Putting is the ultimate stroke saver. As an experienced golfer, I know that putting will make or break my golf score. My target number is less than 30 putts a round and anything under 28 is considered a great round of putting for me. There are many variables that impact my results which cannot be overlooked. There is, however, one skill I have honed that creates my greatest chance of sinking any putt. I believe that a true roll on my putts is the key to lower golf scores.
What is true roll you may ask? That is a great question! Basically, my ball starts rolling immediately (or almost immediately) off my putter head without bouncing the first 25% of the distance. I focus on keeping the ball on the ground as much as possible as soon as possible. This skill is accomplished by how we set up for a putt. It is not a hard skill to master, but does take some practice.
As I stand over my putt, I ensure that my ball is just left of center (I am a right handed player). This position is akin to where my left eye is stationed. Then, I forward press my hands so my right hand (bottom hand on grip) covers the ball. When all of these visual cues are in place, then I am in the proper putting set up for my stroke.
A challenge that experienced over the years is that the longer the putt, the greater chance I had to lose my putting position. This failure in technique forces my ball to bounce more than I want, especially in the first 25% of the distance. What happens in my case is that I try to add too much power by breaking my wrists through contact as I speed up my stroke.
I still do this error from time to time, but much less now than in the past. the error now is more mental than technique which is always a challenge. Regardless, I do know what I am suppose to do on longer putts and most of the time I feel confident standing over the ball. This confidence results in a holed putt or at least a reasonable lag putt.
Developing the skill so your ball rolls on the ground during most of your putt is important. I believe that our set up is the key to success. Establishing the proper position while standing over a putt has lowered my scores and I think it will for you as well.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!