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Golf Beginners Guide to Putting

Sep 4, 2008
"Drive for show, putt for dough" is the lesson we've all seen and learned from watching professional golfers in every tournament and championship.

The masters of golf can drive a ball from here to eternity, but it all boils down to how many strikes of the ball it takes to put the ball in the hole. The long accurate drives don't amount to anything if you're unable to putt accurately.

Choosing a putter is important, but using whatever putter you have consistently is more so. I've had the same putter for fifteen years; I know what it feels like in my hand, I know its weight and how that plays into my putts.

Putting takes lots of practice. Typically, we drive the ball eighteen times in a game, but putt at least double that number. Doesn't it stand that we should practice our putting at least twice as much as driving? If you can't get to the practice green regularly, practice on your carpet at home.

Keep in mind that no ball can make it into the hole if it doesn't have enough power behind the ball to get there. Take the time to get down and look at the path from your ball to the hole; does it slant one way or the other? Is it uphill or downhill?

Stand with your feet spread for balance and line up the putt. Keep you hands, arms and shoulders completely still; imagine that you are a "bobble head" but you move from just below your chest. Keep your head directly over the ball. Pull your club back; keep your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders teady-the movement comes from your chest. Hit the ball, following it with your club.

Visualize to stay positive. Confidence plays a huge role in putting. As you stand over putts on the practice green, visualize a trough leading from your putter to the cup and imagine hearing the sound of the ball dropping into the cup.

Put down a chalk line to practice keeping your putter on-line. You can find a chalk line in a hardware store - it's that string carpenters snap to a surface to leave a chalk imprint.

Practice keeping your putter on line and hitting the sweet spot in your living room. Use an alignment tool (a ruler, for instance) and putting aids you can buy to affix to your putter's head that will help with centering the stroke.

One of the most important factors in golf is the ball position. Don't forget it is the back of the ball that you are stroking with the putter, and not the centre. Remember 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.

Learn from each putt and remember the lesson. Practice, practice, practice!
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