One of the biggest mistakes made by beginner golfers is that they are too wristy with their puttting stroke. In this lesson I explain a simple exercise that golfers can use to fix this problem
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BETTER PUTTING CAN LOWER YOUR GOLF SCORE
If you are like most of the other Aussie Golfers that tee it up on a Aussie Golf Course on a regular basis, you have one main goal — to lower your score. No matter your handicap, there is always room for improvement in the game of golf. A perfect round of golf has never been played, and likely never will be. Even the best players in the world are constantly in search of improvement, which is one of the things that makes the game so addicting over the course of a lifetime.
There are many areas of the game where you can look for improvement, but none will have as strong of an effect on your scorecard as putting. If you putt better, you can expect to shave several strokes in your very next round. While swing improvement takes many hours of practice to see results from, putting practice can pay off quite quickly. Use the following three step plan to improve your putting the next time you tee it up on any golf courses.
Step One — Lose the Pressure
For the large majority of putts hit during a round, you don’t need to apply much speed at all to get the ball to the hole. Just moving the putter head a few inches in each direction is often plenty to create all the power you need. So why do most golfers hold onto the putter so tightly? Squeezing the grip on your putter is not only unnecessary, it actually contributes to missing putts. A tight grip causes you to lose feel in your hands, and you will likely struggle to control your speed. Also, the putter will not release naturally through the ball with a tight grip, so putts that are pushed off-line can result.
To remedy this, hit some practice putts with the lightest grip you can imagine. Hold the putter so it is just dangling in your hands, and try to stroke a short putt. If the putter is too loose, add just a little pressure and try again. Continue the process until you have just enough pressure to control the putter, and no more. This is the grip pressure that you should be striving for on each and every putt.
Step Two — Steady in the Knees
Ever miss a short putt that you couldn’t figure out how it possibly got off line? Most likely, the answer can be found in your knees. If you sway at all side-to-side during a putting stroke, you will affect the way the putter is swinging and your roll will not start online. One of the best ways to monitor this problem is by focusing on your knees during the stroke. When you get into your address position, your knees should be slightly flexed and only about shoulder width apart. As you start to move the putter back, remain focused on holding your knees steady. This might take some practice on the putting green to get comfortable with, but it can make a huge difference. With a stable lower body to build on, your putting stroke will be free to flow through the ball and knock it right in the back of the hole.
Step Three — Eyes Down
I hate the expression ‘keep your head down’. To me, that makes the golfer feel like they need to bury their chin in their chest and not let it move. Trying to hold your head still makes it hard to rock your shoulders naturally, because the two are obviously connected. Rather, I like to have players focus on keeping their eyes down. As long as your eyes remain fixed on the ball during the stroke, it is fine if your head rocks a little from side to side.
To make sure your eyes stay down, try drawing something on your golf ball to focus on. It could be a dot, a line, a star, or anything else you choose. When you place your ball down on the green, do so with your marking facing skyward. As you prepare to putt, lock your eyes onto the marking and don’t look away until the putt has been struck. This method is effective for all putts, but will really help you knock in those pesky three footers.
Putting isn’t the most glamorous part of the game. You are much more likely to get compliments on a long drive you nail down the fairway than you are a five foot putt that you save par with. However, if it is your scorecard you wish to impress people with, then putting is where you should spend most of your time. Give this quick three-step program a try during your next round, and see just how many strokes you can save.
Thanks for reading, and play well