Golf Putting Advice that will definitely improve your scores
Being a great putter is crucial to scoring your best. BUT…
Having a great putting stroke is not enough to become a great putter.
Because if you have a great putting stroke, but consistently start the ball on the wrong line, then you will miss a lot of putts. And when you do you’ll probably blame your putting stroke and set about trying to fix it. That will naturally be a disaster, because that was not the problem.
So if you want to become a great putter you must first take some golf putting advice and be able to read the greens.
Below is an article from Andy Gorman that will help you to read greens better.
Andy is a PGA professional, who is based in the United Kingdom, and here are some of the players he coaches:
Robert Rock, 2012 HSBC Abu Dhabi Champion
Peter Lawrie, European Tour
Steven O’Hara, European Tour
Steve Webster, European Tour
Charley Hull, LPGA and Solheim Cup Rookie Star
Alison Nicholas, 1997 US Open Champion & Winning Solheim Cup Captain.
Ok, now here is the green reading article from Andy…
How To Read Green’s Like A Pro
By Andy Gorman
You want to hole more putts, well at least you should if you want to really see a difference in your scores once and for all.
To achieve this of course you will need solid, safe reliable mechanics in your putting stroke, but if you are consistently aiming in the wrong direction (even with a stroke as smooth and consistent as Luke Donald) you will not be holing the putts like you should be.
The single biggest law of nature on the path that the golf ball will travel is Gravity.
Understanding gravity (and making it your friend) in relation to your putts, is crucial to consistent accurate green reading and you have probably been ignoring this most powerful law.
Gravity has the most commanding effect on the roll of the ball and ultimately, where you should aiming.
The last 25% of the putt is the where gravity plays the largest role as this is where the ball slows down its speed and momentum. This is where slope/gravity, speed of roll and surface factors such as pitch marks, spike marks and the grain of the green have the largest impact.
The science of green reading is a daunting concept for many, however, the science is actually very simple to understand and put into effective action, resulting in more holed putts and lower scores.
The easiest way to understand Gravity’s effect is to establish the lie of the land on the surrounds of the green. You should assess the surrounding area of the green and look for the high point. You should actually do this even before you play your approach shot onto the green.
The lie of the land refers to high points and low points of the surrounding areas. What you are looking for is to imagine where water would roll from and toward, if it were to rain or if water was coming from the irrigation system.
Even though a green may look like it is angled into a slope, the green will still be sloping away from the high point of the surrounding area.
This means that the majority of putts you will face on that green will move away from the high point of the surrounding area outside or on the putting green and fringes itself, like upon a raised green scenario.
When on the green, having established the overall high point to low point, (the gravitational fall line to the zero break line) observe the last 25% of the putt with this knowledge in mind.
The amount of break is governed by how much slope is on the green, and the speed and smoothness of the putting surface. Armed with this knowledge (and practice of course) you will have a better system for picking the lines on your next round of golf.
This is a very brief instruction of how gravity effects putts and a rolling ball on a given surface.
This putting advice was by Andy Gorman.
The Last Five Feet First…
Another professional golfer and arguably one of the best, most consistent putters ever to play professional golf was Aaron Baddeley.
I recently saw a video that was featuring Aaron Baddeley and Aaron was talking about what he does first when putting, which is to read the green and mentally see the ball going in the hole.
We all know that’s what we need to do first in putting, but the way he described what he does was really interesting. So I thought I would share it with you.
Now it’s common knowledge that the last few feet of a putt will break the most and are the most important.
That’s because the ball is going at it’s slowest.
So what Aaron does when looking from behind the ball is to see the ball rolling into the hole from about 5 feet. Then his eyes go back to his ball and he joins up the line from the ball to the line he was seeing about 5 feet from the hole.
That’s quite a bit different to what most golfers do. Because most golfers visualize the ball rolling from the very start. But what Aaron does is to break up the putt and read the last part of the putt first.
I think it’s an interesting way of doing it. I’m going to give it a try and I suggest you do the same. Who knows, it could be the putting breakthrough you need…….
So, that’s it for now.
Keep practising the putting and remember the advice given above.
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