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Reading difficult greens   Leave a comment

reading greensYou could play the perfect shot on every hole up until reaching the green and if your game falls apart at this point, you will struggle to make par.  Putting is arguably the most important part of golf and if you reach every green on the course under regulation but fail to read them properly, making a birdie or par will become very difficult.

Sometimes, you will land the ball on the green right next to the hole and leave yourself a simple tap-in.  However, much of the time your ball will be further away from the hole and you will be left with a tricky putt.

Reading the green is one of the most important aspects of putting and if you do not have a flat run to the hole, you must look at the surface and decide how the ball is going to behave once it has left the face of your putter.

Reading greens is not an easy skill to acquire but one of the biggest mistakes many beginner golfers make is to concentrate on the line of the putt, without taking any breaks into consideration.

As you approach the green, start looking any potential breaks between your ball and the hole.  Some slopes will become obvious when you reach the putting surface and you will immediately notice a significant break.

Look for the high points of the green and the direction of the breaks coming from them.  Having an overall picture of the green and its contours will help when you step up to your ball and begin planning your putt.

Subtle breaks are not always easy to see and you can use the other balls on the green to help with this task.  What height are these balls in comparison to yours?  If there are other golf balls higher or lower than yours, this suggests a potential break on the putt.

If you are playing alone or the last to putt, place the flat stick down on the opposite side of the hole and check to see if it is higher, lower or dropping at an angle from one side to the other.  Always use the items you have at your disposal to look for any breaks in the green.

Look for any drainage around the green as the greenkeeper will position this to collect water as it runs off the green.  This means the green is breaking towards the drainage area and will give you some insight as to the potential break of the putt.

Finally, don’t forget to watch your playing partners as they make their putts.  Study how their ball reacts as it rolls across the green and use this information to judge your own putt.

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Posted 6 May, 2018 by E. Marino in Putter

Putting Drill: Improve your putting touch with this simple drill   Leave a comment

1-puttIf you can sharpen your awareness of how the power you are applying translates into how far the ball goes, you can really start to improve your putting feel. Here is a simple game that will help. Gather 10 balls – ideally the same brand and model you use in competition. Strike the first one 20ft or so away.

Your goal for the next ball is to get it as close to the first ball as possible while leaving it short of it. Repeat that task for each subsequent putt. Ultimately, your goal is to fit all nine balls between that first one and the point you are putting from.

To achieve that, you’ll need to keep each gap down to no more than a couple of feet. That demands pure touch and feel. Make this game a regular part of your putting practice and your touch will dramatically improve.

Mind the Games

If your putt goes past the ball before, start again. Can you fit all nine balls between the furthest ball and your putting position?

Posted 16 January, 2018 by E. Marino in Putter, Tips, Today´s Golfer

Try old drill for consistent rolls   Leave a comment

Putting-drillSometimes your stroke can get out of whack, and you start mis-hitting the ball.

Create a gate with two tees just wider than your putterhead and hit putts without the club touching either tee.

If you loop the putterhead to the outside during the stroke, you’ll bump the outside tee. If you swing it to the inside, you’ll bump the inside tee.

Go through clean, and you’re hitting the ball in the center of the face. Just like any other shot in golf, if you catch it in the center, with the face square, you’re going to get a good result. That’s what you see the best putters do.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Harmon, Putter, Tiger Woods

Two skills for great putting   Leave a comment

One for long putts, one inside five feet

Putting-stanceBeing a great putter doesn’t mean you’re rolling in bombs all day. Sure, that would be nice, but quality putting is about distance control from long range and precise aim on the short ones.

From inside five feet, the biggest problem I see is a careless routine. It drives me crazy when golfers step up to a putt and plop their feet into place before thinking about where to aim the putter.

Essentially, their feet have already dictated their aim. A better routine is to aim the putterface very carefully down your intended start line, then take a comfortable stance and go. If you do that—let your aim drive your setup, not the other way around—you’ll make a ton more of these short putts.

For long putts, the first thing to check is grip pressure. Too often amateurs strangle the club, especially when they think they have to hit the putt harder for the ball to reach the hole. The problem is, the tighter your grip, the worse your chances of having any feel for distance. You need a light hold, so you can feel the weight of the putterhead as it swings, and keep that same pressure throughout the stroke.

More distance comes from a longer stroke, not a burst of speed at impact.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter

Putting   Leave a comment

imageThe three of us put our minds together to really determine the most important aspect of sinking a clutch putt. A soft grip and a smooth stroke back and through matter.

But kept coming back to as the key to holing a crucial putt is a steady head. Any excessive head movement can cause you to roll the ball on a different line than you intended, or alter the face so it’s no longer square to that line.

You’re anxious to see where the ball’s going, and it’s hard not to track the movement of the putter or ball with your eyes. But to make sure you give yourself the very best chance of making one, you’ve got to check your head. Keep it as still as possible.

Just remember not to tense up simply because you’ve got this feeling of being in lockdown with your noggin. In fact, when you stand over the putt, don’t make a stroke until you feel your shoulders and jaw bone relax. When the tension is gone, hit the putt and don’t look up for at least a full second.

You don’t need to see it go in. It’s way more illin’ to hear the ball rattle around as you stare at your opponent.

Posted 10 December, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter

Trigger Your Touch   Leave a comment

How to control distance with two fingers

Initiate movement using your right thumb and forefinger.

magazine-2010-04-maar01-smith-220To create the feel you need to chip it close, use the thumb and forefinger of your right hand to initiate the movement. Those fingers are crucial to controlling wrist hinge, which is the key to hitting accurate distances.

As you start back, squeeze the grip with a trigger-finger action (right), letting your right wrist hinge and the club move slightly inward and upward. Once you’ve done that, simply maintain that hinge as you pivot your body toward the target through impact. Your goal is to keep the shaft leaning forward and to make ball-first contact.

The most common amateur mistake, is gripping the club in the right palm, which makes it harder to hinge the club correctly and control distance.

Posted 12 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter, Tips

Make windy putting a breeze   Leave a comment

When most golfers think about the wind, they’re primarily interested in how it affects the flight of their ball. But wind can also affect the roll of your ball.

Just marking the ball proved to be a challenge.

 Low Handicapper When putting in the wind, it’s easy to become distracted and lose your concentration — not to mention your balance. The key is to anchor yourself to the ground and stabilize your stance.

Take your normal putting address position, then spread your feet wide, so that your heels are outside your shoulders. Now grip down on the putter so that your fingers are almost touching the metal portion of the shaft.

These adjustments will lower your body’s center of gravity, helping you stay "connected" to the ground and making it easier to putt with stability and confidence.

Posted 8 July, 2016 by E. Marino in Golf.com, Putter, Tips