In your average round of golf, putts tend to make up about 40 percent of your total score. Now considering that your putter is the only club you’re going to use this often it makes sense that it should be your main priority when looking to shave a few strokes of your game.
Not to mention the fact that you can practice your putting anywhere with just a few simple drills. Throughout this article, we’re going to breakdown fifteen different ways you can improve your putting. Now like most golf tips most of these aren’t going to be your saving grace but if you give them all a shot somethings gotta stick.
Utilize your Putter Lines
Yeah, you know that stripe that looked awesome in golf town, the one you used to knockdown ten straight-eight footers on their indoor perfectly flat green.
If you get your use out of this line it should extend off the line of the ball and give you a bit larger target line to help visualize your next putt. Now this only works if your able to line it up properly so you may have to tackle that first. Or head back to golftown…
Read the distance not just the break
The majority of golfers tend to take a quick look at how far away the hole is, they then proceed to spend way too long staring at the slopes of the green trying to determine the perfect line. Turns out your average golfer is much worse at depth perception that one thinks. May sure you take that few extra seconds and maybe even walk the putt distance to ensure you have a good grasp of the weight.
Don’t Under Read The Break
According to a study completed by golf magazine, 65 percent of golfers under-read their putts. You’re going to spend the rest of the thinking about how poorly you putted anyways so spend that extra thirty seconds get a good read and knock it down.
Conduct A Left To Right Read
When reading your putt from your ball to the hole you tend to focus or the uphill or downhill nature of the ball. Spend a little more time thinking about the break the ball will take to the left or right. One good way of doing this is to imagine placing two coins on either side of the hole about one foot away. This will allow you to see the horizontal changes in the green.
Take A Look At The Green From The Low End
If you’re trying to get an accurate read on the green your best bet is to get to the lowest point and look up. Think of it like reading a newspaper, it’s much easier done when the paper is tilted towards as opposed to lying flat. By reading the green from the lower point it is much easier for your eyes to pick up on the slopes and hills you’ll have to adjust for in your putt.
By practising your shorter putts (inside ten feet) you will gain confidence in your putting stroke. This confidence should help you lose some of the jitters next time you walk up to the green.
Pick a spot on the back of the hole
By focusing on a location on the pack of the hole it will help you stay consistent with your target. This should also allow you to stay focused each time you look up from the ball.
Try Putting With One Hand
No not on the course but definitely for few strokes on the practice green. If you are able to hit your putts relatively well when putting one hand this means that your setup is correct. If you are struggling with putting one-handed you may want to work on your putting setup.
Keep Your Grip Pressure Light
This isn’t a swing out of the tee blocks where you may jump right out of your shoes. A putting stroke is a light short swing, if you think about it there’s is no need to be gripping your putter tightly. Let it hang naturally from your hands and this should help you feel out your stroke.
Get A Proper Fitting Putter
You want to make sure you have a putter that compliments your putting stroke well. The two major factors of your putter are the length and the lie angle of the putter. Getting these factors corrected will lead to cleaner contact on the ball with each putt. Putters can be professionally fitted, but if you are a more casual golfer your best bet is to just keep testing until you find one that feels right for you.
Adjust your putts based on the weather
When doing something as precise as putting it makes sense to take all factors into account. A lot of casual golfers don’t realize the effects the weather can have on the speed of the greens. The largest difference you will notice is after rainfall. Wet greens are considerably slower than dry greens so you’re going to want to give you putting a little more power. More advanced adjustments include putting with less power on windy days. The wind tends to take the moisture out of the greens thus making the ball roll faster. Lastly, on hot days, you need to pay close attention to the greens. Heat can produce dryer greens resulting in a faster ball though it can also cause the growth of the grass to increase making the ball roll slower. Make sure to pay attention to the weather when putting and adjust accordingly.
Know You Are Going To Miss Sometimes
Putting is arguably the hardest part of golf and something that pros on the tour often struggle with. To think that with your 23 Handicap you’re going to be lining up and knockdown ever putt on your local course is a tad optimistic. The reality is your putting is always going to have room for improvement but what you can do is take small steps and continuously improve. Know you’re going to miss some putts learn from them and stay committed to trying out new tips and strategies to shave off a couple of strokes.
We hope that throughout this putting guide you have been able to find some helpful tips that will lead to improved putting for your next round.
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