Putting Tips For Amateur Golfers

Have you ever wondered why amateur golfers rarely give any putting tips? Of course, our friends offer many suggestions on a sure fire way to lower your golf scores, but they generally are a description on how they putt and not a stroke that fits your game. Putting is challenging and it is a stroke that is unique to every golfer. Of course there is an 80% solution for putting as most strokes I have observed have these fundamental tendencies. So, today I thought I would provide those observations and hopefully they will help lower your golf scores.

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A Quick Putting Lesson from Jack Nicklaus

Putting is key to low golf scores. This is no revelation and not very profound, but something most amateurs (including myself) forget from time to time. I have my own putting style that I described it many years ago (Start with Part 1 if you are interested) and it follows most of Jack Nicklaus views on putting. I mean why not, it he is one of the greatest ever. So, today I thought I would offer a quick tip from Jack Nicklaus to help you with your short game.

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A Teachable Golf Moment

I discussed leaving the flag in while putting for sometime now. It has been fruitful and for the most part, I think most amateurs are leaving the flag in. Their reasons are their own and I, as a grateful golfer, have given up trying decide what is the best course of action. I like to have the flag out, but I not overly adverse to leaving it in for long putts. To each their own. However, the other day, I found a teachable moment on the course regarding the flag left in that I thought I would share.

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Fighting With My Short Game

I generally have a solid shot game or at least I think so. Unfortunately, I have struggled on the greens lately for no apparent reason. My putting numbers have grown only by 3, but that number is the difference between 77 and 74. At my course, I need to shoot 74 half the time out to maintain my handicap. So, for now that is my target number. As the rest of my game improves, my putting seems to be holding me back!

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