When you think about the game of golf, what comes to mind? For many, it’s likely the image of a golfer standing over a challenging putt, green grass as far as the eye can see and bright sunshine. While these are all key elements of the game, putting is arguably one of the most important aspects to perfecting if you want to be great. In this article we will be taking a look at some of the top tips and tricks when it comes to golf putting. Putting is an art in and of itself because there are so many small details that most people never even think about. It’s these little things that make all the difference when it comes to converting your opportunities into birdies!
TIP 1 – Sight Your Putting Stroke
This may seem like a silly tip, but it’s actually really important! Often times we get so focused on the details that we forget the big picture. That’s why it’s critical to make sure you are sighting your putting stroke correctly. From a technical perspective, when putting you want to make sure that you are lining up your eyes directly over the ball. It may sound silly, but this will give you a great visual of exactly where your putter is going to hit the ball. This can be especially helpful for beginners who are still getting used to the feel of a putter in their hands. By sighting their stroke, they can make sure that they have the proper alignment and are hitting the ball in the right spot every time. From there, it’s just a matter of maintaining that visual alignment throughout the putting stroke. It’s important not to get too focused on other things and lose sight of this important detail.
TIP 2 – Grip, Grip, Grip!
Putting is all mental, right? Well, sort of. Yes, it is important to stay relaxed and confident on the green, but you also need to make sure that your grip is correct. A proper grip is essential for both accuracy and consistency. It will allow you to control the stroke and put some real spin on the ball. For a right-handed golfer, make sure that you have your left palm over the top of the handle with your fingers wrapped around the back of the putter. It’s important to make sure that you have a firm grip on the putter, but not too tight. You want to make sure that there’s a nice bit of pressure on the handle so that the putter is actually making contact with the palms of your hands. This is a great way to make sure that you are getting a consistent and accurate stroke.
TIP 3 – Stance, Setup, and Posture
When you’re setting up to the ball, you want to make sure that you’re doing everything correctly. From your feet to your posture, everything needs to be in the right position or you’re going to have a very difficult time getting the ball inside the hole. From a distance, your setup should look like an upside-down “V” with your front foot directly under the ball and your back foot slightly behind the ball. It’s also important to make sure that your posture is slightly bent from the knees. This will allow you to lean into your putt a bit more so that you can hit the ball with a little more force. You also want to make sure that you are keeping your head still throughout the putting stroke. This will help to prevent you from dropping your head and losing sight of the ball. Ideally, you want to keep your head still and your eyes fixed on the ball until it begins to roll towards the hole. If you find yourself dropping your head, you can use your putter to provide a bit of a guide and help you keep your head in the right position.
TIP 4 – Watch the Ball, not the Hole
This is a very common mistake that golfers make when putting. As we mentioned above, you want to keep your head still and eyes fixed on the ball. However, if you’re anything like me, the moment you start to focus on the ball and the distance that it’s going to travel, the numbers start to fly around in your head. Next thing you know, you’ve completely lost focus on the ball. This can be a very tough thing to avoid, but it’s important to keep your focus on the ball. If you’re struggling to do this, one trick that can help is to simply close your eyes when you begin to focus on the numbers. It’s important to note that you don’t want to keep your eyes closed the entire time. Instead, close your eyes for a few seconds and then reopen them. This will allow you to get a better visual of the ball and help to keep your head still.
Tip 5 – Commit to your putting stroke
The psychology of putting is a very real thing. That’s why it’s so important to commit to your stroke and make sure that you are confident in your putting. If you are unsure of your stroke or hesitant on the green, it’s going to be very difficult for you to convert your opportunities into birdies. It can be helpful to visualize your putting stroke before you hit the green. This will allow you to get a sense of exactly how you want to make contact with the ball. It can also be a great way to clear your head and get your confidence up before you head out onto the green.
TIP 6 – Fixing Incorrect Putting Strokes
There is only so much you can do to correct improper putting strokes. Most of the time, you just need to get out there and start putting so that you can get a real feel for how your stroke is. However, if you know that you have some bad habits, it can help to go to the driving range and use some different types of balls to help you fix those putting strokes. For example, if you are struggling to get some spin on the ball, you can go to the range and put it with some heavier or softer balls. Likewise, if you are struggling to get the ball rolling towards the hole, you can putt with some lighter and slower balls. It may sound silly, but experimenting with different types of balls can make a big difference in your putting.
TIP 7 – Adjustments for different conditions
Putting on different greens can be tricky. In order to make sure that your putting is consistent regardless of the type of grass, you need to make some adjustments to your stroke. With firmer and faster greens, you will want to increase the speed of your stroke and really commit to your putt. This will help to ensure that the ball is hit harder and rolls towards the hole more quickly. On softer or slower greens, it’s important to make sure that you don’t putt too hard. This will help to control the speed of your stroke and ensure that the ball is hit gently and gradually rolls towards the hole.
TIP 8 – Stay relaxed! Don’t let doubt creep in!
Putting is a very mental game. That’s why it’s so important to stay relaxed and confident on the green. If you find yourself getting tense and nervous, it’s important that you find a way to calm down. Don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and focus on the process. If you find that you’re still struggling to calm down, you can try some stretching exercises or a few visualization techniques. There is nothing wrong with taking a few extra seconds to collect yourself if you need to. After all, there is no sense in rushing and making more mistakes because you’re too tense to hit the ball. Keep in mind that you are still playing a game. It can help to shift your mindset away from being competitive and focus on the fun of golf and the challenge of the putting green.
Putting is an art, and it takes a lot of practice to become good at it. Luckily, there are many ways to practice your putting and improve your game. First, you need to make sure that your putting green is the right length for you, and that it is in good condition. You also need to make sure that you have the right putter for your height, and that you have the right grip on the putter so that you are able to control your