Joel Garyn’s Weekly Golf Tips
This week we will discuss the part of Golf that consumes 40 percent of your game. Yes 40 percent! Putting: For successful putting you need to control only two variables: the distance and direction of the putt. Here are 5 easy fundamentals to help you control the distance and direction of your putts. #1: To develop feel of the proper path of the putting stoke, simply practice putting in between two clubs or 2”x4”s. It is best to practice this drill with short putts of 15 feet or less.
#2-Keep the club head square: Like the first one, keeping the club head square to your path will also promote consistent direction. The longer you can keep the putter face square, or perpendicular to your target line, the better your chance of hitting your putt along the line to the hole.
#3-Keep your lower body stationary: Make believe your lower body from the waist to the bottom of your feet is encased in a barrel of cement. When hitting wood or iron you are trying to advance the ball a great distance. Therefore, it is necessary to transfer your weight throughout the swing.
When putting, you only need to roll the ball a short distance. The less movement from your lower body, the more consistent and accurate you will be. Keep your lower body stationary during the entire putting stroke. Your weight should be evenly distributed on both feet. Your knees should maintain the same flex throughout the stroke. To help see if your lower body moves, practice your putting stroke in front of a mirror.
#4-Do not bend your wrist when putting: This is a common error with many golfers – avoid using your wrists in the putting stroke; it can only destroy the putting stroke. Your shoulders, arms and hands should all move together as one unit. To achieve this, you should feel as if the putting stroke is controlled with your shoulders and arms not your hands and wrists. #5-Accelerate through impact:
During the forward movement of the putting stroke accelerate the club through the point of impact and continue toward your target. If you take the club back 6 inches then you should have the putter head go through the ball for 6 inches on your follow through.
Added thoughts – to help you, stay down and do not follow the ball to the hole too quickly, pick a spot on the ball and don’t take your eyes off the spot until the putter head has gone through the ball. Also, at address the ball position should be slightly to the right of your front instep and your left eye should be directly over the ball. Hope this advice will be of help – and am sure it will, with some serious practice. Good Luck.