Learn To Putt
The average golf player takes several strokes on the green and spends warm-up time beating balls on the range. He or she seldom spends time on the practice green. However, those who are new to golf can focus practicing on putting which stroke can be made simple and grooved in just a few sessions.
Some people may find it challenging to putt in golf but for those who have found the technique, putting can be easy when kept natural, and when the player does not let himself or herself distracted by anything. The best putters focus on their target line and roll their ball on such line. Here are some of the tips in putting:
Let the left hand be the guide
Make the left hand the direction hand, just like when shooting a free throw with the right hand and make the left hand the guide. It is advisable to practice putting left hand only. Instead of bumping the grip with fingers, it is better to do it with the back of the hand.
Focus on rolling instead of hitting
It is not hitting the ball but rolling it. That is the key to distance control. This is by taking an open stance with the body weight favored slightly on the left side and the putter shafts toward the target. It would be easier to feel the left hand that goes out and down the target with the open stance.
It helps the ball to roll with the forward lean offsetting the loft’s four degrees for a putter. When making the stroke, the putter head should be kept low to the ground past the impact. Still the golf ball should not be hit when the putter ascends slightly since it will make the ball hop.
Grip the club in fingers
In the stroke, the putter should be gripped in any way but should not hinder the role of the left hand. It should be made sure that the club is gripped with the fingers, with the shaft running up the lifeline on the left hand to control the clubface. The right forefinger can be dropped down the shaft but not for steering. Finger equals feel so the palms can be put aside.
Hitting a bad putt is when the player is brain-locked from staring a lot at the ball. Some players avoid it by not looking at the ball at all but at the spot fronting the ball on the target line. Then roll the ball over such spot. When practicing, putting a tee in the ground fronting the ball is good as it gets one to think about the target line and not the stroke. Imagining the ball going in on the hole’s high side on a breaking putt may also help free one’s mind.
A good rule of thumb is not to change one’s mind while he is over a putt. Putts seem different from above compared from the side. The ground that one stands on may not even be sloped as it is adjacent to the hole. The golf ball does the curving on the putt’s last third, which is a good reason to stand to the putt’s side since it makes evaluating the last third easier.