Be a great putter with the perfect putting stroke
Is your putting stroke leaving you feeling frustrated and angry?
Maybe you’ve even tried changing grips and putters thinking that was the problem?
We’ve all been in the same situation before searching for that allusive tip or secret to the perfect putting stroke.
The good news is finding the perfect putting stroke is a lot easier than you think.
You only need to understand some basic fundamentals and you are on your way to holing more putts.
Believe it or not, it only takes 5 minutes to become a great putter and develop the perfect putting stroke.
I learnt some incredible putting skills from the Putting Game Improvement Program that will improve your putting in minutes.
The 3 keys to a solid putting stroke are:-
Maintain a consistent arc
The putting arc is the path that the putter head travels going back and through the golf putting stroke.
Golfers either take it back and through on a slight inside path or some prefer to take it straight back and straight through. Both methods work!
Former PGA Champion Paul Azinger explains both putting strokes below.
It doesn’t matter which method you choose, what does matter is that you keep it consistent every time.
In other words, if you like to putt on an arc make sure on the downswing that you stay on that same arc.
A common fault is pushing the putter head outside of the line and cutting across the golf ball.
This causes sidespin on the ball and your putts to move offline.
Conversely if you’re a straight back and through putter maintain that arc. Common faults are to pull or push the putter head across the ball which also result in poorly struck putts starting off line.
Remember, to get the perfect putting stroke for you just keep it as consistent as possible.
Maintain the triangle
To achieve the perfect putting stroke it’s vital that you maintain what is known as the triangle for the entire length of the stroke.
The triangle is formed at address between the shoulders and arms. (see picture right). This triangle is the foundation of every good putting stroke.
The shoulders and arms should rock back and forth from start to finish in one smooth motion. It is often referred to as putting like a pendulum in a grandfather clock.
If you’re not making many putts, this is the first place to look!
No breaking wrists
This forms part of maintaining the triangle but is so important it deserves a headline of its own.
Breaking the wrists is arguably the most common fault I see in golfers with poor putting strokes.
It usually sees some hinging of the wrists resulting in the putter head moving offline.
If this is your problem then the fastest way to fix it is to focus on maintaining the triangle above.
This ensures both wrists are steady and keeps the putter head smooth and on the correct path back and through the golf ball.
It’s your turn
Give these tips a try and develop your own perfect putting stroke. It’s not as hard as you think and soon enough you’ll be dropping putts from everywhere.
Let me know your results, I would love hear from you.
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