FO­CUS ON THE PUTT, NOT YOUR STROKE

Golf Australia - - PRE-SUMMER PRIMER -

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.

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