Putting- The game within a game.
Approximately 30-40% of a golfers final score is accounted for by strokes taken on the putting surface. Putting is a key part of the game- Here's some tips to help you get the ball in the hole faster
Being a former PGA Tour player I always found it fascinating the lengths several pros would go to in their quest for perfect putting. The great players are not afraid to try anything that will assist them in getting the ball in the hole sooner.
Putting up a tier requires a solid strike and judging the distance well so we can get the ball down in two putts rather than waste shots. Here is a good rule of thumb to help you get the speed right on these long uphill putts.
Technically EVERY putt is a straight putt. You cant hook or fade a putt. So you need to learn to START the ball on the line you have chosen. Here is a great way to learn to do that.
I was lucky enough to recently spend some time with Masters & PGA Champion Jackie Burke Jnr at his wonderful Champions GC in Houston Texas.
When your arms and hands get tight during the putting stroke finding a solid hit on the ball becomes rather difficult- even the yips may creep in. Tension hurts the putting stroke. There is a way to solve it however- watch to learn.
Reading the break on a putt takes a certain talent. Knowing how hard or soft you want to hit the putt plays a vital role on the start line of every putt. Find out more about the read & the speed in this video below.
Speed and line go hand in hand in putting. Even just a slight misjudgment of either and the chances of making the putt diminish.
When confronted with a downhill putt that could be fast- many amateurs totally misjudge the speed of the putt
Why?- because they have "this is going to be fast" in the back of their mind.
Here is a simple tip a lot of the pros use to help them be able to judge the speed of the fast downhill putt.
When putting the ball is not lofted into the air therefore we don't have the ability to shape or alter trajectories of the way the ball works.
Therefore getting ourselves into a good setup that suits our visuals is critical to being able to start the ball on our intended line and
having it roll nicely towards the hole.
We often hear to get your eyes over the ball when putting. There is one fundamental flaw with this belief......