If you’ve ever wondered why the pros are so good with their golf putting technique, and wondered how you can get your putting game up to speed, we’re here to break some things down for you. Putting can make or break your game, your short game as it’s called. If you can hit perfect long drives and get the ball relatively close to the ball, you must be golden. Unless your short game is on par with your long game, you will continue to struggle. Practice It’s important to practice a multitude of different short shots to try to perfect your game. Research shows that spending time from a wide variety of angles and slopes prepares you better for a game. If you’re practicing the same shot over and over again until you get it right, you might be setting yourself up for failure. While it’s beneficial to practice a swing until your body feels comfortable and knows what to do, this can hurt you. You’re only going to get one shot at it out on the green, so by giving yourself multiple chances to get it right it may not go as planned. Go out and work on your short game. Take plenty of different shots and really hone different distances and difficulties. How to hit the ball Some of the best putters tend to hit slightly up on the ball. This ads a little loft to their stroke, and causes the ball to roll forward immediately, and stay in line. In order for great putting to happen it takes precision. Any small change to the way you hit the ball can jeopardize your shot. A great tip for working on precision putting is to stack three quarters behind the ball. Keep three quarters in your remote control golf caddie. Align the center of the putter with the middle of the ball. Keep your putter vertical, and not forward. Practice striking the ball right around it’s middle, or equator, without hitting any of the stacked quarters. If you consistently are hitting the stack of quarters you know that your stroke is low or not moving upward like it should. Once you start to hit the ball consistently here, the ball will roll much more smoothly. Keep working on this drill until you get the loft to your putt that you desire. Putting Find golf drills that work for you to perfect your golf putting technique. Do whatever works for you. Finding drills like the quarter drills help you to see a small adjustment, like hitting vs. not hitting the quarters. If making a miniscule adjustment stops you from hitting the quarters, it could help you direct your putt in a small way.
July 31, 2017 — Natalie Montoya

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