Being able to have a strong putting technique is essential when you’re playing golf. This important piece is often overlooked by beginner golfers, but you have to realize that fewer clubs get as much use as your putter does every time you play.
You want to feel confident when you use your putter, and you can achieve this by consistent practice on a putting green. This will help you lock in your form, your technique, and your stroke. We’re going to give you several tips to help you perfect your putting game so you can finish strong with every game of golf you play.
Putting Tip One: Watch Your Grip
When it comes to gripping your putter, your first instinct may be to grip your putter tightly, because you think this gives you more control. However, this is the exact opposite of what you want to do. Your grip pressure is a major factor in your stroke consistency, and tightly gripping your putter may throw you off.
No matter which gripping style you choose to use, you want to grip your putter lightly. All you need to do is apply enough pressure, so your putter stays in your hands when you putt and have a correct putter grip and posture.
Putting Tip Two: Watch How Your Shifting Your Weight
Traditionally, our brains are wired to see the ground as straight and level, and this can cause you to have a skewed line of sight when you’re lining up your shot. For example, if you’re standing on a left-to-right slope your natural tendency is to adjust and lean with the slope, so it’s level. This leaning makes your eyes shift, and you end up putting to the left of your sight line. On right-to-left putts, you tend to lean toward your heels. In turn, this shifts your eyes to the inside of the ball, and your putt goes too far to the right.
To fix this frustrating problem, shift your weight and lean in the opposite direction or the hill or slope you’re putting at or standing on. Shift your weight onto your toes for right-to-left distortion, and onto your heels for left-to-right slopes or distortion. This will help you stay on your sight line and stop you from putting too far to the left or right.
Putting Tip Three: Keep Your Eyes Directly Over Your Ball
When you’re addressing your putt, keep your eyes directly over your ball. Ideally, you want your eyes to be directly over your putting line. This helps you to avoid distorting your viewpoint while you’re trying to line up your putt and aim properly.
You can test to see if your eyes are directly over your ball by dropping a second golf ball from your eye that is closest to the hole. If you have the proper setup, your second golf ball will land on top of the first ball you set.
Putting Tip Four: Read Your Putts Like a Clock Face
You may notice that there are certain professional golfers who are excellent at reading the green, and feeling where their putt will break. You can get into this habit by imagining a clock on top of the hole when you come up to the green. Now imagine that six o’clock is pointing directly at your ball. As you’re looking at your putting line, imaging where on the clock your putt will fall into the hole.
If you see your ball falling into the hole at four o’clock, focus only on the four o’clock position. Additionally, if you see your ball falling into the hole around the eight o’clock spot, get into position and concentrate on the edge of the hole and let that guide your stroke. Practice finding your entry point, and let your instincts guide you through the shot.
Putting Tip Five: Develop Your Rhythm and Tempo
Set up your swing and swing your putter back then forward through to your ball by slightly turning your shoulders. Once you begin practicing, you’ll develop your rhythm and tempo, and this will make following through to complete your putt an easy and natural movement. Additionally, you’ll build a smooth, matching back and through stroke the more you practice.
Putting Tip Six: Get a Putting Routine
It is important for you to have a consistent putting routine to build and hone your skills on. You can start by scouting every hole while you wait for your turn, and walk around to feel the slope if there is one. Next, choose a sight line and commit to it. This is where the clock analogy we talked about earlier can come into play.
Once you’ve committed to a line, take a few practice strokes. While you’re doing this, imagine the ball going into the hole and how much power you’ll need to get it there. When you’re ready to putt, set up your ball in your position. Turn your head and let your eyes track a straight line to the hole. Take your shot and keep everything still until your putter stops its rotation, then turn your head to watch the ball. Finally, stay in this position until your ball either goes into the hole or stops.
All of these tips can help you to become a better putter. However, practice is going to be the key component to honing your skills. So practice, take your time, experiment with different techniques, and watch your putting style evolve.