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Golf Putting Basics Improve Your Game

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Proper putting fundamentals are essential to helping you lower your handicap.

The best players in the world agree that without sound putting, you are cheating yourself out of a better handicap.

Here are some of Tiger’s putting methods paraphrased from his best-selling book ‘TIGER WOODS – How I Play Golf’

Under Pressure
Easy does it when it comes to your putter grip pressure. The lighter your grip pressure, the more you will be able to feel the weight of the putterhead at the other end of the shaft. Heavy grip pressure will cause you to manipulate the clubhead to keep it on your putting line.

Stand Tall
Putting posture can also make a big difference. Hunching over the ball doesn’t allow you to see the line properly. Proper posture allows the arms to hang freely from the shoulders which creates more room to swing back and through your stroke.

The ‘Eyes’ Have It
Position your eyes directly over the ball at address. This enables you to see the line better and assures that you are setting your stance the proper distance away from the ball. If your head is perched out beyond the ball, there is a tendency to pull the putt to the left or manipulate the clubface during the stroke to make it track on line.

Golf Putting Basics Improve Your Game

Get Into A Groove
Develop a preputt routine to create a smooth rhythm and a steady repetitive pace. Routines are variable from golfer to golfer. However, good putters, once they have established a routine that sets them at ease, tend to stick to it for every single putt.

Pure Pendulum
Smooth putting strokes are achieved by a rhythmic stroke swung back then through at the same speed. A good method for setting the pace of your stroke speed is to simulate your regular walking tempo. That rhythm makes it much easier to keep your stroke on the swing path and keep the clubhead aligned square to the target. Regulate distances by either lengthening or shortening the stroke, not by a sudden burst of speed.

Keep A Steady Head
It’s always tempting to look at where your ball is tracking right after you make contact. Good putters will keep their heads still until well after they have made the stroke. Even the slightest head movement can cause you to alter the swing path just a fraction but that’s enough to send the ball and the clubface off the target line. Practice by counting ‘one thousand and one’ to yourself after the stroke has been made and before looking up.

Six Key Elements of Great Putting

1. Same Length Stroke, Back and Through
2. Let Shoulders and Arms Do Most of the Work
3. Allow Wrists to Hinge Slightly
4. Your Arms and Putter Act as One
5. Keep Your Head Steady
6. Don’t Peek

There’s some good, simple advice here to get you going in the right direction. Practice won’t make you perfect, but it will make you a much better golfer.