Whenever the names of greatest golfers of all time get bantered around, rarely do I hear a woman’s name make the list. This topic has caught my attention and will be a discussion for another day; for now I want to pass on a quick tip by Annika Sörenstam that will help you make those critical putts between 4 and 10 feet. By following her advice, you should lower your score and build confidence during clutch times.
First, here is what she has to say:
I use the exact same routine when I putt except I do not stand behind the ball. I stand just below the ball and look at the hole while getting the feel for the speed I need I need to make the putt.
I also pick a spot just in front of my ball (the distance will vary depending on the length of putt) and I line up the putter head before taking my permanent stance. This entire process is considered my pre-shot routine for putting. It has served me well over many years.
I think the most important aspect of Annika’s routine that is often overlooked is the initial swinging of the putter to establish the speed you want to hit the ball. Many players just swing back and forth without any real intention to determining anything. It seems that it is just something they have seen others do, but do not understand why. Establishing the speed you want to hit the ball before standing over the ball is very important and requires more consideration than anything else during your putting stroke.
I realize that I have stated in several articles before that line is king over speed and I still believe that; however, I am starting to understand that the relationship between the two are symbiotic and to pick a good line, you have to understand the speed at which you are going to putt the ball. This debate continues to rage on.
Regardless on where you stand, Annika’s full routine is a good one and I recommend you practice it if you want to become a better putter. You can many some minor changes to match your game, but the 3 steps she performs are core to lower golf scores.
Does your putting routine looks similar to Annika Sörenstam’s?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links this week – I hope!