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Hold Your Posture To Make More Putts

Stay Still To Make More Putts

Make More PuttsOne of the most common faults of golfers for missing putts is movement during the stroke. Lets look at how you can make more putts.
Golfers (even myself) are guilty of watching where their ball is going right after they make the stroke and tend to quickly look up to watch their ball.This causes them to move from their original posture. Most golfers are unaware of how much they actual move during the putting stroke.When you  look up too quickly you tend to “straighten up” causing your shoulders to open up too soon. This results in the path of the stroke  move to the left and closing the club face slightly. This is the reason most missed putts end up left of the target. On the practice green and indoor putting mats pay close attention to your posture as you line up and address your putt to make more putts.

After you have struck your putt, hold your follow-through for about 3-6 seconds after the ball leaves the club face and check the following:

1. Has you body remained in it’s original address position?
2. Is the path of your putter still on the correct target line?
3. Has you putter face remained square to the target?

If any of these 3 things happen, you could be losing strokes on the putting green due to missed putts.

Remember to keep your address position well after you’ve struck your putt. This alone will help your putting stroke stay square to your target and help you make more putts.

Next time you’re watching golf on TV, pay attention to the Professionals when they putt, and you’ll see them keeping their posture. Watch their head and shoulders to determine how still they remain while they are putting. During some telecast I have heard the commentators express that he is missing putts because he is moving during the putting stroke.

Relax Over Those Tough Short Putts…

Short Putts

Relax Over Those Tough Short Putts…

There is more pressure on those short putts than driving the ball or your approach to the green. And this is what brings those nerves out. One thing that can help you when you get nervous over a putt, is to lower your expectations.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Most recreational golfers are fixated on making every one of those short putts (2 foot, 3 foot, 5 foot, or 8 foot).

This causes you to put WAY too much pressure on yourself and creates an inability to relax during the stroke.

What you do for this, is to simply focus on putting the ball to an area around the hole depending on how far away the putt is. It could be a 2 foot, 3 foot, or even a 5 foot diameter around the hole.

Use whatever will give you the most confidence for making the next short putt.

The further away you are, the larger you can make your target area.

Forget about the hole entirely and just focus on the area around the hole you’ve chosen. And if the putt happens to go in – that’s just a bonus.

You’ll see the Pro’s doing this all the time with difficult long putts.

They putt the ball to an area that will give them the best chance of making those short putts that are left following the long putt.

They’re not actually trying to make those long putts. This takes a whole lot of pressure off if the target you’re putting to is a 3-foot circle (or 2, or 5, or whatever you choose) than a 4 1/4 inch cup.

Try this the next time you’re out playing. And remember – golf is just a game. It’s not life-or-death out there.

So take a deep breath. Stick to your routine. And above all – make sure you HAVE FUN as you stand over those short putts!


Practice those short putts at home on a putting mat.

Sink More Downhill Golf Putts

Golf PuttsDownhill golf putts are usually real tricky and create a great deal of problems for most amateur golfers.

In an issue of Golf Digest and in the “Quick Tips” section there exists an outstanding checklist for mastering downhill golf putts by Jason Day.

In the article Jason gives his personal tip on sinking those tricky downhillers.

Here is what he say:

“ONE FOOT MAX. When you’re judging speed on a downhill putt, you want the ball trickling as it gets to the hole. If you miss, you don’t want it to go any further than a foot past the cup. Missing is never good, but look on the bright side: You’ve got an uphill putt coming back.”

To make this happen time after time with downhill golf putts, or any putt, it is important you have distance control. You can practice distance control at home with an indoor putting mat.

You need to know the way to putt specific distances every time. And this is the serious problem most amateur golfers have trouble with.

Even though you miss read your golf putt by a foot left or right, as long as you’re putting it the right distance, you’re only leaving yourself a foot for your second putt.

To shoot low scores, you need to know the way to roll the ball 12 feet for a 12 foot putt.

You must know how to roll the ball 10 feet for a 10 foot putt. 9 feet. 8 feet. 6 feet. 15 feet.

