Monday, 30 September 2013

4 Putting Tips From The Professionals

By Darren

The best way to improve your putting as quickly as possible is to put time into working your distance control. The reason? Most of your approach shots will likely be from a medium-to-long range of distance.

Here are some simple, yet extremely useful putting tips to get you going:

Always Set Your Eyes & Shoulders Perfectly Parallel To The Putting Line

Once your putter face is in aim with the target, set your eyes and shoulders in perfect alignment with that line. This is the only way to get an accurate perspective of the pathway to the hole. Should you make a habit of viewing the pathway with your eyes inside or outside of the line, and are having trouble putting, this is undoubtedly caused by an inaccurate view.

Forget Style – Just Putt The Ball

Always remember that putting doesn't have to look good, it just has to get the job done. When it comes to putting, looks are not important as the end result is.

Take A Quick Look  (One Time) At Your Target & Just Swing!

One of the greatest changes that I made, and which produced the best results in my putting success, was to stop standing over the ball for so long trying to analyze every bit of information I could about the shot.

The key is to focus still, while speeding up the process a bit. Too much thinking about your technique, length of stroke, and ground conditions will cause fear. Instead, get set up, take one quick look at your target, hold that image in your head, and simply swing. You'll be amazed at how many more putts will sink in the hole from now on.

Find The Sweet Spot Of The Putter, And Use It

Another key to consistently successful putts is to strike the ball from the sweet spot on your putter. Don't know how to find the sweet spot? Simply hold the club vertically in between your thumb and index finger. Make sure you are holding the putter directly in front of your eyes.

Now tap on the clubface with something small and firm, like a pen or a golf tee. Each time you strike the clubface and the putterhead twists, continue hitting it until the putterhead moves straight back. This is the sweet spot. Learn to use it.