If you’ve ever played a game of golf you’ve realized that it’s not just a long shot that determines how your game goes. Due to the scoring scheme of golf, putting makes up nearly half of your score. So it’s important to work on your putting game and stay up to date on the latest putting tips and technology. Most golf players practice their putting game year round. It’s key to playing a great game of golf. If you can whack a long shot in the direction of the hole, you’re doing well. If you can’t concentrate that skill to a smaller spectrum and make a smaller but more calculated shot, a put, then you will never be truly successful at golfing. Players are starting to drive the ball longer and longer these days, which means that the short game is getting more important. Spend time practicing your put. With longer driving shots, comes shorter puts, making precision that much more important. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to witness a pro play, you’ll notice how much time they spend analyzing their shots, especially those short ones that come down to count at the end. There are three kinds of putters: Blade putters are the oldest kind of putter. This is what the traditional golfer will use. It features a relatively small head. Peripheral weighted putters or heel-toe weighted putters is the next evolution from the blade putter. This putter is long and thin, but with added weight in the heel and toe portions. This putter adds more consistency to a shot. Lastly, there are mallet putters. These feature a much larger head, which was designed to make tee shots more consistent for the player. These putters can be made with different alignments and shapes to help players align their shots better. Putters also have an inface, which is the side of the putter that you hit the ball with. Typically this face is made with steel, but it can also be made with bronze, aluminum, brass, copper, zinc and titanium. There are many different types of putters, but it’s important to find one that works for you and your swing. Heading out on the golf course with many different styles of putters in your electric golf caddy is a great way to see which ones you like hitting with, and which you get the best result with. Putting is an important part of your golf game that you don’t need a golf course to spend time practicing. So work on your putting game during the off season, and come back next spring with an improved put.
October 12, 2016 — Natalie Montoya

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