If you cannot do this on demand, you will never shoot the scores you know you’re capable of – regardless how many fairways and greens you hit.

To become a better player you must master distance control on each green to reduce the number of golf putts.

Putting Distance Is Key

Putting DistanceTo become a better golfer you must know how to putt the exact putting distance each and every time. And this is one of the major problem all amateur golfers have problems with.

Even when you miss read a putt by a foot left or right while putting the golf ball the right putting distance, you will only a one foot left for you second putt. Those one foot putts are easier to make than a three foot putt if your distance control is off when you make that first putt.

To lower your scores per round, you need to develop the feel for rolling the ball xx feet for a xx foot putt.

With that in mind you need to learn how to roll the ball 10 feet for a 10 foot putt. 9 feet. 8 feet. 6 feet. 15 feet. So what ever length putt you are faced with you need to feel that distance in your stroke each and every time no matter what.

If you can not hit the putting distance on command, you will not be able to lower your scores no matter how many fairways or greens you hit.

To become a better player you have to master your distance control.


Three Golf Ball Drill

Putting TipHere is a great putting drill that can be done without a putting green. All you need is a carpet long enough to roll a ball.

Find three golf balls and drop them on the carpet so they are spread out. You want the balls to be about three to four feet apart. The good thing about this drill is that you do not need a hole in the carpet. All need is a spot to putt to.

The distance you want to work on with this drill is about four feet. Now putt the first ball the four foot distance. The important part of this drill is distance control.

The rest of the drill consist of putting the other balls so they hit the first ball. You may want to repeat this drill to get the feel for the distance and the feel of the stroke to move the ball this distance.

To expand this drill perform the same steps for putts distance six feet to twelve feet.

Here is another variation. Putt the first ball and hit the ball place on the carpet. Now putt the second ball so it hits the first ball. Then putt the third ball to hit the fourth ball. You can also use a putting mat to perform this drill.



How Do Golfers Miss Putts?

We all have missed those easy 6 to 8 foot putts and wondered: “How did I miss that one?” Well, John Brenkus, host of “ESPN Sports Science,” explains why in this video.

You may think you know all about what Brenkus is going say, but it’s still fascinating to listen to him analyze those fast greens at Augusta National Golf Course. He discusses what determines whether a putt is makeable:

  • Impact speed on the back of the cup. If your putt crosses over the center of the hole, the fastest the golf ball can roll and still go into the cup is 3.64 mph. If it travels faster it will jump off the back of the hole as move past the hole.
  • Impact parameter. The farther away from the center of the hole that a putt crosses the cup, the slower it must travel to go in. It can not travel faster than  — 2.7 mph.

It is very surprising is to learn how uphill putts, which we all want, will move away from the hole when mishit. Based on Brenkus’s discussion we should welcome downhill putts which move toward the hole even when they are mishit? Check it out the video.

Remember to practice your putting at home on a putting mat.

Discover putting tips and others putting ideas from Shawn Clement in the video below. After going through the video you will need to practice and practice these tips over and over again to improve your putting stroke and make more putts. I personally practice my putting stroke about 15 minute 3 to 4 times a week. This has helped me make more short putts and reduce the number of three putts per round.

Here are just a few of his putting tips.

Get yourself in the right posture. You want good balanced posture with your weight evenly distributed over your insteps. Try to get your eyes over the ball but if you can not, error with your eyes inside the ball.

The arms and putter need to hang from the shoulders. This will allow your shoulders, arms, and putter to move and travel all together. Your shoulders, arms, and putter should also form the letter “Y”.

Let the letter “Y” swing back and through with your putting stroke. When everything is hanging correctly from the shoulders the stroke will follow it’s own arc and line.

You want the putter to line up in front of your sternum while hanging straight down. You should also place the ball just in front of your sternum.

With this putter arc you will want to strike the ball at the bottom of the arc to get the ball rolling properly.

