Art of Putting in Golf

by : James Murray

The location where the majority of the game of golf is played is on the greens, and putting, pure and simple is the most important part of golf.

Putting looks so simple and easy, rolling that little white ball into a nearby golf hole. But mastering the skill of putting has

threatened many a golfer's sanity.

There are a few tips to help improve a golfers putting skills.

Golfers should use only one ball when they practice their putting. This is closer to what a real game is like. They tend to concentrate better this way than if they have a bucket of balls to keep digging into. Golfers should practice their putting daily.

Putting is not all in the wrists. When a golfer is putting, the palms of their hands face each other. This prevents one hand from

dominating and ensures that both work together for them.

Golfers should make sure that they are totally relaxed before they strike the ball. They should loosen up their muscles so they feel flabby and jelly-like. Golfers should never tense up their muscles when putting!

Make their back and follow through strokes the same length.

Keep their putter face square by weakening their left hand and strengthening their right.

Rely less on their wrists and more on their shoulders when putting.

Keep that left wrist firm.

Relax their knees a little. Do not lock up.

Golfers heels should be shoulder-width apart.

Gary McCord advises that on curved putts, they should keep their feel parallel to the line they have chosen, not parallel to the hole.

As they make contact with the ball, they want to accelerate the putter. Keep the putter grip moving toward their target.

It is better to miss a putt by sending it beyond the hole than by having it come up short. Finishing off the shot will be easier.

Practice their putting at home on their carpet when the weather is bad, or when they cannot get to the golf course.

Find a putter that works well for them and stay with it.

Have something at stake at every hole so a golfer becomes accustomed to putting under pressure.