Ingredients to Great Putting
By: Dan Davis, PGA Professional Thousand Hills Golf Resort and Missouri Golf Instruction
This article is meant to explain 3 basic fundamentals of putting. Not all golfers will choose these golf putting tips, yet most amateurs should. The reason that this method is best for amateurs is that the tips are easy to remember and helps accommodate those whom are strapped for practice time.
♦Eyes Over the Ball – Most novice golfers do not spend near enough time making sure that their eyes are in the correct position over the ball. Your eyes should be directly over your putting line when at the address position. To test this place a golf ball between your eyes when at the address position and let it fall. The ball should land either directly on the ball you are putting or at least on the same line. This activity is one of the many golf putting tips that is simple to execute and can quickly identify problems with positioning.
♦Pendulum Stroke – The putting stroke is very much a feel type action yet needs to be as repeatable as possible. I always refer to a grandfather clock when teaching this step. The pendulum on these clocks will consistently follow the same path unless the base of the clock is disturbed. When putting it is important that you have very little movement in you feet, legs, back, wrists, elbows and head. Unlike a true pendulum in the clock which has only one fulcrum point, our putting stroke must have two represented at the shoulder joints. This combined with a slight amount of shoulder movement will produce the closest stroke possible to a true pendulum.
♦Distance Control – Controlling distance in the putting stroke can be accomplished in several different ways. Due to a very limited amount of practice time allowed by most golfers I like to teach a method considered to be a bit more mechanical. I believe that the distance of the backswing has a direct relationship on the distance of the putt. This will be true as long as the forward swing is always accelerated at the same rate. This will allow for more acceleration with a long backswing and less with a shorter one. This process still must be refined with different green speeds but the basic process and this golf putting tip can always be used.
Implementing these golf putting tips can help improve your putting positioning, stroke and control. Together these factors can greatly affect your handicap and make the difference between a birdie, par, or a bogey. View Dan’s video with Shoji Tabuchi to Improve Your Putting and learn even more great tips from a pro.
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