you need help with your putting or you would like to learn more about how
to improve your putting using a variety of putting
routines. Call Golf Reception to book a putting lesson on 0161
If you can develop some routine to your putting this
will help you to develop a more consistent approach to your putting.
One of the most important factors in golf is the ball
position. Dont 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 stroke.
You can grip the putter in many different way 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.
It is important to lock the grip in your hands with the
soft thumb pad in both hands, and the forefinger on your left - this will
help to stop the putter from twisting off line.
Try to develop a grip in which neither hand is dominant
and the shoulders are near square to your hips and feet when you are in
a putting position.
The importance of having the right putter length
Now 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.
Eyes over the ball
Address a golf ball in your normal putting position then
ask a friend to drop a ball from the centre of your eyes to the ball below.
The two balls should collide!
With a relaxed grip move yourself backward or forward
until you have a perfect vertical position from eye line to ball. Mark the
position and use it in future putts. Your eyes will now consistently be
over the ball.
To develop a sound stance 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.
The 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.
Whilst 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. The last thing that you want to do
is to develop a swaying motion in your your body during the putting stroke.
The easiest way to keep you lower body 'quiet'
during your putting stroke is to put a tennis ball in between your legs
whilst you practice your putting. 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. You will see that
you will start to make a more positive stroke with no lower body movement!