FOCUS ON THE PUTT, NOT YOUR STROKE
The best way to make the perfect stroke is not to worry about making the perfect stroke. Too many golfers get caught up with the mechanics of putting at the expense of feel, pace and line. As long as you have read the putt well and set up correctly, trust your instincts. And remember, it’s OK to miss. Putting isn’t a life or death experience.
THE PUTTING SET-UP AND STROKE
Ever wondered why you can hole putts from anywhere on the practice green, yet struggle on the course? The answer is tension. If you’re comfortable at address, you’ll putt more confidently than if you’re tense and awkward. Having said that, there are some best practices. 1. Get your eyes as close as possible to directly over the ball. 2. Make sure the putter shaft and your forearms form a straight line. 3. Keep your grip pressure relaxed (about 20 on a scale of one-100). From here, the stroke is simply a case of maintaining the ‘Y’ created with your shoulders, arms and putter back and through. A simple thought is to focus on keeping the end of the grip pointing at your sternum throughout the stroke.
Keep your eyes over the ball, your grip pressure light and the putter shaft and your forearms in line at address.