My last round of golf resulted in a significant improvement in my putting. I struggled for a bit this season and I was perplexed as to why. Not knowing where to turn, I reread my 5 part guide to putting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). I needed to find out why my putting was not quite up to snuff and this was a great place to start. As it turned out, my current stroke only needed tweaking and not a complete overall. Now that is a relief!
After my introspection, I realized I was only doing 2 things that were causing my putting woes. They were quick fixes and suddenly my putting was meeting my expectations. I still aligned my putt properly, my arms were in proper position, my stroke was still smooth, and I was aggressive to hit the ball past the hole (most of the time). Yet, I was missing my putts left and my stroke felt uncomfortable.
My first change was to stand taller. I was too hunched over, which blocked my arm movements. By standing up, I was able to align my putts better because I could see the line better. Additionally, my pendulum motion was smoother and as such, I made crisper contact with the ball. I did not have to swing the club as far on longer putts, therefore I had greater control on speed and distance.
The second change was to find a mark on my line a short distance in front of my ball. The mark I chose was always in my vision when I looked at the ball – thus it was never more than 2 or 3 feet from my ball. Now, I only have 2 points to focus on when putting, the back of my ball and my alignment mark.
These two minor changes transformed my putting instantly. It is makes sense that I would see immediate results because of the hours I have practiced and honed my putting stroke. During the end of my last round, I was putting with purpose. I hand focused on keeping the recent changes part of my routine and the results were excellent.
As I hit the links tonight for Men’s Night, I will ensure to keep these (and the other guidelines) in mind on the putting surface. It will be about staying focused!
How is your putting this year?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!