Golf is a game that many people enjoy playing. In order to be successful, it takes more than just a love of the sport. It also requires an understanding of the rules and regulations as well as how to putt the ball into the hole in one stroke. If you are new to golf, this blog post will provide you with five easy steps on how to putt like a pro!
The first thing to do when putting is to read the slope of the green. When you are reading the green, remember:
-The slope will always be in a downward motion from back to front
-If there is a hill on one side of the green and it flattens out towards your ball, then that side of the hole will probably have less break. The other three sides with more break as they move away.
The second thing to do is to decide the speed of the ball. By doing this, you will be able to control the break of the ball.
-Aim for your putt to fall below the hole if it is a downhill putt
-Aiming above or on top of the hole could lead to too much speed and affect how far along in front of it breaks.
The third thing is to master a great putting grip. The biggest cause of missed putts is an open or closed putter at impact. This means your hands are not lined up directly with the putter head.
-If you have a closed grip, make sure that your dominant hand is on top and your index finger extended in line with the shaft of the club.
Keep your wrist quiet as this will equal more holed putts
-If you have an open grip, make sure that your thumbs are down and the base of both palms is squared up to the club.
The fourth thing to do when putting is to line yourself up properly. This will give you a better idea of how much power needs to be put into the ball with each swing.
The last thing to do when you are putting is to have a clear mind. If you are thinking about things like what your friend said to you or how much work there is left for the day, it will be hard to focus on making that putt.
Instead of worrying and overthinking, take three deep breaths before each shot.
It’s important to stay calm because if your muscles tense up you will have a bad putting stroke.