If you’re new to golf, you may find your short game is the most frustrating aspect of your game. A good drive can be wasted with repeated attempts to sink a putt only to overshoot the hole. Here are some tips to help you hone your putting skills.
- Start with Short Putts – It sounds like common sense but too many beginners infuriate themselves attempting to sink highlight shots on the green. Start close and don’t move to a greater distance until you master the shorter one. Putting to a coin will help you improve your control and make sinking the ball into a large hole a breeze. Start with the coin a foot away until you can consistently put the ball on it. Then move back to two feet, three feet, and so on.
- Don’t Move Your Head – Keep you head still while putting for consistency. If you move your head your shoulders will follow and you will pull the shot. Try to keep it still even after you’ve contacted the ball to ensure repeatability. Many beginners tend to move their head earlier and earlier in a shot until they’re moving before they even strike the ball.
- Ball Position – When lining up for a putt, remember that you are striking the back of the ball and not the center. Keep the back of the ball centered in your stance to make sure you hit it square.
- Bull’s-eye Method – When setting up for your putt, envision a bull’s-eye at the end of the line you want to hit. In the case of a short put this may be the back of the cup. It is important to visualize the bull’s-eye because it gives you an exact location to aim for and not a general area.
Keep these tips in mind when you’re on the green and you’re sure to take some strokes off of your game. Of course if you’d really like to see an improvement in your golf game, give us a call.