Golf Putting Tips That Actually Improve Your Golf Scores
There are tons of golf putting tips out there if you do a quick search on Google. But how many of these so called “putting tips” actually improve your short game and help you cut strokes off your golf handicap.
If you’ve been stuck shooting consistent scores on the golf course, then try these putting techniques below during practice and you should see instant improvement.
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Putting Tip #1: Keep track of your putts made versus putts attempted.
How often do you get to the practice green, whip out a few balls, and start stroking random putts with no real purpose or intention behind each putt? Sound familiar?
If you have a habit of grabbing a few balls out of your bag and putting to random holes for 15 minutes before heading out to play 18, then this putting tip will help you improve the quality of those 15 minutes.
I want you to take 5 balls out of your bag (Titleist is who I use) and start with one hole to putt to. Work on breaking putts as well as flat putts.
The key here is recording your made putts versus your putts attempted.
For example, if I hit 10 breaking putts, I’m going to track how many of them were makes and try to improve this score the next time!
Practice your putting with purpose by recording statistics and setting goals. An example goal could be to make 60% of the putts attempted.
This means you’ll need to make 3 out of every 5 putts from inside 20 feet. Putts outside of 20 feet are not worth keeping track of because they are in the range of two putts.
Putting Tip #2: Master the 3 Foot Putt and then Work Backwards
One of the first things professional golfers do when they step onto a practice green is work on the 3 foot putt. Phil Mickelson challenges himself to sink 100 in a row. Tiger woulds sets up tees and does the gate drill which he’s become famous for.
By working from 3 feet first, you establish confidence in your subconscious mind by seeing the ball roll into the cup time and time again.
Once you consistently can knock in 25, 50, or even 100 in a row from 3 feet, you should move backwards to 4 feet, 5 feet, etc. Work to master each distance to the point you can make 80% of your putts.
Putting Tip #3: Never leave breaking putts below the hole.
You’ll never make a putt that is left on the low side of the hole. This is a huge putting tip to remember mentally when reading greens and judging break.
To help you work on this skill, I want you to place a tee on the low side of the hole and in front of the hole so that the tee is between you and the hole.
This way for breaking putts if you don’t play enough break the tee will block the ball from entering the low side of the hole.
It will train you to always give yourself a chance to make the putt by never leaving putts on the low side. Play enough break and you’ll see more putts go in.
Putting Tip #4: Close Your Eyes and Stroke Lag Putts
Lag putting is an area many beginners struggle and it costs you strokes. How many 3 putts do you average per round?
My golf putting tip to cure 3 putting would be work on your lag putts, but do so with your eyes closed!
Pace out a 30 foot to 50 foot putt by making 10 to 15 strides that are about 3 feet in length. Or you can use your 3 foot long putter.
Get yourself set up like you normally would for a putt of this distance and right before you make the stroke close your eyes. Then while your eyes are closed use your senses to judge how hard you think you hit the putt.
Guess in your head whether your putt will be short, the right distance, or long. Open your eyes and evaluate your putt and if you were right or wrong.
This teaches you feel.
Feel is important for stroking lag putts that roll the proper distance so that you can have tap-in’s for the next putt and avoid a dreaded 3 putt.
Putting Tip #5: Perform the 100 putt test once a week
Each week you should test yourself and compare with previous weeks to see if you are improving.
Pick a distance to putt from such as 5 feet and place a tee there to hold the spot. Using 5 or 10 balls perform sets of putts until you’ve putted 100 times from 5 feet.
Record how many you made out of 100 and this is your make percentage at 5 feet.
If you putt with break then make sure to use the same break if possible every week. Otherwise it may be beneficial to find a flat putt.
Again, these are 5 simple putting tips to take to the course and make your practices more focused even if it’s only a few minutes of warming up before heading out onto the course. Pride yourself in getting better and take all putts serious.
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