The way to have success on the putting greens is to remember to keep your system and routine as simple as possible. Putting is an entirely personal thing and I think that is the way that it should be. It should be your own style.
There is really no right or wrong way on how to setup or stand over the ball. Then you have to try to keep all of the precise and mechanical thoughts out of the way. You want to think of the pace you want the ball to roll and how far right or left of the hole the ball should travel.
You want to think of it this way; the object is to see how close you can come to the hole each time. One of the nice things about this is that, if the ball goes in, it is a bonus. If you have watched the sport over the years, you know that there have been very successful putters, with very radical styles. That tells you that you can do whatever is comfortable for you.
1.) You need to be relaxed and comfortable before you putt. If your body is tense and your arms are as stiff as boards and don’t forget all the other tensing up things that are done prior to hitting the ball, your success rate is not going to be very good. Stay relaxed… Remember the object is to see how close to the hole you can come each time!
2.) If you want to make more putts, you need to strike the ball in the middle of the putter face. You can usually hear and feel a solidly struck putt. This should be your #1 goal, to hit the ball in the middle of the putter face. By the way, a lot of putts miss because they were not hit in the middle of the clubface. Not because you picked the wrong line or speed. If you don't hit the ball in the middle of the putter, then the following is going to happen. This one is on one of the most important area's of putting that you can have. What is that you are asking, that happens to be controlling your distance when you are putting. Learn more about this tip now, putting distance control.
3.) Try not to change your putting stroke to often, just try to hit the ball solidly each time.
4.) One of the main keys is your tempo - back and through. It doesn't matter if your tempo is fast, slow or in between, just be consistent with it back and then through. “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough”
5.) Try not to get to anxious and see what the ball is doing, stay down and through the putt. Don’t PEEK. Chances are if you PEEKED, you probably watched another putt miss the cup.
This is another reason putts miss, is because you get quick picking your head up. This will also cause you not to hit the ball squarely in the center of the putter face. Don’t forget, this is a very natural occurrence to want to see where the ball is going before it’s gone.
Everybody has this problem even the pros.
Try this, count to one after you strike the ball in order for you to remain down and through the putt. If you watch Anika and Tiger, they could have a 5-10 ft putt, and their heads are barely coming up when the ball is going into the hole. That should tell you something right there.
By following these guidelines and remember that the object is to see how close you can get the ball to the hole, and you should see improvement in your putting. About the author: I am an avid golfer that doesn’t get to play as much as I would like. My son and I developed the putting system Putt Lights Out, to improve each of our putting abilities with little to no practice necessary.
Here is another great golf tip, well it is on putting. This one is on one of the most important area's of putting that you can have. What is that you are asking, that happens to be controlling your distance when you are putting. Learn more about this tip now, putting distance control.
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