You’re fascinated by the golf parks that you sightsee while on the road to work and in your trips. You’re also fascinated in how golf parks can be awesome bachelor party hangout spots and what’s so fun about golf.
So you take it upon yourself to start golfing. It’s your first day and you try slowly hitting it golf ball. You realize the depth of skill required and where you stand. But this doesn’t stop you. You google for help and stumble upon an article with the most detailed explanation of the art of putting. This is that article. Welcome, to the putting master class.
This article will guide you towards smart play, reducing your strokes, and practical, professional gameplay. And if you’re worried that this article will use highly specific terminology making it extremely hard to follow, then leave your fears behind rookie, for this is simple AF.
The game is simple, you need practice. Yes, this is what everyone says, but no one guides you on how to practice efficiently so that you improve, until now. This article brings the art of putting to a concrete six steps of implementation that you practice, you master putting. For better understanding, collect the following tools before following the proceeding steps. A coin and a golf ball with a straight line across the diameters. Okay, let’s go.
Approaching the ball – More specifically, you need to look at the ball while keeping the position of the hole in mind because that is your goal. You need to look for whether the next is uphill or downhill or on the same level. This will help determine how much force you need behind your stroke. Uphill requires more force, downhill and plane holes require the least force.
Marking the ball – Once you’ve made your shot, the ball either has miraculously landed in the hole whilst the crowd chants your greatness or you’ve just bought the ball a bit closer to the hole. If it’s the first case, then you need to teach me, great legend. But if it’s the second case, then the coin with the centre line comes into play here. Put your coin just before the ball with the line following the trajectory of the ball required to get it in the hole. Look at the reference image below.
Figure 1 – Marking the ball. Courtesy: Golf Side-kick
Step back and think about the trajectory – There can be plenty of reasons why the path you think that will lead the ball to the hole won’t work. Maybe it’s the grass that’s not balanced, or maybe your stick’s kind of unbalanced or there’s a problem with the hole. You need to think about all this now.
Remarking the ball – With your assessment above, it’s time to remark your ball. The first few times you might not feel the need for the readjustment but that’s normal because you don’t have a feel for the game right now. Once you put in some practice shots, you’ll realize how to read the green based on the experienced trajectories. You can mark an arrow for the line on the coin to better help you guide the ball and trajectory.
Visualize – Take a step back and visualize the trajectory. Take a few practice swings to get a feel for the force you’ll be putting with. The ball always curves when it nears the hole with a slow speed so account that into your trajectory. It is a trial and error process so relax and visualize.
Take the shot – You’ve visualized everything and you’ve done all the preparation you could’ve done. It’s now time to take that shot. But wait, there’s something you need to do before taking that shot.
The nervousness kicks in here and you doubt in the trajectory you’ve visualized. To prevent this nervousness spoiling the shot, it is mandatory that you not look up after you’ve made the shot. Just listen for the magic sound of sinking the ball and you’ll know you’ve done it right.
Now that we’ve covered the long shots, let’s concentrate on the short ones. The distance between the golf ball and the hole can deeply affect your sense of perception, thereby disrupting a great opportunity for a clean putt. But I’ve got you my dude. The problem is the perception of force. Since the distance is lesser than usual, in our attempt to get it into the hole in one attempt, we underestimate the force needed thereby missing the hole by inches. The estimation of the trajectory becomes smooth and easy, so you need to concentrate on the force you need to apply. It is again a trial and error process, but practice will get you there.
In synopsis here are the vital strides for how to putt better: Observe your ball comparative with the opening when moving toward the green. Imprint your ball with a striped coin, with the stripe pointing someplace on your planned line. Peruse the green and choose a line.
Change the arrangement and set your ball back down. Line up the stripe ready to a flaw or piece of turf on the green that is on your line (close to two or three feet away).
Take a couple of training strokes to feel the measure of the intensity you need. Set up to the ball with your left eye over the ball. Line up the arrangement help on the rear of the putter to the line ready. Hit the putt yet don’t lift your head. Try not to allow your wrists to break. They ought to stay firm. Hang tight for the sound of the ball falling in the hole. I hope this guide has helped you make better putts and has met all your expectations as the ultimate guide.