker of the ball. It’s important to keep your hands soft and steady while making the putt. Any extra pressure on the grip will definitely change the stoke and it will become more of a jab or stab than a flowing, precise putt.

Putting demands limited and controlled movements and any deviation of movement like swaying or lifting can result in a miss as good as a mile. The same applies to your eyes – keep your eyes firmly on the prize the entire time and you should be successful at least some of the time.

At the end of the day, it’s partly practice and partly pure skill that will lower your handicap, so make for those golf estate greens and hone the art of putting; you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll get out of the game.

I have attached a couple of video clips that will give you the basics of how to go about putting which you can then put to practice on your indoor putting greens.