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Learn To Putt Better Right Now

Jul 31, 2008
Roughly half the golf strokes you take during a round of golf occur on the putting green. If you want to improve your handicap in a hurry, improving your putting is the quickest way to have your golf scores come down. In the game of golf, you can hit a bad drive and still make a par. However, if you hit a bad putt,you can not make up that stroke. Putting training aids along with the tips below will improve your putting stroke and lower your handicap.

First, as you address the golf ball, the golf ball should be positioned equal to where the logo would be positioned on your left chest for a right handed golfer. Of course, if you are left-handed, the ball position would be the reversed and positioned on your right chest.

With this forward golf ball position, the putter will not be descending but ascending through impact and the golf ball. The golf ball will be will be placed forward of the bottom of your swing arc. In addition, your arms should hang freely, straight down and not out and away from you. Also, to find the correct postion, take your address position and drop a golf ball from in-between your eyes. This ball should drop and hit the ball on the ground.

Second, simply set up with sixty to seventy percent (again it is individual) of your weight on your left foot for right handed golfers or on your right foot for left handed golfers. When you make your stroke, your weight will not shift. Your weight will stay in the same position. Again, setting your weight forward will make sure that the putt will be hit while you are in balance and you do not have has many moving parts.

Now to finish your golf set up, as you look down at the golf ball, move your hands so they are just forward of the golf ball. As you make your putting stroke, your hands will return to this same position at impact and then through to your finish position. With your hands ahead of the ball at impact, the momentum of your putter is more likely to be moving forward towards the hole. In English, this means your ball will be starting on the target line more often than not.

In addition, relieve some of the tension in your putting stroke. Pay attention to your stroke by saying the words "one thousand one." As you take the putter back, say the words "one thousand." Then on your forward swing, say the word "one." This helps because it will allow your brain to process information better and use your athleticism to hit the putt. The end result will be less tension in your body. In addition, you can use this putting tip while you use a putting aid.

As you implement this information into your putting stroke, you will find that your brain and body will work together. As a result, your distance or lag putting will improve. You will have a putting stroke with feel and rhythm quickly. In turn, an improved handicap will be yours.
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Max Johnson wrires for VGS Golf. Click for more Putting Tips. Click for Putting Training Aids.
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