Golf Course Management

Tips That Will Help You Become a Better Putter


You know what the adage is: Drive for show, and putt for dough! National golf tour players and weekend golf warriors will both attest to the validity of that expression. Good putting can save a hole or an entire round of golf. Since roughly half the strokes you take on the links will be on the carpet, it makes sense to work on this part of your game.


Here are tips, garnered from the pros and proven over many years, that will have you shaving strokes from your scorecard. Like anything else, the moreyou put into it, the greater the rewards!


The first tip involves basic technique. If you want to improve your work around the hole, you must understand the fundamentals. In putting, get familiar with the proper grip of the club, proper stance, and the pendulum motion in which there is absolutely no wrist motion. Hold a golf tee in your grip, and swing. Perfect alignment between the tee and the club head should be maintained. This develops the muscle memory required for all athletic actions by doing the same thing again and again.


Secondly, practice your routine at different distances from the hole. Stand 4 feet away and putt 50 balls. Alignment comes later. What you are imprinting on your nervous system and muscles is "this is the strength required for this distance." Repeat at various distances. Don't bother measuring. What your eye sees and your muscles remember is what is important. This called "feel" and most professionals rate it as the most essential quality on the greens. Click here for more info!


The third key to great putting is to proper alignment over the putt. Place the logo of the ball so that it faces the hole. Next, stand over the ball and align your putter's guides with the logo. Your eyes should rest over the ball, or slightly inside of the ball. Place a tee about 2 feet in front of the ball, and practice until you can hit the tee 10 to 20 times in a row.


The next step involves your equipment. To begin with, you do not need the best equipment on the market. You need a decent putter with a basic alignment system. Until you are a proficient putter, the intricate alignment systems may actually confuse your game. Many professional teachers recommend a blade putter for beginners, with a single line alignment. This forces the player to develop good hand-eye coordination, and the consistency required to hit the sweet spot every time. In time, high-tech alignment systems may shave strokes, but they will not help until you develop a basic level of putting proficiency. Learn more about golf at