Golf Putting Drill

EYES WIDE SHUT

An great way in which to perfect your putting stroke is to practice with your
eyes shut. This drill will shift your attention away from the mechanics of the
stroke and force you to concentrate on feel.

The urge to lift your head too soon to see where the ball is going will vanish.
The net result will be less anxiety on putts of all distances.

Practice this drill:

Hit a series of 10-foot putts with your eyes closed. Make sure you are settled
in correctly. Then, simply concentrate on hitting the putt solidly with an
accelerating motion on the forward stroke, utilizing an ultra-smooth stroke (see
tip below on how to get that!)

Remember, the goal is to two putt.  One putting is icing on the cake.  Always
think of a two foot perimeter around the hole.  If you are 15 feet or further
away, try to sink in one, but ultimately, the best course of action for a
weekend golfer is to shoot within that two foot perimeter.

The secrets to judging speed and break.

This is one of the toughest parts of the golf game to improve…and usually it
takes practice and experience to make any significant change.  However, there
are some things you can do to help you improve your consistency on the greens
and help you to sink more putts.

First, keep the following in your mind when judging your putts or chips.

1. Examine the “Grain:” The term ‘grain’ is simply the direction is which the
grass grows.

This can be determined by looking for the ‘shine’ or ‘sheen’ of the putting
surface.

When the green reflects the sun and appears brighter, you are looking down
grain.

Putts down grain, or with the grain, will run faster.

Another method of determining grain is to stroke your putter in the fringe just
off the putting surface (make sure you are on the fringe and not on the actually
green).

Fringe grass usually has the same grain as the green.

2. Read the Contour: When waking to the green, study the general slope of the
land.

Remember, most greens are built higher at the back and lower toward the front.
This will definitely impact how you play a shot on the green…or even as you
approach the green.

When you are putting from the front of the green (assuming that it slopes
downward from back to front), the putt will be uphill. When you are putting from
the back, downhill.

Any putt across such a green will usually break toward the front lower portion
of the surface.

These are simply good “general” rules to keep in mind as you approach the
green.

Now, think about these 2 elements (Contour and Grain) together.

– Putts running with the grain will tend to “run” faster.

– When you are putting cross-slope and your putts are running with the grain
they will break more.

– And likewise, if you are putting cross-slope against the grain, your putt
with break less.

– When you putt against the grain…give it a little “more.” Your putts will
tend to run slower so you may leave it short more often if you aren’t careful.

– When you putt downhill, with the grain, you putts will not only run faster
but they will break more.

– And the opposite is also true. If you are putting uphill, against the grain,
expect your putts to run slower and break less.

By keeping these very simple “rules” in mind and reading the greens as you
approach you should be able to improve your consistency on the greens and sink
more putts.

Plus, everyone knows…you drive for show and putt for dough.

Comments

  1. just want to say thanks for allthese great tips

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