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Putting

Control is key when it comes to perfect putting. From setup positions to the latest and greatest equipment, improve your game with the putting instruction articles below.



The Other Game

If you want to be a complete golfer, you have to become a masterful putter

The Other GameTo paraphrase Ben Hogan, golf is two games, the full swing and putting.

Two Tips For More One-Putts

Lower your scores now!

Two Tips For More One-PuttsIf your distance control is good on lag putts, you should leave yourself a lot of short second putts.

The 4-Step Putting Routine

Far easy steps to drain more putts

The 4-Step Putting RoutineIf you don’t prepare correctly, odds are, no matter how good you read the greens or how fluid your stroke may be, you may still find yourself missing putts.

Get Fit!

Match the right putter to your stroke

Get Fit!The other day, I was reading through a club company’s literature and saw that they were offering 15 different putter models for their 2011 line.

Putt 4 Dough

Drain Putts From All Over The Green

Putt 4 DoughLine up three balls about 10 feet from the cup.

Putting Absolutes

Drain It From Everywhere

Putting AbsolutesWhen it comes to putting, personal preference almost always wins.

How To Win The Masters

There Is More Than One Way To Come Out On Top

How To Win The MastersOne of the things I enjoy most in golf is the opportunity to travel to Augusta, Ga., for The Masters each spring.

Why You Can’t...

(and how you can)

Why You Can’t...One of the great things about the game of golf is that, on occasion, all of us, even the highest handicapper, will hit a shot like a pro. It might be a well-struck drive, hitting a par-5 in two or holing out a bunker shot.

Swing Myths and Simple Fixes

Swing Myths and Simple FixesI’ve seen so many different approaches to golf instruction that some things have come full circle. For every instructor who says keep your head down, another says let it turn.

10 Best Tips

(You've Never Heard)

10 Best TipsIf you’ve ever received a lesson, or better yet, a series of lessons, it’s likely you’ve been told to do the same thing more than once.

5 Ways To Putt

Which one are you?

5 Ways To PuttEIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE INFORMATION people take in is visual. That is,what we see is most of what we know. Consider the last movie you saw.

8-Second Countdown

How to make the most of those crucial moments before you putt.

8-Second Countdown

Standing over a putt for too long (and “freezing” up) can seriously impact the fluidity of your putting stroke. To make sure you don’t get this “overanalysis paralysis,” I suggest you don’t wait too long in between your last practice stroke and your actual putt. In fact, it should take you a maximum of eight seconds! Anything longer than that, and it’s hard to retain the desired feel for the putt at hand.

On The Fringe

How practicing on an arc can improve your stroke

On The FringeGolfers use two kinds of putting strokes: a square-to-square stroke that swings (and stays) square to the target line and an arcing stroke that travels inside the target line on the backstroke and follow through.

Through The Gates

Putting really shouldn't be any more complicated than this

Through The GatesIn my many years of teaching, I’ve read, heard, seen and been told a number of putting tips that, I feel, only serve to overcomplicate what should be a simple motion. I think putting is just rolling the ball, so I like to keep things simple. Here, I’m practicing a drill that helps me keep the ball on the right path. All I do is place two golf balls about six inches apart, and a foot in front of my ball, and then make a stroke.

Knock It!

Practice makes perfect with this simple drill

Knock It!Here’s another easy tip to apply the next time you’re on the putting green. Simply place a golf ball about six inches behind your ball and make a stroke. If you miss the ball (swinging either above it or to the side), then your backswing path is offline or too steep. Take a look at the illustration, and you’ll see that I actually knock the second ball as my putter swings back.

Putting Problems

The top 5 mistakes you should avoid in your putting game

Putting ProblemsIf you look at any great player, he or she has a routine for every shot. And when it comes to putting, better players know that sticking to a routine is necessary for making consistent strokes. Now, what kind of routine should you have? That’s up to you. Just try and incorporate what I’m doing here, which is looking at the putt from behind the ball, about halfway down the putting line and one more look from behind the hole. This helps to get a clear picture of the slope and speed. All that’s left here is for me to make a couple practice strokes and hit the ball. Just remember, this is my routine because it happens to work well for me.

Keep It Stable!

Why solid putting demands a stable base.

Keep It Stable!If you want to become a better putter, you have to learn to stabilize the lower body as much as possible. All great putters have a rock-steady lower half and swing the putter from above the waist. Now, deciding whether you’re a hands-driven putter or a shoulder-driven putter (or both!) is a matter of personal style, but one thing is for sure: No matter how you choose to swing with the upper body, the lower body must stay as still as possible.

Short Putts

Short PuttsThe three simple keys to consistently sinking short putts are: making contact with the center of the putterface, making contact with a square putterface that’s on-line to the target and accelerating the clubhead through impact. If you learn to do these three things, your short putting, and overall putting, will improve quickly and should stay solid for good.

Cure Your Yips!

Can't knock it in from five feet? My tips will cure your yips!

Cure Your Yips!

Why do people get the yips? From a lack of confidence they feel after missing short putts and from anticipating poor impact.

Knee Knockers

Knee KnockersDown the stretch, the last thing you want is to find yourself uncomfortable over a short putt. In most cases, the yips comes from the golfer decelerating, the putter then strays offline and well, there you have a missed putt!

Show Me The Money!

Show Me The Money!Unlike the full swing, putting requires the utmost in limited and controlled movements. Any swaying, lifting or sliding can cause you to miss putts. The same holds true for your eyes. Any deviation from the golf ball through impact can lead to a variety of mis-hits that affect not only your aim but your distance control as well.

One Hand Control

One Hand ControlIn everyday life, we rarely use both hands to accomplish a motor task. This is one of the reasons why putting with just one hand on the handle can yield positive results.

Set Up Like A Pro

Set Up Like A ProUnlike the golf swing, there are almost no centrifugal forces at work in the putting stroke. Therefore, whatever you do at address pretty much determines what you’ll do with the putter during the stroke. In studying the best players on Tour, it’s easy to find common denominators in both their setup positions and strokes. Obviously, there are exceptions to every rule, but for the most part, common traits run rampant in the setup positions of great putters. Specifically, they establish four key setup lines.

 
 
 
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