Golf Putting Techniques
Putting is the final step in completing a hole and it can make the difference between a good round and a terrible round of golf. To be able to get your ball into the hole in a minimum number of strokes often depends on your putting skills. Putting is a difficult technique requiring a lot of practice before you can master it. Besides the techniques of the Golf Putting Swing you will need in Reading the Green. Reading the Green helps you in deciding how much force you need to put on your shot. In reading, you need to consider the slope of the green, the length of the grass, the direction of the grain and the wind direction and speed.
To be able to Putt good, you should maintain a still and relaxed body and use a Pendulum-Like Swing using only your arms and your shoulders. In order to Putt correctly, follow the following steps when you Putt - in practice or in the Green:
- Putting Grip. Grip your club using either a modified overlapping grip or a cross handed grip whichever is comfortable for you. If your wrist bends as you hit the ball, the cross-handed grip is best for you.
- Set up with your ball in line with your belt buckle and nose. Make sure you are looking down directly at the ball
- You may slightly crouch or stand upright when Putting, whichever is more comfortable, but make sure you can freely move your arms.
- A long-shafted Putter is a good choice if you have a hard time keeping your hands and wrists steady throughout the Putting Stroke.
- You should also be able to read the green to determine the speed and force you will put on your shot.
- Think of a pendulum on a grandfather clock and take your Putter about ten inches away from the ball
- Strike the ball. The closer you can come to taking your Putter straight back from the ball and swinging it straight through on a line, the better chance your Putt will go where you direct it.
- Your follow-through should also go the same as your backswing. If you started ten inches from the ball, your follow-through must also be ten inches.
- With all things equal, the ball will travel longer downhill and shorter uphill
- The trick in Putting stroke is distance control. Try practicing with different distances in the backswing and the forward swing. This way you determine how far the ball will roll on the ground when a swing of a certain length is applied to it.
- When Putting, it is sometimes best to aim on lagging the ball in a good position than to get it into the Hole.
- As in all things Practice makes Perfect so combine your time on the Driving Range with sufficient time on the practice greens.
Remember that the person whose ball is farthest from the hole is the one with the honors of Putting first. If someone Putts before you, mark the spot and take your ball. However, if your marker is in the way of another's Putt, ask the Golfer if he wants you to move it. If he says yes, put your marker one clubhead from its original position. Make sure you move it away and not closer to the hole. After the other person take his shot, move your marker back to its original position. Forgetting to replace your marker will mean Two Penalty Strokes. When it is already your turn to Putt, replace your ball by putting it just in front of your marker and then slide your marker back and take it.
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