Practice Your Putts:The Basics Skills & Putt-Perfecting Tips!

By: John J Farina

Your swing, your basic stance and putting are just some of the skills that you need to acquire if you want to learn about the sport of golf. Here, we will take a look at the basic information that you need to know regarding the basics of putting as well as tips on how to perfect this particular skill.

Putting 101: The Basics

First, here’s a quick look at the putting basics that you need to know about. Putting occurs when a golf player uses a uniquely designed club which differs from irons and woods. Putters are generally used for certain courses which are suitable for putting, wherein a player needs to close a very short distance to the cup.

What’s interesting about putting is that it is the most individualizes part of golfing as a sport. Depending on the individual style, players range from standard-length putters, short putters, belly putters and long putters. There are also several ways that the grip is held – you can do it cross-handed, split-handed, using a claw grip or using the conventional putting grip.

Although the putting style varies a lot, there are only a few crucial factors that a good putter needs to keep in mind:
1. Consistently hitting the golf ball in what is known as the ‘sweet spot’.

2. Get the ball rolling on the intended line.

3. Controlling the speed at which the golf ball is hit.

4. Sharpening your skills in ‘green reading’.

A Quick Putting Lesson

Now that you already have an idea about the basics of putting, how can you go about setting one up? Here’s a quick lesson to help you out. First, make sure that the ball is positioned no further back than the middle of your stance. This way, you will strike the ball as the golf club is moving at ground level. The width of your stance actually depends on your personal preferences, but your eyes should be aligned over to your target. Or, it can be aligned slightly to the inside.

Second, in order for you to hit the sweet spot, you need to understand a couple of things. Number one, the sweet spot of your putter is not always located in the center of its face. Number two, you should not always rely on the line that the golf club manufacturer painted because this is not always the putter’s sweet spot. One way to find out exactly where the sweet spot is located is to tap the putter face in different areas until you find which spot is most stable.

Third, make sure that you will be able to start the ball rolling on the line that you intended. Fourth, make sure that you gain control over the speed that the ball is rolling if you want to be a successful putter. Finally, make sure to focus on how your putt will break – don’t do this on the last minute.

Putting is a skill that all golf enthusiasts will be good at eventually – just make sure to take the time to practice, focus and enhance your skills so that you can turn out to be a master putter.

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