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Putting Practice Takes Effort

Aug 25, 2008
Putting is a huge part of a round of golf. It accounts for almost half of your shots. Because of this high percentage, practicing your putting should be high on your list when you go out to the course. Too many people neglect this part of their games and only work on their long game. Here are a few reasons why people don't practice their putting:

1. Not Enough Hours In the Day - These days people have very little time. Between work, kids, meals etc. they're usually rushing out to the course. Once there, they hit a few warm up shots ... then it's out to play a quick 9 holes. If you are one of these people, you should be looking for other times to practice your putting. What I used to do was to save the daylight hours for practicing long shots and I would practice putting indoors at home. Waiting for dinner or after dinner is a great time to get some good putting practice in. If you can get into this routine it won't really matter if you are rushing to the course because you are consistently working on your putting at home.

2. Back Problems - Because the larger part of your body is over hanging your toe line when you putt, it can put some strain on your lower back. If you're not used to it, this strain can make your putting practice end rather quickly. If you have a bad back, you should start off slowly. Putt for 10 mins. for a while. Once you get used to it, go to 15 mins. and so on until you build up your stamina.

3. It's Boring - A lot of people find putting boring. I think it's because they haven't practiced long enough, or well enough, to make enough putts. I can tell you from experience that once you become a great putter, it becomes very exciting to see the ball keep falling into the hole. A great way to make putting exciting is to have putting competitions. People are always up for a challenge and if you put a drink on the line, you'll definitely make putting more enjoyable.

4. You Are Not Very Good At Putting - If you are not a good putter, it's very easy to ignore it. As you know, if you never practice something you can't expect to get any better. The thing about putting is that as you start to improve it does become fun. Unfortunately, you have to get over that hump of putting poorly first. You'll never find out if this statement is true unless you make time to practice your putting.

5. No Immediate Results - When you practice your putting, you can't expect to sink everything. What you have to do is lower the bar a little so that that do see immediate results. Maybe your first goal is to get every putt within 5 feet. Then, go to 4 feet etc. Another goal could be to get every putt on line not worrying about the distance. Once you get the ball on line, then start dialing in the distance. You really can see immediate results you are realistic about your goals.

6. Touch is Required - The feeling you get when you hit a putt isn't even in the same league as crushing a huge drive. Because of this, some people find it hard to make their way over to the putting green (especially the long ball hitter). If this is you, then you really should put down the big stick and pick up the flat stick and practice your putting. The thrill of sinking a long birdie putt or eagle putt far out weighs that 300 yard drive out of bounds.

7. People Are Lazy - I realize it takes a lot of effort to wander over the putting green and hit some practice putts but things could be worse. You could be doing some strenuous or tedious work around the house. The next time you are debating whether to practice your putting or to go home, you may want to stick around. You never know what is waiting for you at home.

Here are a few reasons that you may be avoiding your putting. Just remember that it's a huge part of the game. In order to lower your scores, you have to do some putting practice. I know you may not want to do it but trust me, playing better golf sure makes it worthwhile.
About the Author
Author: Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf which instructs people how to copy the perfect swing mechanics of Iron Byron. He is also the inventor of the Puttacup indoor putting practice cup which allows you to putt in your home.
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