Are you consistently missing short putts, those crucial ones from 5-10 feet? You're not alone. Many golfers struggle with this part of their game, and often the issue lies in the putting routine. In this video, we'll delve into some proven putting tips to help you sink more of those nerve-wracking short putts. These are actionable insights that can change the way you approach your putts and can ultimately lower your scores.
Cut Down on Target Checking
One common mistake that many golfers make is checking their target too many times. You might be standing over the ball and looking at your target four or even more times before taking your shot. That's unnecessary and could mess with your focus and confidence.
The Optimized Putting Routine
Step 1: Stand Back From The Ball
Once you’ve lined up your shot, step back from the ball. This gives you a moment to clear your mind and prepare for your putt.
Step 2: Take Two Practice Swings
Take two practice swings while keeping your eyes on your target. The reason behind this is simple yet powerful: it helps you "feel the distance" you need to cover. By visualizing the target and executing a couple of practice swings, you can calibrate your senses to make a more accurate putt.
Step 3: Consider Your Target Carefully
The target isn’t always the hole. Depending on the slope and other conditions, you might be aiming to the left or right of the hole, or even beyond it if it’s an uphill putt. Read the break and aim accordingly. For example, if the putt is uphill and the break goes to the right, look past the hole and focus on the left edge.
Step 4: Speed Up the Process
For short putts, you don't need to overthink it. In fact, standing over the ball too long can result in over-analysis and ultimately a missed shot. Make your routine quicker for shots from 10 feet and in. This takes the extra, often unhelpful, thought out of the process, enabling you to focus on executing a good putt.
By simplifying your routine and speeding up your process, you can improve your short game significantly. Remember, the aim is to feel the distance and take into account the specific conditions for each putt. Whether the putt requires a firmer shot or a softer touch, adjusting your aim based on your read of the break can make all the difference.
So the next time you find yourself struggling with short putts, go back to these putting tips. Not only will they help improve your accuracy, but they will also make you a more confident putter. Happy putting!
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