It’s (GolfpsychologyGuru) with a simple tip that could transform your putting game for the better. This tip is from Jeff Richmond who is the creator of the 5 Minutes To GREAT putting improvement program , this must learn that you can get. So I’ll leave you with Jeff…
Today I’m going to give you a simple (yet very powerful) tips that could help you to save a lot of strokes every time you play.
One putting tip can easily do that. Just look at Rory McIlroy for example… his putting has been very poor of late, and then he makes a small change to his right hand putting grip and wins the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The more I look into putting improvement program the more I think a lot of it relates to self-discipline, and here’s one big tip to help you with this.
Every time you watch golf on T.V. you see a ton of putting by the pros. And there’s one thing they all do that most amateurs and bad putters certainly don’t do.
Next time you watch golf on T.V. notice how at the end of the pros putting strokes they all hold their finish. It might be for a second or some even longer.
Then, the next time you play with your buddies watch their finish, and I bet you won’t see many hold their finish like the pros – UNLESS they are a good putter.
Instead, you’ll see lots of waving the putter after the ball is hit. Like they’re trying to control the ball somehow after it’s been hit.
It seems like a subtle difference but…
Good putter – Holds the finish Bad putter – Doesn’t hold the finish
Now if you’re a bad putter and you start holding the finish are you going to start holing everything?
But I bet you’ll putt better, and here’s why.
Good putters make good, confident strokes and hold their finish. They’re not trying to steer the ball into the hole.
Bad putters make steering type of strokes and keep trying to steer the ball into the hole after they’ve hit it.
At the start of this article, I said that the more I look at putting improvement program the more I think it relates to self-discipline, and that’s especially true with this tip.
Holding your finish OR NOT is a habit.
If you want to improve your putting then make holding your finish a habit. To do this, simply every time you putt hold your follow-through for 3 seconds.
By doing this and making it a habit you’ll “program” yourself to make good strokes without so much concern from trying to get the ball into the hole.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that “trying fails”.
And that’s especially true with putting. If you try hard to steer the ball into the hole you’ll often miss. But if you make a good putting stroke and let the outcome take care of itself, you’ll often get better results.
Putting accounts for about 43% of every game of golf you play, and this month I’m going to help you more to improve your putting so you take strokes off your scores. It really is the quickest and easiest place to do that, so stay tuned.
That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your putting so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step -by-step Putting Game Improvement program…
The golf grip is the most important facet of the swing. A faulty and uncomfortable grip can start a chain reaction that will send the ball in any direction. It is like launching a missile. If the triggering machinery is imperfect, the missile gets off to a wobbly start. It is likely to miss its mark by miles.
First of all, the grip must feel comfortable.
The grip is the golfer’s focal point the key to accurate golf. It is the only contact the body has with the club head and the ball, if all is not well with the grip, a message is sent from the “trigger” room to the brain and before the swing is completed, harassments have spread to the arms, knees, and feet.
Naturally, if one is changing from the overlapping to the interlocking grip or is moving his hands to see more knuckles or fewer knuckles, the golf grip won’t have that cosy feeling at first. This is understandable. Give the new grip a chance.
I check my grip before almost every drive. I do this convince myself that all is well. If the knuckles and fingers are in their right.places, I have the image of a drive that will sail down the middle.
Control is another important item in the grip. It can’t be checked by looking at the fingers and knuckles. It has to be done by feel. The golf grip has to hit a happy medium: it can’t be too tight but it must be tight enough.
A grip that starts out right can go bad on the backswing when the fingers lose control. That’s firmness is necessary. It’s like teaching your girlfriend to ice skate. You wouldn’t squeeze her hand until it hurt but you would grip it firmly enough to keep her on the right path.
A feeling that the hands are working together is another factor that generates confidence. If the brain is convinced that everything is working in unison, it will carry out a smooth back swing, down swing and follow trough.
It would be recommended that the beginner spends a lot of time perfecting his/her grip. A faulty grip leads to hooks and slice that send the entire game into a tailspin, causing an emotional upset that could have been avoided with a little practice in the living room.
You hear the words “touch” and “feel” many times, they apply to the significant relationship between the hands and the clubs. Touch means as much to the golfer as it does to the pianist.
Few pros have fingernails. They don’t like to shake hands during the day of the tournament play. Often, they use wet towels to make their hands feel fresh. These precautions preserve and even accentuate the sensitivity in hands which make contact with the clubs that guide the ball to birdie territory or boggy land.
The friendly feeling generated between the hands and the clubs is the most important faculty in golf. If all is not well at this basic point, the rhythm of the swing can disrupt and balance upset.
Most professionals and amateurs use the overlapping grip popularised by Harry Vardon. The little finger of the right-hand overlaps the index finger of the left hand. Jack Nicklaus got great mileage out the interlocking grip.
Another method is the baseball grip which has ten fingers on the club with no overlapping or interlocking. Art Wall and Bob Rosburg have made god use of the baseball grip.
We must emphasise the point the type of grip depends on the size of the hands and the swing characteristics of the individual, let me mention that pros frequently change their grips. It is the first item checked when the thing goes wrong. In fact, a standard joke among pro golfers is, “ I like that grip better than the one you used last week.”
One thing is important in the grip, whether you use the overlapping or the interlocking. Don’t grip the clubs too tightly. This will increase tension.
Grip firmly but if you fell strain on your arms you are over doing it.
And on further word about alignment: the back of the left hand and the palm of the right hand must always face the target.