These putting tips from Shawn can be practiced in the comfort of your home on a putting mat such as the Vari-Break Putting Green or the putting green at your favorite golf course.

Putting Secrets; #1 Most Popular Golf Teacher on You Tube Shawn Clement

Improve Long Putt Control

You do not know how long a stoke to make or how much force to put into it on a long lag putt. Because of this, if you are like me you usually leave your first putt far from the hole making the second putt a knee knocker. This failure to knock it close from long range is the most typical cause of most three putts.

Here is a drill you might want to try to help solve putt control on long putts.

On a practice green, set up a putt about 50 feet from a hole. Lay a 5-iron on the ground and lay it parallel to the line you want the ball to start on. Set the ball in the middle of the shaft. Then simply roll putts to the hole, with your goal not to make it but to hit it “hole high.” As you do this, use the 5-iron as a guide. It’s essential that your stroke be the same length on both sides of the ball. To one end of the 5-iron on your backstroke, and to the other end on your through-stroke.

Over the years I have found that a 5-iron provides the perfect stroke length for a 50-foot putt, and practicing long putts teaches you how to make solid contact and control distance better than practicing short putts. If you become consistent from 50 feet, 15 to 30 foot putts will seem easy by comparison.

If your putts come up short or roll too far, your tempo is off. Do not change your length (keep matching your 5-iron), but instead make your stroke faster or slower. When you start mailing this distance, your tendency to three putt will disappear.

The 60/40 Putting Stroke

To improve your putting stroke you need a stroke that is longer back and shorter through (at roughly a 60/40 ratio) for generating the smoothest roll.

Calm acceleration is the key to sinking more putts.

To practice the 60/40 stroke, stick three tees in the green. Place one tee marking your ball position, one tee at the end of your backstroke, and the other tee at the end of your forward stroke.

The middle tee should be about 60 percent of the distance from the back tee to the forward tee. Therefore, if you have a putt of eight feet (on a flat surface, medium speed), and the total distance of the stroke is 22 inches, the back should be 14 inches from the ball and the forward tee 8 inches. (You’ll have to experiment on your own to determine the length of strokes needed to cover various distances.) Practice swinging the putter head back and through to the bookend tees, and before long you’ll have the perfect stroke grooved for whatever length putt you need to dial up.

To produce the smooth acceleration that is necessary to hit putts online with the perfect speed, try a stroke that is longer back and shorter through – about a 60/40 ratio. This accounts for the energy lost at impact and also promotes a more gentle acceleration through impact that negates the putter head twisting or rise at impact. You can also practice this ratio using an indoor putting mat.

Improved putting is all about “Longer Back, Shorter Through.”

Here  Are Two Things You Need To Learn To Become A Better Putter

To improve your putting you will need to learn two key elements in making putts and practice them over and over again to become a repeatable putter. So let’s take a look at two vital elements related to putting:

1. A Repeatable Putting Stroke

You need to develop a putting stroke that is repeatable. It is a must. Without a stroke that is repeatable the ball will have a different speed for each putt and travel in a different direction. To become a good putter a repeatable stroke is a must. Your stance, grip and alignment can be wrong as long as you use the same old boring repeatable stroke every time.  A repeatable stroke will help you to be better a putter making more putts per round. Many of the golfers I play with use different putting strokes, grips and stances during the same round. It shows in their inconsistent putting.

Achieving a repeatable stroke will allow you to improve your putting and reduce your number of putts per round of golf.

2. Reading The Green’s Slope And Breaks

Reading each putting green is vital in becoming a repeatable putter. Even if you hit the ball with a repeatable stroke, you will miss many putts if you are reading the green wrong. Most weekend golfers will read too little break or to must break. They also fail to properly read the speed of the putt. Knowing how the ball is going to break and the speed needed to hole putts is very important to making more putts.

These putting tips may seem simple, but they are the basis elements for making every putt you face during every round of golf. So develop your repeatable putting stroke using a putting mat and become a better green reader and you will be on your way to getting your putts per round under 30. Believe me I have.

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