Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 12:09 AM - PuttingEverybody needs to work on their putts. I don't care how long you've been playing golf, or what kind of pro you are. We all need to practice putting. Here are some tips from the pros that will help you get your putting up to par. Try some of these and see what works best!
- Always do a couple practice putts before you start your game. Don't try to make a hole; just get the ball in the general direction. Focus on your swing, not making the hole. By doing some practice putts, you can also get a feel for how fast the ball will run on the green.
- Practice easy putts. Don't worry about making a long shot. Definitely practice a few long ones, but for the most part, stick to within 6-feet. Missing every practice putt will only hurt your confidence, and there's more to a good putt than just making the hole.
- It's amazing how much confidence has to do with putting. In golf, more than any other sport, player confidence is key. And, it's a problem that amateurs and pros alike have to deal with. Keep this in mind when you're putting, and train yourself to stay confident, even when the ball doesn't go where you want it to.
- Don't look at the ball when you're making your target - look just ahead of the ball. Focus on a spot right in front, a spot that you want that ball to roll over. After you hit it, you'll know if you've made the shot or not by whether you see it cross that spot.
- Don't move! Check your position before the shot and make sure it's perfect. But, don't move out of your position until the ball is well on its way. If you get impatient and want to watch that ball fly toward the hole, you may straighten up too fast and lose control over your putt.
- There are some ways you can keep yourself from naturally following that ball and ruining your putt. For example, look at the spot the ball was on, after it rolls off. To practice this, you can lay a coin under the ball, and keep your eyes on the coin after the ball has rolled completely off.
- When you're practicing, there are putting drills you can do. For example, put in 5 balls from a distance of 1 foot; then move back a foot. Then another and another, and if you miss one shot, you have to start the whole thing over again from one foot.
- For some really deep, heavy-duty putting practice, close your eyes when you putt. With your eyes closed, you'll be more aware of the way the rest of your body moves. You'll feel your torso twist and your shoulders swing steadily, just like a pendulum with the club swinging from it.
- Practice like crazy. That's the best golf putting tip anybody can give you. The longer you're out there practicing, the more you'll develop a feel for it. Like everything else, practice makes perfect!
By: Rich Fuller
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