Golf Putting Tips – Has your game gone a bit south of late because you have not made so many putts as you would like? Golf is one of those games that contribute a lot to confidence and the main part of your game that is affected the most is your putting.
How many times after a round of golf do you count how many putts you missed? We never really think about how many fairways were missed, or greens missed in regulation. Anyway, so what is the solution to saving shots from your game on the green, to keep putting the way you have or following our 3 golf putting tips to reduce your handicap.
We have a scenario followed by one of our 3 golf putting tips to help you relate.
You are on the green for 2 in regulation for the first time on your not so favorite hole, you are sitting 30 feet from the hole and feeling good about yourself. You line up the putt and take your stroke the ball sails past the hole about 10 foot and your thinking I have to make the next one back to have my first par on this hole. You take a deep breath and take the putter head back and stroke the ball with a nice gentle motion willing the ball to go in the hole. Guess what it misses, and here we go the dreaded 3 putt looms its ugly head and all of a sudden the confidence drains out of your body, and you take that feeling to the next hole.
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Firstly assess the situation, walk up to the hole and note if there are any old pitch marks (which can be repaired) or how the grass is lying. If the grass look shiny and the grain is running away from you, the putt will be quicker than normal.
Next get down behind the golf ball and see the slope of the green, see how much the putt will break. The most important step is to pick a spot about 1 foot from the hole preferably behind the hole, aim to roll the ball to this point. It's easier to hole a putt from 1 foot than 10 foot. Long putts need more time taken than shorter ones as there are more variables involved. As with all putts, you should always crouch down behind the ball to see the line of the putt.
Next time you arrive at your next competitive round spend half an hour on the practice green from 30 feet from the hole and place 5 golf balls down. Attempt putt all 5 golf balls to within one foot from the hole, even go as far as placing a coin a foot from the hole and just aiming to that point. This is called lagging the putt to the hole, so you have a chance to hole the next putt.
You have just hit your 2nd shot to 5 foot but it is behind the hole and straight down the hill, and the greens are fast. You hit your putt on the line you think is correct only to see it finish past the hole the same distance your first putt was.
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The killer here is the speed of the putt, downhill putts will always be faster which makes sense. Next time you are faced with this type of putt loosen your grip to where the putter feels light as a feather. Doing this will take the tension out of your stroke and deaden impact, so the ball comes off slower. Also, a much shorter backswing and follow-through are needed. When lining up the putt allow for a little bit more break as the golf ball will be traveling slower than normal and will take more break.
You will notice that the golf ball now will traveling like it is in slow motion end over end towards the hole. The hardest putt in golf has now become an easier one, also do not forget to take a deep breath and exhale before you hit the put, this will also take the tension out of your hands.
Have you heard of the yips, the most famous problem faced with when putting the short ones? Some many famous PGA Tour golfers over the years have succumbed to the yips. What are the yips it's when you take 4 putts from 3 foot to get it in the hole, the brain is not focusing on what it needs to do, so we twitch when putting especially under pressure? Has this happened to you without warning? I would say 50% of golfers over their lifetime playing golf has experienced the yips.
Have you missed a 2-foot putt several times during a round of golf over many different rounds? If the answer is yes then you could be suffering from the yips.
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Fixing the yips cannot be fixed in one day, by that I mean we need to change the way the hand's arms and mind work together. This will take some time and perseverance, but with the right guidance, we can alter the feel and physical impact on your putting.
So the first thing needed is your sand iron, why a sand iron, it's a different club and the grip is rounded, this will give you a different feel. Grab 10 golf balls head to the practice putting green, don't forget your sand iron and leave the putter in the bag.
Stand 3 feet from the hole, set up as you normally would do. Now hover the leading edge of your sand iron off the ground and just below the top of the golf ball. Now in this position take your putting stroke and accelerate the head on an upward motion catching the top portion of the golf ball.
You must use the same stroke as you would with your putter as this will not work correctly.
This motion will impart topspin and get the golf ball rolling straight away. If the ball is skidding or the club head is hitting the ground, you are not focusing on hitting the golf ball in the top region and decelerating the club head. Take note of the feeling in your hands and arms, your brain will not know what is going on as it is something completely different to what is normally done.
Practice this for around 10 – 15 mins, try holing all 10 golf balls in a row and if you miss one go back to the start and try again. Move then to your putter for 10 putts and then head to the first tee. You will notice that on the first green there will be some new feelings running through your arms and hands, the brain will still be thinking of the sand iron drill and will not have time to sabotage your stroke.
Give this exercise some time, about one month and preserve with it. I have used this drill with many of my students over the years, and it has cured some and relieved others from the “yips.”
All these tips, if practiced will improve your game and ultimately your golf handicap. Everyone wants to reduce their handicap, achieve their goals and become the best they can be.