How to make a good golf putting stroke – the basics

Putting: Back to Basics

We’re back to putting again. We feel that strongly about it. The average golfer
could easily make up 10 strokes a ROUND by putting properly. And it is much
easier to practice putting then driving or fairway shots in your house or yard!

The game of golf should be learned from the green back to the tee. That means
putting, chipping, fairway shots, and THEN drives. Remember, most shots in a
round are from around the green!!!! The average golfer’s tendency, when putting,
is to use too much of their wrists and arms, thus breaking down their wrists
through the putt. No! No!! NO!!!! DO NOT BREAK YOUR WRISTS!! First it hurts (ok,
couldn’t resist), second, you LOSE CONTROL!!!

To become a great putter, the perfect combination of shoulders and arms should
be used throughout the putt. Any wrist action involved is through the motion of
the weight of the putter.

During your putt, concentrate on your shoulders really the putting stroke. On
the backswing, your left shoulder moves down and your right shoulder moves up,
focusing on your shoulders becoming synchronized. Your left wrist should stay
nice and firm throughout.

In order to set up the putting grip, first place the grip in the palm of your
left hand, and your entire hand around the grip. Place your right hand
underneath your left, in a similar palm grip. Overlap your right hand with your
left index finger.

Your palms should be opposite to one another, for a nice locked-in feeling.
When setting up to address the ball, make sure your eyes are over the ball,
specifically your left eye (if you are a right hand golfer).

Bend your knees slightly, and hang your arms over the ball.

Shift your weight slightly forward on your left foot, favoring the left side of
your body. Your hands should also be slightly forward in your stance.

Before making your stroke, make sure your arms, shoulders, knees and feet are
all parallel with your target line.

Keep all these elements in tact, and you should see improved putting in no
time. .

Standard rule of thumb. Five foot putt, bring (sweep) your putter back five
inches, follow through five inches.

Why do most putts miss? Because the stance and the putter head are NOT square
to the target line (for such cool people playing this game, isn’t the word
square used a lot?).

Put this in your muscle and visual memory bank:

Use a square tile floor. Place the putter head along one of the squares, and
align your feet using the square pattern of the floor to be, well, square to the

Now, take a little peek down the target line. MEMORIZE that look. That is a
square look, and that’s cool!

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