“GOLF IS ONE GAME AND GOLF PUTTING IS ANOTHER”.
You certainly must have the image of a golf putting delivered with a fine, smooth stroke. Above all, you need confidence in every putt.You can’t think about your income taxes and get the job done; it is necessary to have a free mind or, at least, a mind that is on the task of sinking that putt.
You have to control your emotions. Throwing clubs will only frustrate you and mess up the next hole,too.
The next shot must be considered the most important. If it is a short putt, you can’t make up for it as you can a wayward drive on the fairway.
Choosing your parntner has much to do with your putting effectiveness. I have seen pros who were so irritated by their playing parntners that they would miss simple putts. Unfortunately, on the tour you can’t pick your playing partners but club players can.
A Proper analysis of your putting game, the warmup on the practice green and bad percentage shots on the putting green enter the putting picture. It is on the greens that par is beaten or tied.
“GOLF IS ONE GAME AND PUTTING IS ANOTHER”.
There is a lot of luck to sensational putting rounds. When you stand looking at a long, breaking putt, you must feel that you will be lucky, too. Don’t study the putt too long. The first line you decide on probably is the best.
Just relax and keep your head still and concentrate. Once you have squared yourself off,with the toes forming a line that points to the cup, don’t fret about direction any more. Concentrate on distance. If you have noticed the pros, most of their putts are missed because they are too far or not far enough. It is rare that they are off line.
My advice is to never player is short. The ball can’t go in if it doesn’t get there. On the other hand, don’t be foolish and have a long one coming back.
Keep your head still until you hear the ball drop.
“BIRDIE PUTT INSTILLS CONFIDENCE”
The putting green of a major golf tournament is virtually a classroom in psychology. “Student” are convinced that mind prevails over matter on this particular strip of tuef. If a player sinks a long birdie putt in the early part of a round, it gives hime confidence.When he thinks he can putt the ball in the hole, his putting stroke becomes FREE of tension.
Half of a golf round is play on the ground, which should make it easier than playing in the air, but it doesn’t. A putter has to calculate distance, direction,slope,grain of the grass, dampness or dryness and, in some extreme cases, the wind.
Some contend that a good putting touch is born and not made. I don’t agree with this theory. Anyone can learn to putt well.
Putting stances on the tour vary as much as the types of putters used. And not not one way can said to be the right one. Most golfers agree on the grip. The standard grip has the thumbs down the shajt with the back of the left hand and the palm of the right hand facing the cup. The left index finger overlaps the fingers of the right hand. This causes the hands to work as a unit, the left index finger serving the same purpose as the overlapping right little finger does in the Vardon Grip.
The left hand guides the stroke and the right hand furnishes the power but both hands must work together. Use a shoulder and wrist movement and try to make sure that the putter moves well beyond the ball in a follow-through.
The head and body must be kept as still as possible.Only perfect balance can insure this. And the eyes must be kept directly over the ball, which is barely inside the left toe.
On anuphill putt, Play the ball off the left toe and keep the hands even with the ball and much of the weight on the right foot.
On a downhill putt, Play the ball in the center of my stance and make sure to keep the hands ahead of the ball. This change of weight and position of the ball and hands prevents scraping the putter head against the green.
When the grass is wet and the green is slow, Pop the ball with stronger arm action and when the green is fast, Istroke the ball gently.
The old theory about putting with or against the grain briefly is this:
If, when you look at the hole, the grass is glossy,you are putting with the grain and the putt will travel farther than you think. If the grass isn’t glossy, you are putting against the grain and if you’re not careful, you putt will come up short.
In all cases, te must be hit squarely and the eye must not leave it until the impact has been made and the stroke is finished. Many pros go into a putting slump and stay there until some body told them they were peeking.
More practive on ahort putts for the average golfer, the percentage putt is the 4 to 8 footer should be concertrated on.