PERFECT YOUR PUTTING MECHANICS
Putting can make or break your golf game. Putt well and you will make tough shots look easy and long shots look like tap-ins. One could write a book about putting technique (and indeed, many people have), but you can boil down the main things you need to know into five key steps.
In this lesson we will teach you the basic mechanics to producing consistant accurate putts. But these basics don’t ensure your going to be a great putter. Practice is what makes great putters and there is no eaiser stroke to practice then your putting stroke. This can be done anywhere, office, home, or in your backyard. We will just give you the fundamentals to help you practice putting the most efficent way.
STEP 1 – READING THE GREEN
Start reading the green from the fairway. As you aproch the green start looking at it’s profile and how it slopes. Once on the green attempt to read the putt with your feet. Walk from the ball to the hole to give you a clear pitcure of the putt length. Note the surface of the green as well. Is it hard (fast), spongy (slow), or does it slope?
Grass Grain – The grain will effect the speed of the putt. If the green look shiny your are putting WITH the grain (faster putts). If the greens look dull you are putting AGAINST the garin (slowe putts). The grain will also effect the BREAK of the putt. When AGAINST the grain the BREAK is LESS and WITH the Grain the BREAK is MORE. Bent grass water seeking and leans with the drainage and away from moutains.
Be Aware – Late in the day the green will be slower and will BREAK LESS. On a windy day the greens will be faster because the grass will be dryed out.
STEP 2 – GRIP
There are many grips that work but a palm facing one is your best bet. The back of your left hand should face the line of the putt. Place your fingers comfortably on the club. You may overlap some fingers, or putt cross-handed. The key is to have your hands working together with no wrist action.
Grip Pressure – Wheather using light or firm grip pressure, it is important to keep the same amount throughout the putting stroke. Changing pressure can result in sudden acceleration or deceleration of the putterhead causing loss of direction and feel for the distance.
STEP 3 – STANCE
Aim your putter where you want to hit the ball first then align your feet parallel in the sam direction the line on the top of your putter. Keep your weight centered and equally balanced on both feet. Swivel your head back and forth to look at the hole. Keep Your eyes over the ball. This makes it easier to obtain correct alignment. It will help to maintain a straight back and straight-through stroke.
Posture – Position shoulders parallel to the target line. To visualize correct alignment, place a club under your arms and across your chest forming a triangle with your hands. Maintain the triangle (shoulders to hands) intact and in a fixed position.
STEP 4 – STROKE
In a well-executed stroke, some body parts (hands, wrists, arms, chest, shoulders) move, while others (feet, knees, hips, head, eyes) do not.Managing the action (or lack thereof) is critical otherwise, you’ll have little chance of starting the ball on your intended line, to say nothing about rolling it at the correct pace based on your read and putt length.
Use a pendulum action to stroke the ball. Look at the ball and not the club durring yoru backstroke. There should be no turning what-so-ever. This is all Backswing whould be euqal with your follow through.
The key is to marry or coordinate all the moving parts so that they work in concert not against each other during your stroke. Doing so makes returning the putter to its most optimal position at impact a breeze.
STEP 5 – IMPACT
The goal is to strike the middle of the ball with the middle of the putter face while returning the shaft to its original 90-degree start position and the face square to your start line. To accelerate through impact, keep the handle of the putter moving past your left knee towards the target.
Follow Through – Keep your head down and follow the ball after hitting it by swivelling your head. This ensures good posture during the stroke and maintains your focus on the ball.
By nailing the all these steps, you’ll make pure, square contact become second nature, and kick those round-killing short misses and three-putts to the curb for good.