For inexperienced golfers, attempting to learn the basics and become proficient in some of the principles that will help improve their game is a tedious yet essential task. Many golfing beginners will devote a large amount of time to research a handful of easy-to-master techniques when it comes to putting. This is time well spent, because the efficacy of your own putting will account for approximately 50 percent of your final golfing score. Therefore, it is vital for amateurs to increase their skill set by mastering the art of placing.
“Of all the dangers, fear is the worst.” – Sam Snead
One simple idea to remember is that putting, in essence, is the simple act of tapping a ball and watching it roll towards its destination. In concept, it’s extremely straightforward – the ball is never chipped or sliced, it is merely hit and hopefully rolls straight. However, seasoned veterans will be aware that putting is most likely the most unforgiving (and cruel!) Part of the game overall. After all, a large number of golfers can find a little intimidated by a tough 30-foot putt. However, if you gradually work up to longer shots through constant practice, you will not feel as wary.
By and large, there are three ways to improve your putting techniques, which can be easily remembered by the acronym G.S.S. (Grip, Stroke, Stance). If you incorporate all these three to your game, you can gradually develop your putting skills over time.
GRIP: When folks envision a golfer’s grip, the use of the word”grip” will specify a sturdy, strong hold of the club. This is truly not the case, so the usage of the word is somewhat of a misnomer from the golf world. Instead of strongly clutching the club, you should gently place your hands around it, cradling it so the final result of its swing equals a square hit of the ball. Keep it light and easy, and ensure that, in wrap your fingers around the bar, you do not unintentionally force it into a ineffective off-angle.
A whole lot of this, regrettably, will require a small fine-tuning over time. It can be best accomplished by increasing the speed of the head of the club through your point of balance. The clubhead should give off a nice sound as it hits that ball.
STANCE: This might be the most important part of the process. Generally speaking, your posture should involve positioning the outside of your feet no wider than your hips.
The fundamental rule you should always bear in mind is that a simplified approach is the best. Do not over-think things, or end up complicating matters by stopping halfway through a shot to start again from scratch. If you relax and keep focused, you won’t become distracted and disrupt the flow of your putting. A useful thing to consider is the position of the ball. If you can, place it anywhere between the middle of your stance and the left instep. This will allow the head of this club strike the ball squarely upon impact.
You may be someone who is reticent to spend money getting some putting-centric lessons, but you don’t have any excuse in neglecting the putting side of your game; practice is a vital part of any game, no matter how accomplished you eventually become.
“Nobody ever remembers who finished second at anything.” – Jack Nicklaus