A useful golf instruction that reinforces all you’re short putts!
Are you having trouble making them short putts? After a massive drive and a pin probing iron the birdie still alludes you. I will show you how you can easily improve you short putts in only a couple of hours.
I will discuss various aspects of putting that will transform your short game if you follow the drills
- Putting with conviction
- Reading the lines
- Wind Direction
- Putt Pace
- Building confidence
Never up never in! Putting with conviction
There is a saying in golf never up never in. Remember all this put that come up just short only to almost stare at the bottom of the hole but wont go in. This is why I say never up never in, you need to be aiming for you ball to roll past the hole 1 or 2 feet always.
- Setup approximately 2 foot away from the hole and putt 10 balls focusing on hitting the back of the cup. Repeat this 3 times until you feel comfortable.
- Setup over 6 foot away from the hole this time try and find a slightly uphill putt. The goal is of course to sink your putt but if you miss you want to see the ball pass the hole a ft or 2. Complete with around 10 balls and repeat 3 times
Reading the lines
While it is easy to putt in a straight line, most of the time J. The difficulty comes when a slope is introduced into the equation. Various methods can be adopted to figure out what way the ball will roll. You must consider everything from the wind direction, wind speed, slope, green speed and even the putt pace.
A lot of this will be learnt and can only be learned and fine tuned over time. It is certainly not something that can be learnt overnight and there is no product you can buy to acquire this skill as it is an art. However knowing the principals of how all the different variables can affect your putt will greatly improve your understanding of the concept as a whole therefore learning’s will come quick.
On a flat surface with a wind blowing from the left your ball will move to the right and the longer the distance you have to putt the more right the ball will travel and visa versa. The faster the wind blows also the more effect it will have on the putt.
The obvious one here is the slope on the green, to figure out which way the slope is facing you will need to crouch down low and use your best judgement as to which way the green is sloping. Everyone will develop their own knack to doing this with some even holding their putter straight letting gravity keep the shaft in a straight line and then measure the angle of the green. A flat putt would look perpendicular in this case.
You should also determine if it is a down hill or an uphill put as the degree of compensation will vary for the same putt in both scenarios. For example, a down hill 20 foot putt will be effected by the slope of the green as the same putt uphill. In a down hill putt you will hit the ball slower and the slope of the green will have more time to push your ball off course.
As already said previous the speed at which you hit your putt will influence the path line of the ball.
Tip you can use especially for the shorter puts is to hit them firm into the back of the hole taking the break out of them. This method is good as you can simply walk up to the putt as if it were a straight putt. Just be careful especially in situations where you are putting downhill because if you miss the hole you may be pitching back J.
By repetition you will build confidence and every putt sank will also increase your confidence. Start small and build out before you know it you will be holing everything from 5- 6 ft and this is where you should get to. Its crucial you build this skill as it consists of half your strokes in a round of golf. Keep your sessions short and sweet don’t over do it and try and always leave on a high.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!