is around half of your golfing score, but how many of you practice your
stroke, or alignment, change your grip, or even have a putting lesson? Yes,
that’s right – a lesson!! Never thought of it! Now I will, here on www.golfputting.com,
give you a complete breakdown on how to putt - From grip to posture – eye
alignment – stance, stroke etc.
I look forward to helping you, stage by stage.
of the most important factors in golf is the ball position. Don’t forget
it is the back of the ball that you are stroking with the putter, and not
the centre. I always teach that the back of the ball is in the middle of
your stance, or slightly forward of this, if you are using a square-to-square
the putter can be done in so many ways, but it is important not to have
a dominant hand, as you are looking for a relaxed combination of shoulders,
arm and hands for a smooth stroke.
like to see the putter relaxed in your hand – it is necessary to control
the putter head, as it can weigh as much as half a kilo but it is important
to lock the grip through the lifeline in your hands and under the soft thumb
pads – this will help to stop the putter from twisting off line.
you have gripped the putter correctly, it is important to realise that the
length of the shaft is the predominant factor in getting your eyes directly
over the ball, as this is important for getting a consistence in reading
the putting line from ball to hole, or target point. This line is always
the same, whether 3 ft or 30 ft long.
grip your putter at the right length:- • Address a golf ball in your normal
putting position. • Now have a friend plumb bob the line from your eyes
to the ball from the side. • With a relaxed grip move yourself backward
or forward until you have a perfect vertical position from eye line to ball.
• Re-grip, whenever your hands are holding the putter grip, • Mark the position
and use it in future putts. Your eyes will now consistently be over the
is as important to get your stance correct. Your feet should feel comfortably
apart, never too narrow, and your weight should be biased towards your toes
– not as most people tend to address the ball with the weight on their heels
– you should not be able to move your toes.
top half of your body should be towards a horizontal position, ie your shoulders,
neck and back of your head. If you are standing too upright, there is a
tendency to direct the weight of your body towards your heels. You should
be looking straight down over the ball and through the centre of your eye
and not out of the lower part of the eye.
it is important to get your upper body and balance position correct, one
of the most crucial parts of your putting stroke is to understand is the
positioning of the legs – actually your knees. Make a putting stroke and
see what happens. Move did they? Why?
easiest way to stop your lower body moving during your putting stroke is
to make yourself knock-kneed. This will automatically put your weight onto
the inside of the sole of your shoes. Now, if you make a stroke you will
see that the lower body, legs and knees stay still. Try putting a sleeve
of three golf balls between your knees and practice your stroke. Positive
stroke isn’t it? – and no lower movement!
have now looked at all the basics of putting, stance, grip, eye-line, body
movement etc, and now I would like to look at creating the perfect stroke,
but before that, a question – How hard do you hit the ball? – Never! – You
don’t, you ROLL IT.
never ever hit at the ball!! You stroke through it. Try putting as normal,
probably with a half distance back the same distance through. Did the ball
jump and move off line? – and when it slowed, did it take the break quickly?
If the ball is hit with a sharp hammer type stroke, the first few inches
of the ball’s movement will be airborne.
putting with a quarter distance back stroke and a longer three-quarter distance
follow through. This will lead to greater acceleration. Now you will find
that the ball gets to roll much quicker than before – it stays straighter
longer and fights against taking the break (if there was one).
time you practice putting try this – • With your normal golf ball, make
a thin line circumnavigating it. • Now place the ball on the ground with
the line vertical. • In your normal stance, try stroking through the ball,
not at it. Bearing in mind that the ball only rolls on about a half inch
wide central band, watch this until it comes to a stop. Did it stay upright
longer? I think so!
you really want to perfect your through stroke, try putting in a normal
position, but with your eyes closed. Think you will miss the ball? I very
much doubt it, but what you will find is that if you watch the ball roll
after the stroke has finished, you will see the ball rolls perfectly straight
– why? You stroked through it and not at it, because your eyes were closed
you never knew when to hit and only created a putting stroke.
one degree of face variation (open/closing) will miss a 12 ft putt, so it
is critical not to over accentuate. Remember, stroke through it – not hit
the back stroke, then the through the ball stroke and then finish. Yes –
what about the finish? If you watch your playing partners or Pro’s on TV,
see what happens. Normally the club head recoils. Try having a practice
putting stroke where the finish is held still. This will give you a different
feel – a more positive – “I’m in control!!”
I hope all or just some of the putting tips have been a help to you, and I can be contacted through this website for any further putting advice.