The wonderful game of golf has many different aspects to it. I have mentioned in earlier articles what balls a beginning golfer might want to try. In another article, I mentioned that there is new fashion both in clothes and in golf shoes. One of the most important aspects of golf is a club that normally gets ignored by many is the putter. The club we’ll most likely use on every hole. Many spend a boatload on drivers and not that much on a putter. I am not saying that people don’t spend money on putters some of them are very expensive. Along with chipping this is something that comes to a player as more feel. When I have helped people learn the game, I tell them that chipping and putting are a feel for the player. Here are four tips to help become a better putter.
Tip 1- Grip Pressure
Grip pressure is important no matter what club a golfer has in his or her hand. There are many ways of griping a putter just like all the other clubs. A golfer does not want to grip the putter too hard. A golfer wants balance because if you grip it too lightly then it will slip out of your hands. Putting is very important to the game of golf. If you grip the putter too hard it can cause the ball to roll offline. No matter what grip you chose it’s good to keep a steady grip pressure.
Tip 2- Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
The term keeps your eye on the ball is something that is said in development in the game of golf. When it comes to putting you must keep your eyes directly over the line of your putt. This can be tested by dropping a second ball. If your second ball hits the first one you have your eyes where they should be. This will also be important when it comes to aiming and seeing the breaks in the green. If this tip is done incorrectly, it could distort how you line your golf ball.
Tip 3- Stand Back
When you are lining up your ball your putt tries not to stand too close to your ball. Standing back will help relieve the tension of the stroke. If a golfer combines this with tip two it will make their stroke more consistent. I can also this will help with tip one as well. If you stand back from the golf ball, you are less likely to have a lighter grip. I have seen many players that stand close to the ball while others stand far away from it. In the end, it comes down to the comfortability of the golfer.
Tip 4- Swing
The putter is the only club that we do not take a full swing with. There is no reason in the game of golf that the putter should ever go past a player’s waist. While learning how to putt, this is where feel comes into play. It takes for how much swing a player makes with their shoulders. For a shorter putt, the swing should not be that long it should be shorter. On the other hand, longer putts take longer swings with the shoulders. Tempo is very important with this tip as well.
In the end, putting is very important in the game of golf. The term “Drive for show and putt for dough” talks about this. At the end of the day, no matter what level the golfer is at putting is what will determine how a round of golf will go. In the many rounds that I had when I am putting well even a bad round could be good. My late uncle, who taught me the game, always said that when you go to practice make sure you hit the putting green to get the most important aspect of the game.
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