Putting is often said to be a game all on its own, and, to a certain degree, that’s very true. The skills needed to get in the perfect stroke downhill, on a slope, or with the perfect curve of the green, bear little resemblance to all the other shots made from the tee or the fairway. Putting is the only shot where the ball was meant to stay on the ground. So let’s look at a few putting tips that pros use to win championships.
Make Sure the Path of the Putter Matches the Line
You’ve probably heard that good putting comes from striking the ball with the center of the sweet spot of the putter head. This is the foundation of consistent putting, although you still have to make sure that impact with the ball occurs with the putter head moving directly down the intended target line, and with the face square to that line.
Beat the Yips By Splitting Your Hands
This putting tip may or may not help you, but professional golfers like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods both agree that separating the hands on the club helps to prevent the yips. Give it a try during your next game to see what happens. At least 90% of golfers have reported less yips with this unusual (yet simple) grip technique.
If Self-Doubt Creeps In, Simply Aim Straight
Not all putts are set-up where it’s easy to read the putting lines. If for any reason you have doubt about the putt or getting the right feel of the balls pathway, simply aim straight. Just aim at the center of the cup and give the ball a firm stroke.
Look For Your Ideal Putting Pace
The next time you practice your putting, take special care to mentally document how far past the hole your ball travels anytime you miss it. The reason is because the ideal putting paces for the ball to roll pass the hole should be no more beyond than 18 inches. Eventually you will get a feel for distance and putt with the exact same speed needed for specific distance for success.
Keep Your Head and Body As Still As Possible
If you ask Arnold Palmer why he putts with his knees close together, he’ll tell you that it’s his personal technique for keeping his head and body still, which he believes is a crucial element to successful putting, and that should be maintained throughout the entire putting stroke.