Have you ever sat down and think about why you play golf? In most cases, people play golf just for fun and also, relaxation, and some people take the game so serious. Regardless of this, if you don’t possess the necessary skills for your game, you will not improve in it – which means that all your efforts and even fun will be wasted. Many golfers possess the skill to drive the golf ball a great distance into the green but lack the necessary skills for better putting. This is because most golfers overlook this small part yet significant part of golf. This small aspect of golf can change your gameplay for the better. Golf putting as it sounds “put” is the simplest of shots yet problematic for most golfers. To improve your putting skills, you have to develop some particular skills. Read through this guide to discover what the necessary skills entail so that you can start lowering your scores.
The Necessary Skills for Better Putting in Just Four Simple Steps
You can quickly master the greens by possessing the right necessary skills. Here is all you need to do so!
1. Control your swing
In golf, swinging is a prerequisite to any other aspect. You swing your driver, iron and also your putter. Some would say “Golf begins and ends with a swing”. While this is true, many golfers still find it difficult to make a proper swing. Perhaps they lack the technique to do so. A proper swinging technique relies on your setup at the address. Hence, your setup from the start goes a long way to improving your game. An amateur might practice for hours and will not improve if the right set up was not there. The golf swing requires accurate and precise coordination of the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, torso, hips, legs, and knees of the golfer. All these depend on your setup. The hand and waist have a strong impact on putting. When making your stroke, it is important you keep your hands and waist still and quiet. Your hands must not be too low and too high because it will affect the toe and the heel of the putter, respectively. This makes it hard to bring about consistency when putting. You should, however, practice to get the perfect position for your putter.
Furthermore, the arms and shoul
ders should be in alignment with the club shaft. In a perfect situation, the left forearm and club shaft should be straight at the address. You can do this by arching your wrist downward as little as possible at the address. Also, the position of your feet is important to the short game, especially putting. When you are putting, little movement is required. This means you will have to be in a wider stance while you have a forward ball position in your stance. This position will prevent your legs and torso from moving too much that can lead to sloppy shots.
2. Movement control
Once you have perfected controlling your swing, the next thing is to control your movement. In putting, the two required movements are the backswing and the forward swing. Any other movement apart from these two will lead to sloppy shots. Therefore, control your movement. It is quite common to see golfers move their head to see If the ball will make it to the hole when making their putt. This is wrong because the movement of the head will reduce the accuracy of the putting stroke and put the ball off the intended line. The best thing to do is to align your head and eyes on the ball. If you have controlled your swing by following the perfect feet position, then this will be easier for you to do. Your eyes must be directly over the ball when making your stroke. When making the stroke, the eyes must, however, be faster than the head until the ball makes its way to the hole. This skill will make your head position correspond to the eye position.
3. Distance control
This is one of the major skill that is lacked by most golfers, and it is also a major issue to the skills discussed above if not properly mastered. When you are on the green, you have to know the required distance it will take to achieve putting. This can be achieved with an even swing. This is one of the reasons why all the skills required for putting have some kind of intersection. This is where mastering the greens come in. On the putting greens, it is how the slopes are, the grains and the speed of the ball that gives the ball a great distance and curl. So one thing for you to do is visualization. It would be best if you visualized the slopes, the grains of the greens, fall line of the hole. Doing this will give you a feel of the distance, how you will align your putter when making a stroke and the force required to achieve the distance down to the hole.
4. Practice putting at all ranges
Now that you have gotten a grasp of the distance control, you need to be able to putt at all ranges. When you are on the green, practice with a good technique that gives you the maximum number of putts within a shortest possible time at different distances. Doing this will boost your confidence when playing a competitive game of golf or when you are just playing for fun. Furthermore, putting from a long-distance might seem difficult at first but try to focus on using all other skills discussed above.
A game of golf is not meant to be perfect. Even the very best of golfers are not perfect. All it takes is a good and consistent practice that makes your game improved. Putting is just one part of golf that most golfers believe should be done without a flaw just by hitting straight on the ball. But it is more than that. It should not be treated as a minor thing. Putting depends on the individual and good practice. Start your practice today and consistently from time to time to make your putting skills permanent. Finally, we hope that this guide has given you the best information on mastering the greens and skills required for better putting. Feel free to check our websites for more informational tips. Happy golfing!