Here’s some breaking news—putting is important! Okay, so you already knew that, but most golfers still struggle on the greens, despite understanding the importance of this part of the game. Putting practice might not always be exciting, but it is necessary. By working on this piece of the puzzle, and using technology like an outdoor golf simulator, lower scores may be in your future.
1. Find Your Center
For any given putt, you should see the center of the hole as the spot where you want the ball to enter—not necessarily the spot directly in front of you. So, take the expected break into account and use the expected entry point as your “center” when taking your stance.
2. Consistent Speed
It’s hard to adjust your speed from putt to putt, being more aggressive with some and conservative with others. Instead, try keeping your speed control relatively steady, always striving to roll the ball with enough pace to reach roughly one foot past the hole if it doesn’t fall in.
3. Keep It Moving
One of the worst things you can do for your putting performance is to take too much time standing over the ball. Once you’ve done your homework, and it’s time to make a stroke, take one last look at the hole and get on with it.
4. Light Grip Pressure
There is no need to tightly squeeze the handle of your putting when making a stroke. Keep your grip pressure light so the putter can swing freely back and through toward the target.
5. Practice Like You Play
When playing an actual round of golf, you have just one ball in play at a given time. Consider practicing this same way, instead of dropping several balls on the green at once. Using just one ball during practice will force you to focus on each putt, just as you would on the course.
6. A Key Reading Position
To get a good perspective on the vertical change in your putt—either uphill or downhill—stand halfway between the ball and the hole, on the low side. This position will make it quite easy to judge how much uphill or downhill the ball is going to travel.
7. Warm Up Correctly
If at all possible, try to get out to the practice green before starting a round of golf. Not only will you have a chance to get a rhythm going for your stroke, but you will also be able to get a gauge for the speed of the greens on the day.
8. Let It Go
It’s hard for some golfers to accept the fact that they are going to miss putts in each and every round. You’ll never make them all, so relax and do your best to make a great stroke. With proper practice and the right attitude, you should make plenty as the rounds go by.
9. Build a Relationship
You might be tempted to switch putters every time you have a bad day on the greens, but don’t fall into that trap. You’ll likely be better served by sticking with the same putter for the long run.
10. Don’t Move!
One of the keys to solid putting mechanics is simply to keep your body as still as possible while making the stroke. You should allow your shoulders to rock the club back and through while keeping everything else—including your lower body and your head—as still as you can
11. Always Adapting
The conditions you face on the greens will change from day to day, and even from hole to hole, depending on weather conditions. Adapting to changing conditions as quickly as possible is an important skill to develop.
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