2008-04-04 / Sports

Golf Instruction - Putting Instructions

By Joel Garyn

(Garyn is a USGFT golf professional. You can contact him for lessons at 347- 404-3751.)

Nothing in golf is more personal than putting. There are almost as many putting styles as there are golfers- and the most recent count by the national golf foundations sets the number of "avid" golfers in the United States, who play more than twenty rounds a year at almost 20 million.

But that's nothing compared to the number of different sizes, shaped and kind of putters that are out there such as blade putters, mallet putters, short, regular, long and superlong putters.

It's hard to overemphasize the importance of the putter, not when a golfer uses it for half his shots. No other club can match it for the emotional devastation wrought by a three-footer missed and which can provide the emotional life of a twenty-footer drained.

Yet unless you count rolling a dozen putts five minutes before your tee time "practicing" and I don't think it's fair to say that the average golfer barely practices putting at all.

No wonder he consistently gives a way a ton of strokes on the green. The bottom line is if you want to be known as a good short game player-practice the right away and spend 50 percent of your practice time working on your putting. Six Components of Putting

(1) Reading the green. (2) Aim. (3) Speed control. (4) Squaring the putter face at impact. (5) Repeating stroke. (6) Attitude. In next week's lesson, we will go over the following in details.

Key concept: Let your arms and shoulders be your single producer of speed. Roll the ball with your eyes. That is, visualize the speed of the ball as its rolling toward the hole before placing your putter behind it.

Don't try to accelerate the putter head. Let the pendulum of your stroke do it for you. Keep your head very quiet and do not follow ball to the hole once it leaves your putter blade.

However much time, you currently spend practicing our putting double it. A good investment, are the indoor putting tracks or ball return cups, sold at all golf stores. You can practice indoors and it certainly will increase your proficiency.

If you have any questions, please email me at itchgolf@aol.com or call. Have a wonderful week and keep it on the short grass.

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