12 June 2017
Stay Connected and Hole More Putts
How many times in your golfing life have you said that if you putted better or if you didn't three putt then you would have had a great round?
I’ve lost count of the number of times it's happened to me. Unlike driving off the tee, putting makes up the most amounts of shots you score in a single round.
Let me ask you another question, are you guilty of hitting more practice shots on the driving range than focusing on putting before you go out to play?
Me too! We've all done it.
However, it’s so important to practice putting before you go out to play, it helps you loosen up your technique, gives you a sense of how fast the greens are rolling at, and will give you confidence after you've rattled a few in the back of the cup. As the famous saying goes, drive for show, and putt for dough!
It's important to practice but more important to practice the right things, so here are a few helpful tips to get you started on becoming a better putter:
Staying connected with your upper arms to the body is very important when putting, if you get disconnected then you will experience a lack of control of what the putter head is doing and will most likely drift off line resulting in poor direction and contact.
I see a lot of players in these incorrect positions and it will explain why they are inconsistent with their putting. Place a towel under both armpits, or one armpit to start. You should feel like your arms are squeezing against your chest.
It's also important to have straight arms, but the forearms should feel relaxed when you're making your backswing, downswing and follow through. The hands should remain relaxed in a fixed position, with no hinging of the wrists. All the movement should come from the shoulders. This will help distance control.
With this new feeling, try and control the putter taking it back and through on a straight line. Having an alignment stick or club will help you focus on keeping the stroke straighter and will help stop it wobbling off course. Thank you for reading, I hope this advice helps improve your putting.