How to use a putter?

Eighty percent of putting is feel, touch, and judging distance and speed. Proper mechanics make up the other twenty percent. In this lesson we will talk about the the differences between feel and mechanics. We will go over proper putting mechanics and discuss the important putting strategies to improve your game.  Putting is the easiest part of your game to practice. You can do it anywhere. At home, at the office, or on a putting green at the range. Great putters are not born; they are the result of a lot of hard work and practice. With that in mind this lesson is to teach the basics that you can apply while pacticing. 

How to putt

The key for a successful putt is to keep your hands relatively centered in front of your body.

Always try to hit the ball far enough. Keep your putter face square. Don’t move your head.
Palm of your hand should go directly towards the target. Head should always be directly over the ball. Also Always keep your elbows close to your body. Your backswing should be as much as your front swing. Think of it as a pendulum motion only moving your shoulders.


The most important part of putting is “feel”, the subjective and intangible aspects of it. For Example, feel would be visualizing the ball trajectory to the hole after considering the green slpoe and speed, or determining the correct strength to use when putting.


Proper mechanics will increase the consistancey of your putting stroke, build up your confidence, and increase your chances of regularly holing the ball. We dive much further into putting mechanics in our lessons portion of the website. If you are wanting more information regarding putting mechanics click here!


common mistakes

Here’s one of the common mistake the amateurs make.

There are as many putting strokes as there are golfers. So it is easy to hear a lot of different approaches to golf. That is the mistake most people make is trying different putting techniques all the while never really practicing a consistent putting technique. 

Here are some basics that will help give you a base to start developing your own putting technique and increase your odds of holing out the ball.  There are three situations that can cause a missed putt. Incorrect club head path, off target club face angle, and contact off the sweet spot.

Average Putts Per Round

Based on a recent national survey, these are the average putts per round for different handicap levels.

Handicap Women Men
0 31.3 30.8
10 32.1 32.1
20 33.2 34.7
30 34.9 37.4
40 37.1 40.1