A Couple Of Putting Lessons From An Experienced Golfer
Although any shot in golf is important, when you are on the green, your putt (and hopefully it is only one) is perhaps the most important shot that you will play that hole. As the saying goes “You drive for show, but you putt for dough.” Well that is certainly true for a golfer out on the professional circuit.
Putting is something that can be improved over time, but in this article, we are going to look at a couple of tips you can apply to your putting game right now to improve your scores.
Understanding the green is key
Reading the green is a skill which can be honed over time. There are some tips and tricks, however. For example, did you know that if the grass color is a slightly lighter shade of green it has been cut away from you? This means slightly less friction as the ball rolls and therefore no need to hit it too hard. This is one way to determine if the green is fast or not.
Note other things about the grass as well, and do this each time you putt. Walk along the intended path of the ball and look at the length of the grass, the condition it is in as well as the angle of the grass and any slopes, all of which can play a major role in setting up your putt in terms of direction and power.
Your grip is important
Try to make sure that each hand is equally weighted when holding your putter. Never hold the putter too tight. This will make your whole body rigid and the putting motion won’t flow nearly enough. Remember, the swing of your putter should never be forced but a more natural swing movement. This leads it to generate its own momentum before striking the ball and beyond.
When starting out, and especially if you struggle with your putter, or even as an experienced golfer, always visualize your putt. Start with your arms and see them swinging in a pendulum motion, striking through the ball and sending it towards the hole. Remember, always keep your legs very still when putting.
Distribute your weight correctly
Keep your weight more on your toes. If you find yourself putting your weight backward towards your heels you will find that you have less control over your putt.
Practice makes perfect
Finally, as with all things in golf, practice is the way to get better. There is no professional golfer in the world that just lives of their talent, they practice day in and day out. The more you are out there practicing your putts, the better you will get.