A Guide to Becoming a Better Putter

If you want to lower your golf scores, improving your putter is easily the fastest way to make that happen. Putting has a huge influence on your score, so spending your practice time on the putting green makes a lot of sense. During those practice sessions, you need to know what to work on, and how to work on it, in order to successfully improve both your technique and your results.

Use the following tips to focus your putting practice sessions and take another step toward your goal of better golf scores.

  • Improve speed control. Having good speed control is the single most important element to being a good putter, but most golfers don’t focus on improving this part of their putting. Practice by rolling long putts across the practice green and try to get the speed as accurate as possible even on very long putts. This is one thing you can get better at simply through repetition, so spend enough time on the practice green to develop a better feel for how hard to roll the ball.
  • Practice green reading. Of course, you need to accurately read the greens on the course to pick the right line and speed to make your putts. However, most golfers don’t practice reading greens while they are practicing. When you are hitting practice putts, try going through your complete putting routine – reading the break and all. Doing this will take more time, but it will make your practice sessions more helpful in terms of actually putting better on the course.
  • Keep your eyes still. Moving your eyes around during the putting stroke is a bad habit to get into. Try picking out a specific spot on the golf ball and focusing on it during the stroke until the ball is gone. When you do this successfully, your eyes will remain ‘quiet’ and you won’t get distracted while making the putting motion.
  • Light grip pressure. If you squeeze the putter grip too tightly, you will lose your feel for the putter head and have trouble rolling the ball the correct distance. While on the practice green, work on holding the putting as lightly as possible while still keeping control of the club. Light grip pressure gives you more feel, and you should find that you are getting your distance correct more often than you did with a tighter grip.
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