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Golf Putting Tips

Always a Straight Putt!!

Note that there are no grooves on the putter, it does not cause the ball to fly through the air spinning in one direction or the other. When a ball is putt on a putting green it’s important to remember that a putter is designed so that you can only hit the ball straight. There’s no point in trying to make the ball turn with the putter or the stroke. It’s the green itself that may cause the ball to turn right or left away from the straight line in which you putt the ball.

Therefore, after carefully reading the topography of the green (i.e. deciding which way the ball is going to go after you strike it with the putter and send it on its way) and selecting your target, you must align yourself with the intended target. Once in position your job is to concentrate on bringing the putter straight back and straight through the ball toward your target. As the putter will only hit the ball in one direction (straight forward), following these steps will ensure that you hit the ball toward your target.

Too many people line up a putt worrying about the break in the green and it’s upcoming effect on the path of the ball. As a result, they tend to push or pull the ball to compensate for the undulations in the green. Trust yourself to have read the green correctly and just hit a straight putt at the target you’ve selected. You may be surprised how often you’re correct.

Distance Control

How often do you miss a putt 5 or 6 feet to the left or right? Regardless of your handicap, I’ll bet, “not that many!”

How often does a putt end up 5 or 6 feet ong or short? Probably a lot more!

This is typical of most golfers and suggests that most three putts are due not to a poor aim or lack of ability to read the green but instead due to a lack of distance control.

In order to be more consistent on the green it is important to avoid ‘deceleration’ during the putting stroke. Deceleration occurs when the putter slows down (even very slightly) during the forward stroke as it approaches the golf ball. It can cause havoc with distance control. Deceleration does not always result in putts stopping short of the hole. Sometimes putts are too long and sometimes they are too short. If what we have said here describes your putting you may be decelerating during the stroke.

In order to avoid this dreaded malady make a conscious effort to follow through on every putt and not end the stroke once the ball is contacted. In order to ensure that you do not decelerate when putting I use a technique that I have found to be very successful. Every time that you putt, make sure that the follow through (distance the putter travels after impact) is twice the length of the back swing.

By developing this habit you can virtually eliminate any deceleration and become a more consistent distance putter.

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