4 Simple Drills to Improve your Putting Consistency
Putting is known by many as a game within a game. The difficulties of it prove it to be, as you need many different skills to be good at it. Many of the skills you need are different than what you require in the rest of the game. Putting has also been proved to be the area of the game where better players excel. So to be a good golfer you need to be good at putting, end of.
Now…given these facts, isn’t it worth spending a little time in improving your putting? Most people forget to invest time on putting, and go straight to other areas of the game. If only they spent a little time on learning how to putt better.
If you don’t want to be like most golfers and forget this area of the game then read on with these 5 simple steps to perfect your putting technique, and hopefully lower your handicap and stay away from those dreaded 3 shot putts.
Let’s start with your position for the putt. Now, stand so that your eyes are directly over the line of which you want to hit the ball. To line up perfectly you should hold the putter loosely and directly under your eyes, as you approach the putt let gravity do the work and take it straight down. Now, look down and make sure the putter covers the ball. If it doesn’t then move yourself back or forward until it covers it. The ideal spot for the ball to be is slightly behind the front foot. The hands should also be forward away from the body, and the putter should be in line with the forearm. This position will propose a much smoother roll of the ball on impact.
Your hands and arms should work as pairs and not spread apart. The further your arms and hands are apart the increased chance there is of you using your wrists, which opens up a whole variety of inconsistency. The ideal stroke should consist of just the shoulders and the arms. For the grip, use 3 fingers on each hand and grip the putter lightly. On a scale of 1-10 of grip pressure, 4 would be best. This helps with the feel of the club and shot your taking.
The Correct Aim
You shouldn’t get too caught up in worrying about were your feet are, instead line your putter head square to the target your aiming for. Imagine a straight line to your target and this should be the line of which your stroke should follow. Try and keep your head as still as possible on the stroke and straight when lining up, otherwise the line of the stroke will become distorted.
Getting The Stroke Right
In the stroke you should only concentrate on using the arms and the shoulders, the wrists should be totally forgotten about. The body should remain still with no rotation or transfer of weight. So completely forget about what you know on a full swing here, about the movement of the body, just remember to be still and use the arms and the shoulders.
Make Sure You Accelerate The Putter
All great putters use a backswing and follow through of the same length. This allows for increased acceleration on the ball and it also helps to control the distance of the shot as well. One very common error I see with players is they swing too far back and then slow down there stroke at impact. This causes inconsistency in distance and accuracy. Always remember to stroke through the ball instead of at it!!
If you are considering a new putter, here are some putters that we recommend.