Master your golf putt

Developing a Powerful Putting Game

Most golfers start out by developing their long game. They strive to achieve the greatest possible distance for each driver. This allows them to choose a driver based on the length of the fairway. They work in a consistent punch pattern to maintain direction and distance to the target. However, golfers will always find that even if they can consistently hit the green in one or two shots, if their short game is weak, they can bogey quickly.

The first step to mastering golf putting is gaining the confidence that you can putt. Novice golfers' confidence with a shot begins to wane when the putting distance exceeds three feet. Some beginners are especially intimidated when the ball is 20 feet or more from the target. In their hearts they have decided to let themselves be recruited two or more times. However, the correct mindset is a hole in one. Practice and control will help beginners build the confidence they need to do this.

As with long-distance running, the keys to short-distance running are direction and distance. Advanced golfers use their stance to control direction and send the ball in the right direction with consistent shots. A practice drill involves practicing with the staff and three tees. Choose a level putting green and place the ball three feet from the hole. Then align the shaft in the direction of the putter. Place one on the outside of the toe of the putter and the other on the inside of the heel of the putter to form two tee boxes. Everyone will be lined up with the ball. Position the third tee behind the ball, in line with your right foot. Now practice putting, being careful not to disturb any of the tees.

Swinging the putter between the gate tees ensures that the ball hits the center of the club, the "sweet spot." The third tee limits the backward movement of the putter, ensuring that it has the proper forward acceleration to send the ball the required three feet. Practice will help you consistently send the ball in the correct direction the correct distance of three feet. The next step is to repeat the process at six feet, without the third tee. Control distance by adding backswing. Practice making sure that even if the direction is not correct and the ball does not sink, the ball does not travel a foot beyond the cup.

The last step is to be able to read the terrain. Practicing on uneven greens and repeating each shot until you get used to it. Constant practice will familiarize you with the wide variety of rests.