Tips on PUTTING
By Milt Wallace and Michael P. O'Leary
To truly excel in the great game of golf, you have to master the short game. Many a golfer has hit a tremendous drive, and even a great second shot to be on the green in 2. Then he pulls the putter out of the bag, already congratulating himself on a fine hole, confirming that today is going to be a great round of golf, he proceeds to putt once, twice, damn, and a three putt.
What should have been a birdie, winds up a bogie.
This happens to golfers of all ranks, more often than you may know. But it doesn't have to.
If you haven't done the math for yourself yet, putting is more than half of each round of golf you play. On eighteen holes a scratch golfer is expected to putt the ball 36 times. I f you are not yet a scratch golfer, then chances are you yourself putt more than 36 strokes per round. Consider this, if the rest of your game remained exactly as it is today and you merely improved your putting to where you could easily two putt and often even one putt various holes, would that not help you to achieve the level of scoring that you have desired to obtain for some time now. I have good news...
The same fundamentals taught with The Triple Coil Power Swing that enable you to repeatedly gain tremendous accuracy and distance will also be used to help you sink those long putts where before you only hoped to be within range to make your second shot.
We will provide you with tips in three areas. They are;
Some would say that The Putting Stroke is the most complex aspect of the three listed above. This is true, only if the first two aspects have been examined accurately to determine the correct target line of travel for the golf ball. Without the correct target line, the very finest putting stroke is ominously worthless.
So, let's begin.1). Examining the Green
As you approach a putting green, learn to examine the entire surface. Notice the slope of the green, is it a gentle or steep slope, and more specifically, how does that slope effect the distance between your lie and the cup. Be cautious here. Usually the greens that appear to be rather large and flat have more slope in them than you may realize at first glance. This is especially true if you are standing on the green as you survey the surface. For this reason, it is vital that you examine the surface of the green as you approach the green.
Also, as you stand upon the surface of the green, notice the direction of the grain of the grass, as this will also influence the direction and speed of your putt.2). Lining up the Putt
Survey the green to determine the correct target line by standing directly behind your ball and looking towards the cup. Walk on the lower side of the target line to a position directly behind the cup and looking back through the same line to your ball. Return to your ball by walking on the high side of the target line.
Always putt with a new ball. At a minimum, clean your best ball before you begin your round and reserve that ball in your bag for putting only. When aligning your putt, use the lettering on the ball as an arrow pointing in the exact direction that you have determined to be the correct target line for the putt. Remember that all putts are straight putts and they only curve because of an uneven or rough putting surface.
Once you have your ball lined up with the letters pointed at your correct target line, kneel down directly behind your ball, hold the end of the shaft of your putter in your left hand, (based upon a right handed golfer) and lay the putter head flat on the ground while lining up your putter with the target line. The face of the putter should be perpendicular to the lettering on the ball and the target line. Once the positioning of the putter head is established, maintain gentle contact with the fingers of your left hand, stand up and begin to position yourself for the putting stroke, making certain not to allow the putter blade to change position, with the hands ahead of the putter blade, the blade will look closed. Don't alter it! Trust the position, it's just a visual illusion!
3). The Putting Stroke
ADDRESSING THE BALL
THE LEFT HAND
THE RIGHT HAND
It's important to develop a pre-putt routine that you go through every time you putt. By performing the same pre-shot overview of your thoughts and observations you can cement the skills discussed here and learned on the practice greens.
A popular practice technique employed by students learning the Triple Coil Power Swing and the accompanying putting skill is to take a mental picture by visualizing the line from the bottom of the cup, back to the ball. They take a mental picture, move their head back to the normal putting position, close their eyes... and putt.
As with the Triple Coil Power Swing, when you first begin learning new or perhaps just different skills, your mind may become cluttered with all the different things you're supposed to remember as you go through the "comfortable" swing procedure. Rest assured that your muscle memory patterns can retain far more than your mind can concentrate on at one given time.
As always, with practice you will find yourself easily dropping puts from 10.15 and even 25 feet or more... and doing so with consistency. Most important, the consistency and accuracy of your putting game will bring you more joy and fun from the great game of Golf!