Golf Putting Mechanics (End)

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Putting Routine 2 

  • When the putt is lined up the golfer will approach the When the putt is lined up the golfer will approach the ball from behind and place the club face squarely ball from behind and place the club face squarely behind the ball behind the ball
  • After the club is placed comfortably behind the ball, After the club is placed comfortably behind the ball, then the feet are positioned from the club and ball then the feet are positioned from the club and ball
  • Note the club must be put in place behind the ball first; Note the club must be put in place behind the ball first; then the feet are positioned a comfortable distance then the feet are positioned a comfortable distance from the ball from the ball
  • While positioned over the ball, the golfer will take a While positioned over the ball, the golfer will take a couple of looks up at the hole, just as a reminder where couple of looks up at the hole, just as a reminder where the hole is and how far away it is the hole is and how far away it is
  • The golfer will take a few seconds to concentrate on The golfer will take a few seconds to concentrate on the ball; looking directly at the logo or other marker on the ball; looking directly at the logo or other marker on the ball

Putting routine 3

The golfer must try not to spend too much time The golfer must try not to spend too much time waiting over the ball; after a couple of seconds waiting over the ball; after a couple of seconds the golfer should start the stroke the golfer should start the stroke

  • The stroke starts with the backswing; following the The stroke starts with the backswing; following the backswing the club swings slowly forward to meet backswing the club swings slowly forward to meet the ball the ball
  • The time from the beginning of the backswing to The time from the beginning of the backswing to contact with the ball ranged from .65 s to 1.3 s contact with the ball ranged from .65 s to 1.3 s depending on the golfer depending on the golfer
  • Each good golfer shows consistency in completion Each good golfer shows consistency in completion times regardless of the distance of the putt

Common Putting Errors

  • Missing the center of the clubface and having the ball Missing the center of the clubface and having the ball contact the club off center- this will often cause the contact the club off center- this will often cause the club to twist at impact and the ball will move off to the club to twist at impact and the ball will move off to the side following contact and miss the hole side following contact and miss the hole
  • Moving the head backward during the backswing Moving the head backward during the backswing and/or forward during the forward swing- this will and/or forward during the forward swing- this will cause the club head to move off the correct cause the club head to move off the correct pathpath-” ”you moved your head!”
  • If you move your axis of rotation through the middle If you move your axis of rotation through the middle of your head, this will alter the low point of the of your head, this will alter the low point of the pendulum and decrease contact accuracy

Common Putting Errors 2

  • Too long a backswing will also cause errors in Too long a backswing will also cause errors in accuracy of impact with the ball; accuracy of impact with the ball; backswing should be as short as possible backswing should be as short as possible
  • Errors in alignment of the ball with the hole are Errors in alignment of the ball with the hole are common- golfer must square up the club face common- golfer must square up the club face with the line of target very carefully with the line of target very carefully
  • Too much wrist movement during the stroke- the Too much wrist movement during the stroke- the wrists must not break and must remain locked wrists must not break and must remain locked during the entire stroke during the entire stroke
  • A common error is breakdown (flexion) of the left A common error is breakdown (flexion) of the left wrist through contact- left wrist should remain wrist through contact- left wrist should remain rigid

Common Putting Errors 3

  • Grip pressure control is important. Grip pressure control is important.
  • Nervousness while putting will tighten the Nervousness while putting will tighten the muscles in both your arms and hands. This muscles in both your arms and hands. This increased pressure will cause you to modify increased pressure will cause you to modify your normal stroke. your normal stroke.
  • In order to become an accomplished putter, In order to become an accomplished putter, you must find your own way of dealing with you must find your own way of dealing with pressure. pressure.
  • Good Putters “see” themselves making the putt Good Putters “see” themselves making the putt before they stroke it. before they stroke it.
  • Good Putters do everything they can to reduce Good Putters do everything they can to reduce their heartbeat and tension level before they their heartbeat and tension level before they putt.
  • Remember, keep your head still, follow Remember, keep your head still, follow through and good putting!!
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