Putting Tips for Golf

By Sharon Penn
Most golfers use their putter between 36-50 times on an 18 hole course, so it's worthwhile to check out all the best tips you can find.
Most golfers use their putter between 36-50 times on an 18 hole course, so it's worthwhile to check out all the best tips you can find.

Many golfers use the putter as often as they use any other club during a round of golf. It is a given among experienced golfers that if you want to shave strokes off your score, putting is the place to do it. There are some tips you can follow to get the ball to the hole with only one or two putts on the green.

Practice on the putting green before the round. Even if you play that particular course often, weather and green conditions can vary from day to day.

Notice the contours of the green to see if there is any break by looking at the shot from in back of the ball and from behind the pin. Look at the grass to see if you are hitting with the grain or against it. If the grass looks shiny, if the green is dry and if the putt is downhill, the ball will roll faster. If the reverse is true, the ball will roll slower.

Use a reverse overlap grip to prevent your wrists from breaking. Place your bottom hand on the club with your thumb pointing straight down as the putter head rests on the ground. Next, place your top hand on the grip. Slide your hands together and put your index finger over the fingers of the bottom hand.

Focus on the putt by quieting the mind and establishing a pre-shot routine. Visualize the shot along the target line, and allow your mind and body to work together to achieve the right direction and distance. Check your stance and posture, square the clubface to the target, and take a practice shot. You might want to aim for a blade of grass behind the hole to make sure you hit the ball far enough.

Line up your ball by carefully placing the logo or name on the ball even with the target line to help you square the clubface to the target.

About the Author

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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