Practicing and developing any good golf stroke can be a challenge and make you feel like you have to master numerous different tasks. From getting the bend in your knees, to the angle of your clubface and the position of your wrists…….there are dozens of tasks and movements that can either make or break your golf stroke.
Putting is no different.
As you will see from the other pages and posts on my website, I try my best to reduce these complex movements into simple, understandable tips that can make a real difference to your putting game. It’s surprising how a few basic drills can help you train your body to do the right things naturally.
With that in mind, I’m going to share these 2 easy putting tips which are among my favourites. These tips are very simple exercises that can have a major impact on your putting. The first tip will help you finally fix a bad habit that afflicts many amateur golfers and most of them already know they have this problem. The second tip will help with your putting “angle of attack” and, again, simple and easy to practice.
So, let’s get started…
Tip #1: Keep Your Head Still – using a golf tee.
After you have missed yet another putt, it’s not very helpful when someone says “don’t move your head.”
Now, you should not move your head during a putting stroke and what they said was surely correct. The problem is, it’s a negative comment that complicates the issue by placing your focus on the error without following up and suggesting a specific solution. That’s why I want you to stop reminding yourself to “not move your head” and instead think positively of “keeping your head still”. Or, more specifically, keep your gaze on your golf ball’s position at setup.
Here is a simple drill to help you fight that instinct to move your head. All you need is a ball, a putter, and a single golf tee.
The Putting Tee Drill:
- Take your setup position.
- Hold a clean golf tee in your teeth with the end pointing down at your golf ball.
- When you take your putt, keep the tee pointed at the original position of the ball until the ball is gone….
It’s as simple as that. Just by focusing on pointing that tee at one spot, you give yourself a new task that keeps your mind and your eyes from wandering toward the target. As a result, your head stays down, your position stays steady and you maintain control over your stroke.
Practice this drill regularly and soon you won’t have to remind yourself of the same old comment you’ve heard hundreds of times…….”don’t move your head”
Tip #2: Master the Perfect Angle Of Attack – using a Pen.
I am about to give you details of a little known tip that you probably never heard of before now. If you are having problems with your putting, this little-known tip might be just what you are looking for.
Whether you’re putting style is an “Arc” motion or a “pendulum” motion, you want an equal length and rhythm on both sides of the stroke as you pull back and follow through. You’ve probably heard a lot of advice regarding the length, rhythm, and shape of your putting stroke but, most probably, you have not heard about the “angle of attack”.
“Angle of attack” may be a familiar phrase to you in other aspects of this great game, but not when it comes to putting. Normally, when we talk about “angle of attack” we are talking about improving your driving. When you want to send your golf ball further down a nice, long fairway, you want to hit the ball on an upward motion…….then that upward arc is your “angle of attack”.
However, it may surprise you, that “angle of attack” is just as important in putting. I like a slight upward arc through impact on a putt but I don’t want to get into that detail just now because putting is a much smaller motion, details like “angle of attack” can become complicated and difficult to get a feel for.
Instead, I’m going to give you a drill that will help you master the ideal “angle of attack” for putting without forcing you to overthink it. All you need is a ball, a putter and a Pen.
The Pen Drill:
- Place the Pen on the ground about 6-8 inches behind the golf ball, with the length of the Pen running parallel to your shoe line.
- Practice making putts without hitting the Pen with your putter.
The instructions are simple, though it may take you a few tries to get it right.
You may find that you keep hitting the Pen on the backstroke. This is an indication that you’re keeping the putter too low. That error will cause the ball to hop up and skid. Alternatively, you may have no trouble clearing the Pen on the backstroke, but then you hit it as you swing through. This is a clue that you’re creating a descending blow at impact and that’s not what you want.
Keep working this drill until you are creating an even stroke that consistently clears the Pen in both directions. Once you accomplish this, you will have changed the angle of your putter at impact. A better “angle of attack” can significantly improve your putting and this drill can help you do it without analysing your every motion.
With so many rules and technicalities to consider on every stroke, sometimes it seems like improving your putting game is nearly impossible. The key is to take it one step at a time and work with simple drills that help you get these adjustments into your body. That helps you to focus properly on the ball and get that ball into the hole.
The 2 easy putting tips and drills I’ve detailed above will help you keep your head down, master that “angle of attack” and get you on the road to being consistantly better at putting.
That’s it for today, hope you found this article helpful.
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