How to Putt Better

 

This article on How to Putt Better will show you step by step on the proper mechanics of a solid stroke. Putting can easily account for nearly fifty percent of your score, yet, putting is one of the most overlooked part of golf. Think of a scratch player who shoots par and hits every green in regulation. Therefore, on a regulation course with a par of 72, they essentially hit 36 shots and 36 putts. Now, think of a higher handicap player who accounts for over 36 putts per round. Improving and shooting lower scores begins on the putting green and extends back to the tee. Unfortunately, most players practice in a reverse order from the tee to the putting green. Remember a 300 yard drive counts just as much as a 3 foot putt.
 

putting strokeSuccessful putters get the ball in the hole in two putts or less. The following statistics stress the importance of getting the ball close to the hole on longer putts and the importance of making the close putts. On average, a scratch golfer will make a 3-foot putt 82% of the time while they only make a 6-foot putt 48% of the time.
 

On average, an 18 handicap player will make a 3-foot putt 64% of the time while they only make a 6-foot putt 35% of the time. Finally, on average, a 36 handicap player will make as many 3-foot putts as a scratch player will make 6-foot putts. Good players make the majority of short putts. That is the secret.
The golf swing, including the putting stroke, is an athletic movement. Therefore, begin with an athletic set up and continue with the correct fundamentals. Start with your feet shoulder width and bend your knees slightly. Continue the set up by leaning forward at your hips, creating your spine angle. Position both of your thumbs so point down the flat part of the grip. Gripping the club correctly will help keep the putter square through impact.

 

the putting strokeAllow your arms and shoulders to create a triangle, which is a foundation of the golf swing. The arms should hang down below the shoulders while your eyes are positioned directly over the golf ball. The golf ball should be in the middle to slightly forward of center in your stance. After you achieve the correct set up, allow your arms and shoulders to create a rocking movement, also referred to as pendulum motion.
 

 

 

 
 

putting follow through During the backswing, the left shoulder will move down while the right shoulder moves up. Consequently, the forward swing will push left shoulder back up while the right shoulder returns to a lower position. Keep the putter low to the ground during the backswing and follow through.

The lower body should remain completely still throughout the stroke. Focus on keeping your eyes fixed down on the ball and accelerate through impact. Accelerating is the most important key on how to putt in golf. If you are timid and unsure, you are in for a tough time. Finally, avoid taking a big backswing and short forward swing. Decelerating is one of the most common mistakes in the golf swing, especially on the short putts.

Creating a swing with minimal extra movements will ensure an efficient, consistent and repeatable putting stroke so you will hole more putts throughout your round.

by Matt Keller
PGA Professional

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