Putting is by far the most overlooked part of the golf game by a lot of amateurs even though it is so crucial to a golfer having the complete package.
Putting can make or break your golf game.
Putt well and you will make tough shots look easy and long shots look like tap-ins.
It is important to start the game off right by spending some time understanding and developing a solid stroke. Not all golfers spend time practicing their game off the course and when they do it typically involves them hitting their driver as hard as they can at the driving range. Hitting the driver really far is a lot of fun to do and watch, but it’s not going to help you get your game where you ultimately want it to be.
One could write a book about putting technique (and indeed, many people have), but you can boil down the main things you need to know into these 7 key putting tips for beginners:
#1. The Set Up
The set up for putting is substantially different than that off a full golf swing. When putting, you’ll want to have a much narrower stance than you would have with your full golf shot. The narrower stance is fine since you don’t need all the hip and shoulder turn that gives your full swing all of its power. In fact, you really want your body to stay fairly still.
A good way to set up to the ball is to grip your putter and extend your arms out straight in front of your body. You’ll then want to bring the elbows into your body. Bend over at the hips so that your club is now touching the ground, and your eyes are directly over the golf ball. Having your eyes directly over the golf ball will help you see the line on which you want to send your putt.
#2. Understand the Green
Caddies will tell you that when the grass is a lighter shade of green, it has been cut away from you and has less friction. If this is the case, you cannot hit the ball too hard, because the green will be faster.
Distance and speed are just as important as the direction of the ball. Therefore, before you putt, examine the green to determine the length and condition of the green as well as the angle of the grass. Consider elements of the weather such as rain, which can change the condition of the course. These factors help you make quicker decisions, and you will learn how to differentiate between various golf courses and greens.
Before you hit a putt, you’ll want to look at the line between your ball and the hole to see what you think the ball is going to do. Sometimes you’ll want to look from behind the hole to your ball. This allows you to see how the ball will move during the putt, due to undulations in the green.
#3. Paint a Mental Picture
Before you play a shot, visualize your shoulders, arms, hands and putter as one unit. You will use your shoulders to determine how big your swing is and how far you want the ball to roll. A good putting stroke is often compared to a pendulum like motion. Your putting stroke should have a smooth and even tempo from start to finish. You should have no movement in your legs while you are playing the shot.
#4. Control Your Grip
When you hold the club, each hand should be weighted equally, and your grip should feel natural, not tight. Most amateur golfers tend to grip the club too hard. The putter should have a natural swing, not a dictated one. It should assume its own momentum as it moves through its path.
#5. Keep your Weight Controlled
Don’t put too much weight on your heels. If you do, you won’t be able to control the shot. Instead, focus the weight on your toes. If you watch professional golfers closely, you will notice they keep their weight solely on their toes.
#6. Practice, Practice, Practice.
If you want to get good at anything, regular practice is important—and putting is the golf skill that requires the most repetition. Practice on various golf courses, in different conditions and even indoors so you can achieve the best results.
When you think about it, putting is nearly half the game as roughly 40% of the strokes that you take during a round will be with your putter. This is why it’s so important to practice your putting as much as you can. The great thing is that most golf courses have a putting green where you can freely practice putting before you take your leave for the course.
#7. Take Some Lessons
If you continuously have problems with your putting then it’s a good idea to take some lessons and also to experiment with your own fixes and cures. Putting is very individualistic and if you are a creative person then test out many different methods until you find one that works consistently for you.
Remember, there is not necessarily one correct way to putt but the more you practice and experiment intelligently, the more you will learn, improve and enjoy this great game.
That’s it for today.
Thanks for visiting my website Putting Tips For Golf and, before you leave, make sure to check out Best Golf Gifts and the many other pages and posts.
I love getting feedback so please leave a comment in the box below.
Cheers for now.