Eye Position

The proper putting setup is an important ingredient in a golfer’s success. Setting the eyes in the correct position is one of the critical factors that’s often overlooked. On that subject, there are two schools of thought.

Accelerate The Putter

Acceleration is the increasing speed at which the clubhead moves through the ball and is important not only for hitting shots of substantial distance, but also for short putts. In fact, if you find that you’re missing too many short putts, the cause may be failure to accelerate the putterhead. Here’s a drill that will help.

Good Breaks

To be a great putter, you have to have sound fundamentals. This requires a steady putting stroke that regularly sends the ball rolling in the desired direction. You also ought to have a clear idea of what direction you should roll the ball–not only in the first few feet, but also during the entire distance of the putt. To do this effectively, you need to know how the green breaks by looking at two components of the putt: speed and direction. Some instructors argue that speed is the most important factor in putting because it dictates direction–that is, more speed equals less break, less speed equals more break.

Match Posture With Path

The secret to consistently putting well is to match your posture to

your stroke type. However, the conventional wisdom applied by most

recreational golfers is that while putting, anything goes (witness the

claw grip, the left-hand low technique and the belly-anchored stroke).

And while many a Tour victory has been fueled by an unorthodox method,

one fundamental shouldn’t be ignored: How you stand to the ball

conditions how you stroke it.

No-Frills Putting Drills

Nine easy ways to lower your score

A quiet body, a ball at rest, a short back-and-forth motion—how could

something so simple cause so many headaches? It’s a question that

occupies the minds of touring professionals and weekend warriors alike.

Wouldn’t it be great if putting was as simple as it sounds, where every

round was as automatic as the clinic Aaron Baddeley put on at Harbour

Town this year (97 putts over 72 holes)? Jeff Ritter, director of

instruction at the ASU Karsten Golf Academy in Tempe, Ariz., believes

putting isn’t complicated. And to help solve your putting woes, he has

put together his No-Frills Putting Drills—nine straightforward,

no-nonsense exercises intended to be practiced on your own, without the

aid of an instructor. Practice these drills and, before you know it,

you’ll actually look forward to working with the flatstick.

Three Speeds For Less Three-Putts

Most recreational golfers don’t spend as much time on the practice putting green as they should, and when they do make the effort to roll a few balls for improvement’s sake, it’s usually done without purpose. Practice is most effective when you have a specific focus or goal and it’s the only method to truly improve your putting technique–and to easily drop a few strokes per round. The following Three-Speed Drill is a purposeful method for doing just that by involving four key areas of successful putting: green reading, concentration, speed control and accuracy.

Fine-Tune Your Stroke

The ability to control putterhead speed translates into the ability to control the speed of the ball and, ultimately, your ability to make more than your fair share of putts. If your control has become shaky, here’s a two-part drill to help you get the ball rolling at the speed you desire.

One Hour To Better Putting

A tried-and-true method for becoming a lights-out putter

For most golfers, finding time to practice putting is difficult. In fact, it’s no easy task to find time to improve in any area of the game. Therefore, it’s essential that players not only create practice opportunities whenever they can, but also budget practice time to maximize effectiveness and create better habits.

Yikes The Yips

Though diagnosed a hundred different ways, the yips begin with loss of conscious, directional control of the ball off the putterface. Next comes the resultant loss of confidence. And suddenly, the possibility of actually hitting a controllable putt into the hole becomes nil. Yikes!

One-Armed Putting

It sounds crazy, but one-armed putting can improve even the worst putting strokes. Putting with your rear arm (the right arm for a right-handed golfer) helps instill a feeling of acceleration through the putt, which is absolutely critical for creating a smooth, end-over-end roll. Rear-arm putting accomplishes this largely due to the weight of the putter–with two hands, it’s easy to manipulate the club and make jabbing or decelerating strokes. But with one hand on the club, you don’t have the coordination or strength to manipulate the putter. You’ll need to rock your shoulders and control the stroke with your body, not your arm, two hallmarks of a fundamentally solid stroke.