you need help with your putting or you would like to learn more about how
to develop a sound putting technique. Call
Golf Reception to book a putting lesson on 0161 655
Putting is the final step in
completing a hole and it can make the difference between a good round and
a terrible round of golf. To be able to get your ball into the hole in a
minimum number of strokes often depends on your putting skills. Putting
is a difficult technique requiring a lot of practice before you can master
it. Besides the techniques of the Putting Swing you will also need to be
able to read the green.
Reading the Green helps you in
deciding how much force you need to put on your shot. In reading, you need
to consider the slope of the green, the length of the grass, the direction
of the grain and the wind direction and speed.
To be able to Putt well, you should maintain a still
and relaxed body and use a Pendulum-Like Swing using only your arms and
your shoulders. In order to Putt correctly, follow the following steps when
you Putt - in practice or in the Green:
Putting Grip. Grip your club using either a modified
overlapping grip or a cross handed grip whichever is comfortable for you.
If your wrist bends as you hit the ball, the cross-handed grip is best for
Set up with your ball in line with your belt buckle and
nose. Make sure your are directly over the ball.
Develop a comfortable stance making sure that you can
freely move your arms. A long-shafted Putter is a good choice if you have
a hard time keeping your hands and wrists steady throughout the Putting
Think of a pendulum on a grandfather clock and take your
Putter about ten inches away from the ball then strike the ball. The closer
you can come to taking your Putter straight back from the ball and swinging
it straight through on a line, the better chance your Putt will go where
you direct it.
Your follow-through should also go the same as your backswing.
If you started ten inches from the ball, your follow-through must also be
With all things equal, the ball will travel longer downhill
and shorter uphill which means that you will have to develop good distance
control. Try practicing with different distances in the backswing and the
forward swing. This way you determine how far the ball will roll on the
ground when a swing of a certain length is applied to it.
As in all things Practice makes Perfect so combine your
time on the Driving Range with sufficient time on the practice greens.
The great thing about putting is that you are never too
young to learn how to putt. Make sure that your youngster develops a sound
putting stroke at an early age and they will have this for life.