2012-04-13 / Sports

Weekly Golf Tips For All Levels, Men And Women

By Joel Garyn

Golf Putting is a game within the game. Anyone can become a proficient putter if he or she desires. A three-foot putt counts the same as a two hundred and fifty-yard drive (one stroke on your score card).

Putting accounts for 40 percent of shots taken. The remainder of the short game shots account for 19 percent. Therefore, 59 percent of your shots are played on or near the green. It only makes sense that the time you spend practicing each shot should be proportional to how often you will use the shot on the golf course.

The next time you go to the driving range you will see people spending a majority of their time hitting balls with the longer clubs while neglecting their short game. As a result they wonder why most of the time their golf scores do not get lower. Regardless of age, strength or gender all golfers have the ability to become skilled at the short game. The shots for the short game do not take strength, because all the shots are on or close to the green.

In this article we will touch on the grip that makes you feel comfortable when holding the putter in your hands.

Before that – your posture and alignment are the same as a full swing. The ball position should be between the center of your feet and the inside edge of your left foot, so you strike the ball on the up-swing portion of the pendulum.

The most common putting grip used is the reverse overlapping grip. Some players use the 10 finger grip, which if comfortable is fine. Whatever grip you use, it is so very important when gripping the putter that you have your thumbs go down the center of the shaft, and make sure the insides of your forearms are facing each other. Also make sure you grip the club loosely, to help improve your feel.

For successful putting you need to control only two variables: the distance and direction of the putt.

#1- Develop a consistent swing path.

#2- Keep the clubhead square.

#3- Keep your lower body stationary

(very still).

#4- Do not bend your wrist when putting.

#5 Accelerate through impact.

Next week I will go through each of the above in detail, in a clear and easy to understand application so you can achieve what all of us are looking for – to improve our game and lower our scores. By absorbing my weekly instruction and above all practicing, you are well on your way to that good feeling as you walk off the 18th hole and can’t wait to come back. Have a wonderful safe week.

Short Game or individual lessons are now available at Riis Park Pitch and Putt-9 Hole. Please call Joel Garyn, U.S.G.T.F. Golf Pro at 718-253-6816 or 1-347-404-3751

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