Of all the clubs in your bag, you use the putter the most during the course. Never underestimate the importance of putting; after all, you goal is to put the ball in the ball with as the least strokes possible. Take the following tips to become confident in your technique:
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1. Practice, practice, practice
Only by practicing diligently on a regular basis can you overcome your mistake and become a better player.
Try to putt the ball in various distances to practice distance control. Practices for both short putts and long putts are necessary. For short putts, place several balls around the golf holes (from all sides) and putt each ball. For long putts, don’t try to aim for a hole and think about the distance instead; you should aim to get the ball as close to the edge as possible without going over. Since long putts are hard, let’s practice what is called “spot putting” by visualizing an imaginary spot along the putting line (about 3 feet in front of you). The ball will roll through that spot to the hole if you visualize the spot correctly.
Very serious golfers even build their own backyard putting green.
There are people who even practice putting in the dark as they can develop a feel for all types of thing that are not available with naked eyes (like grass moisture).
2. Learn to read the putting green seriously
It is recommended that you start to evaluate the green as you walk up to it from the fairway. From this angle, you can have a very good perspective about the green’s topography and general slope.
Stand behind the ball and visualize in your head about the ball will turn when it approaches the golf hole. After that, reserve your position to look at the ball from behind the hole to have a full view of the slope. To complete, stand to the target’s side to analyze the break.
Pay attention to the grain of the grass as it can affect the ball speed and the ball tends to break towards the direction where the grain grows. If what you see is dull, dark green, the grain may grow towards you and slow down the putt. In case of shiny, light green, the grain is with you.
3. Grip the putter properly
Avoid gripping the club too tightly: it is a classic beginner’s mistake. Too much grip pressure will result in inconsistent putting stroke. Instead, you should just grip the putter lightly in your fingers with a reasonable amount of pressure to prevent slipping. Make sure you can control the club comfortably and swing naturally.
For every putt, maintain a consistent tempo and apply the same grip pressure regardless of the distance and angle: that is the key for becoming a better putter. Being able to control the pace of putter is a huge advantage that increases your chance of getting the ball into the hole.
4. Make good eye contact
Knowing where to look when putting is critical if you want to stroke along the proper path. You eyes should be directly over the putting line (that is the path of the ball to the hole). Looking out too far to the side can distort your viewpoint. With correct eye contact, your body posture is also adjusted accordingly: your feet and body are kept parallel to the line.