Putting is usually one of the most frustrating aspects of the game for me - I think that mentality it is just like a par 3 hole - you expect that being a short hole - it should easily be a par. So when you do a 3 putt or worse after landing on the green in 1 or 2 shots , the tendency to throw the putter or snap at something or the other is a common emotion shared by all golfers.
So I share a few of my tips in golfing ; I have been golfing for over 22 years now , I have had only 3 games where I shot below 40 for nine holes. My handicap varies between 14 to 20 , unless alcohol comes into the game at some point - there is some strategy to that also. Anyways , back to my putting tips (For Amateur golfers like me):
- The approach shot : If you know the green or can see it - see which way it slopes (if it slopes significantly). Ideally you want to be near the flag and downhill (your putt should go uphill ; downhill shots are difficult to control , you miss and can be far away). If the green does not slope - then aim for the middle / safe spot. If you have the option to shoot over a bunker or not, then don't shoot over the bunker .
- At the green: It is important to know if the green will play fast or slow. If it is early morning or has rained recently - you will need to putt a little harder. Some people can read the cut of the grass (hitting along the cut is faster , than across the cut). If you are playing with others, watch the way the ball rolls - direction and speed.
- Putting technique: Lots of techniques and putter options are available if you search the web.A common element is to make sure the clubface is square to the ball, the putter shaft and hands make a triangle with the shoulder when you putt (avoid wrist action). For short putts of 1 to 3 club lenghts - avoid a big backswing (2 to 3 inches at most is enough momentum).
- First Putt: If you are close enough , go for the hole with confidence (more important than perfect technique !). If you have less than 25% chance of getting into the hole - then aim to get inside one club length - ideally past the hole (most of us end up short).
I will share more as my game matures. Please feel free to share your putting tips with me and this audience. Also - checkout my putting sensor- I think it is a great product to improve your putting. Happy golfing !