Instruction

Each month in this area, we will pick an area of the golf game or golf swing and provide some specific tips or drills that will help improve your game.

This month we have selected Putting as we believe it is the most important aspect of the game.  On tour the leading putters are averaging below 29 putts per round.  Keep track of your putts during your next round and see if this is an area of your game that needs improving.  If it does, you might want to review these tips to see if these will help your game.

  1. Position – Position yourself so your eyes are over the intended line of the putt (ball line).  To do this, hold your putter loosely and directly under your eyes as you address the putt and let gravity take it straight down.  Now, make sure that when you look down at the putter, that it covers the ball.  If not move forward or back until it does.  Ball position would be somewhat forward (towards the left foot for a right handed golfer).  Hands should be forward.  Align the putter shaft with the left forearm.  this position promotes a good roll as the ball leaves the putter face.
  2. Grip – Your hands should work as a unit and not be spread apart.  The farther apart your hands are, the more probable you are to use your wrist joint, which is what you don’t want to do.  (The putting stroke originates in the shoulders and arms).  Use a normal grip – something that feels comfortable and something that you can repeat.  Use a relatively light grip when thinking about grip pressure.  A visual picture of the correct pressure would be if the grip of the putter was a “tube of toothpaste”.  Imagine when gripping the putter that the “tube of toothpaste” had no lid and when you placed it in your hands, no toothpaste would come out of the tube.
  3. Aim – find a target and imagine a straight line through the center of your putter.  don’t get too caught up in the line that your feet make, but do be sure the putter face is square to the target.  this is also the line your stroke should follow.  Don’t tilt your head, or you’ll distort the perspective.
  4. Stroke – Your putting stroke should be dominated by the shoulders and arms and involve as little wrist movement as possible.  Minimize body movement, and try not to shift your weight or turn the hips.  (In other words, forget much of what you’ve learned about the body’s function in a full swing)!
  5. Acceleration – Successful putters have a backswing and follow-through of equal length.  This promotes acceleration and aids in distance control.  One of the most common faults I see, is a player takes too big of a backswing and then stops at the ball on the downswing, anticipating the hit.  Remember to stroke through the ball, not at it!

 

I truly believe that putting is one of the two most important areas of the golf game; chipping being the other area.   Sixty (60) percent of your practice time should be spent on these two areas.

If you need help on this area of your game or any other area, please feel free to contact me to set up a lesson by calling (302) 542-7845 or by emailing me at jimpga@comcast.net