Putting to Perfection
Studies show that about 43% of all the golf shots you hit are putts. Of those, the vast majority are likely within 15 feet of the hole for the average golfer.
Obviously, you know how important putting is to your score or you would not be reading this e-book. There are many ways to improve your golf game, but only one way to improve your score. That is by making more putts.
I’m not going to take up much of your time today, but just by reading this book and following the advice you will improve your putting.
That’s because I will be telling you things to make putting easier rather than trying to improve your putting stroke. The search for the perfect stroke is far over rated.
If you use all of the advantages you have on the green, you will make more putts even with the stroke you have.
Many golfers are willing to spend many hours slamming drives down the practice range and feel they are ready to burn the course once they get their drives and long irons flying though the air.
What many golfers fail to realise is that the drive is just one shot. A putt missed from 6 inches is one more stroke on the scorecard with the same outcome as your 300 yard show drive. Putting is the closure to each and every hole and the more you can reduce the number of putts you take per round the quicker your overall scores and your handicap will come down.
So how do we take 6 shots off your round?
I should have titled this section practice, practice and practice again. You need to spend many hours on the putting green honing your skill and as importantly building your confidence.
Golf is a game of confidence, how many times have you gone out in a competition or even just a bounce game, step onto the first green and three putt. How many times has this poor putting continued for the rest of the round?
There is no logical reason for this, once a putt is over it has no bearing on any other putts. However your poor putting on the first round is like a trigger for your brain.
How many times do you putt badly on the first hole and then your mind takes over. “Just not going to be my day for putting”,” I knew at the start my putting wasn’t strong enough” followed by the killers, “my putting can only get worse”, “I am not looking forward to this putt”.
Incredible that one or two bad putts sets the whole outcome of your round and all because of your self talk.
How do you get around this?
Practice Routine 1
That is where practice comes in. You need to find yourself a repeatable stroke that you can completely depend upon.
The hours you spend on practice green gives you the opportunity to hone your swing to one that you are completely comfortable with and that is repeatable without any thought on your part.
A good practice tip to build up your confidence in your swing is to head off to the practice green with a dozen balls.
Stand about one foot from the hole and then one by one putt the 12 balls into the hole. When you are consistently sinking each and every one from one foot, then move back to about three foot from the hole and repeat the process.
Again when you have putted them all into the hole then move back to about 6 feet from the hole. If you miss a putt from three feet then you should start again with the 12 balls until you putt them all into the hole.
Do the same from 6 feet then 12 feet and then out to 15 feet. This routine will keep you busy on the putting green for a long time, however you will be amazed and surprised as to how quickly your putting score will improve, at the same time you will be building your repeatable swing and your putting confidence.
Next time you are out on the course with a pressure putt take your mind back to the practice green where you putted these with ease. You will stand over the ball with more confidence and your number of putts will reduce round by round.
Practice Routine 2
Another good practice tip is to put two tees into the ground just slightly further apart than the width of a golf ball. From about 10 feet try and put a ball between the tees without hitting a tee.
This is great practice routine for when you have a breaking putt and you cannot aim directly at the hole. Find the point you need to aim for to let the ball break to the hole.
Imagine the two tees that you used on the practice green placed at the point you need to aim at to get the correct break. You should find that the time spent on the practice green with the two tees will enable you to pick and hit the exact spot that you need to get the correct break.
I am not a great advocate of spending a lot of money on clubs unless you are a seriously good low handicap golfer and you need the technology to make the difference to your handicap.
I do not believe the average golfer has to spend ridiculous amounts of money to get a set of clubs that will see him round the course.
The only time I will contradict myself is with the putter. Putting is so critical to your score that you need to find the putter that you are comfortable playing with and the one that when you stand over the ball with a difficult putt fills you full of confidence.
Go to your local Professional or to your local golf shop. Try various putters until you find one that you are comfortable with.
Do not impulse buy, most Golf Professionals will let you take a putter out to the practice green or even use the putter in a couple of bounce rounds to ensure that the putter is the correct one for you.
It is worth taking the time in selecting your putter, it will become your most critical club in your bag and one that will be the greatest help in reducing your handicap and making your round more pleasurable.
Practice your putting using the above techniques, work with your professional to get the putter that suits you and get out there and take those shots off your card.
You will be surprised how with application and practice your putter will become your friend and not as for most high handicap golfers their worst enemy.