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Making More Putts

Making More Putts To Lower Your Handicap!

Making More PuttsEach individual golfer understands (or ought to know) that making more putts is undoubtedly among  THE most significant parts of your golfing round.

It is also the quickest method to reduce every golfers score since it requires much less time for you to develop into an improved putter than it does to improve your swing mechanics.

So what exactly should you be thinking about for making more putts?

That is simple for making more putts… Putt as if you are going to make each and every putt!

You have probably heard the argument that for those longer putts you should just lag the ball close enough to the hole for an easy short putt.

The problem with thinking like this is when you focus on getting the golf ball close to hole, you are not focusing on a selected a point on the green, your are focusing on just an area around the hole, and this way of thinking can sometimes lead to a difficult second putt.

A better way of thinking as you prepare to putt is, “I can make that putt.”

Now after saying that, you need to ensure that you are managing the distance of the putt to ensure that your are leaving a relatively easy second putt.

Since we amateur golfers do not stiff the approach shots to within 6 feet of the hole, you need to devote more time on the practice putting green developing a better feel for the longer putts that you encounter during a each round of golf.

If you generally leave putts outside of 8 feet following your approach shots, you should spend more putting practice time from that distance.

The same rule should be followed for making more putts if you average 12 or 20 feet from the hole.

Develop a practice putting regiment from those distances you normally hit your approach shots to and you will see improvement in your putting and begin making more putts.

It’s All In The Putting Grip

It’s All In The Putting Grip.

Putting GripsIf you are searching for the best, most reliable putting grip, here is some bad news. There is not one perfect putting grip that will help you make more putts. Believe me I have tried them all.

In fact if you watch the Pros and your golfing buddies, it does not really matter which one you use. Putting grips come in all configurations and sizes almost equal to the number of golfers you know and watch.

While there are  basically only 3 choices when it come to gripping the putter, there seems to be new ways of gripping a putter showing up all the time.

First, there is the traditional grip, then the the left hand low, the claw, the paintbrush, split-handed, reverse, and so on. And let’s not forget the long and belly-putters being used by more and more golfers looking for an advantage.

So why are all these different grips being used? It is because they all try to help the golfer keep the wrists from breaking down during the putting stroke. Breaking the wrist is one of the reasons for the Yips.

When the wrists break down during the putting stroke:

* the face-angle of the putter will either open or close slightly
* you are adding or decreasing the loft of the putter up to 3 degrees and more
* you strike the ball on the putter face up to an inch off-center.

If you are doing any of these – even a little bit – while putting then you are missing putts. And recording extra strokes on the score card.

So many different things can go wrong with a putt if any of these things happen preventing the putter face from being perfectly square when it meets the ball. And this is one of the biggest reasons why amateur golfers missed so many putts every day.

I bet you do not realize that you are doing these things with your putting grip during a putt. Check what your wrist is doing using a putting mat or during putting practice on the putting green.

Learning how to keep your wrists straight, and from breaking down during the putting stroke is one of the fastest ways to a lower golf score.

When you learn to keep your wrists still in the putting stroke, the ball will start going where you want. And those are the putts that get you Par’s and Birdie’s!

Using a sound putting grip that feels comfortable and helps to keep the wrist straight each and every time will lead to more putts dropping in the cup and lowing your handicap!

Selecting a New Putter

When golfers are putting poorly, they usually look to their equipment as being the cause. But most of the time it is not the equipment. Most of the time it is the golfers lack of confidence in themselves than it is the club itself.

Now you see PGA Tour players with long putters, belly putters, two ball putters. Some of the putters have a crazy looking putter heads and grips.

Then you also see different grips such as the “claw grip”, left hand low, and God knows how many others.

You see these things so frequently because players lose confidence in their ability, not because they are having equipment issues.

When it is time to get a new putter, there are only a few things that really matter. The most important thing is to pick a putter that is easy for you to line up. Reread that sentence about five times. It is that important.

If you can’t line up your putter properly, you can’t putt well. Mine has three lines on the top of a fairly small semi mallet head.

Once you have a putter you can line up, you can make the small adjustments required to adapt the new putter to your stance and address.

It is individual unique adjustments that make a new putter spur one onto improved putting. It is the result of doing something just a little out of the normal.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to get out of a putting funk. But the truth is, it’s never the putter’s fault. Keep that in mind before you go out spend a bunch of money on something that will probably not help you in the long term.

After selecting your new putter you want to practice with it on an indoor putting mat to get a feel for the putter before putting on a practice putting green.

Good luck with your selection.

Welcome To This Putting Mat Site

Welcome to this Putting Mat website dedicated to providing valuable information to help you choose a Putting Mat that will help you reduce those dreaded three putts and lower the number of putts per round.

Indoor putting mats and putting greens come in various lengths, sizes, and prices. Some even come with slopes, curves, and hazards to make the putting practice a little challenging. You can vary the length of your putts from about three to fifteen feet long. Most of the cups that comes with the putting mats are a little smaller than the cups in the golf course greens. This is good because it will help you to sharpen your putting skills and feel. Practicing on a putting mat should make the regulation cup to appear to be larger. Most of the putting mats come in a variety of shapes and lengths which will provide you the feel of putting on a realistic green.

Most artificial putting mats are portable and are easy to store. Some can even be rolled up for storage, placing into a car, and even carried on an airplane. A number of the putting mats even come with an automatic ball return.

Good luck in reviewing and choosing the right putting mat for your putting practice indoor and outdoor.

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