Many golfers overthink their putting technique, which leads to missed shots and unnecessary strokes.
The core mechanics behind our putting game are quite simple, but understanding and executing these movements require patience that many golfers fail to provide their golf games.
As depicted in the video above, there are several putting tips and drills that can simplify your own performance and improve your overall golf handicap.
Virtually every golfer in the history of the sport has encountered difficulty when aiming their putt shots at some point in their game.
Obvious to even the most novice golfer, improving the aim of our putts will lead to a more successful golfing experience, with drastically reduced frustrations.
There are several factors that contribute to successful putting, which can be easily applied to any golfer’s routine.
Putts that take an accurate aim at setup require less adjustments in our stroke.
Producing a stroke that requires little to no modifications to play results in sinking more putts through precisely impacting the golf ball.
Many golfers find themselves trapped in the dilemma of aiming their putt shots much lower than needed.
Aiming 50% higher than the furthest point of the hole provides an ample amount of break in our putt shot to guarantee that we will sink the hole.
If you’re aiming for the ball to stop immediately in the hole, the chances of coming up short on the putt are much more likely than if you had aimed higher through the hole, providing the propulsion needed for the ball to sink in motion.
Golfers looking to improve the accuracy of their putting aim are often encouraged to draw two lines on their golf ball.
With a red marker, golfers draw two thick lines on their ball, which stand out very well while aiming their putt shot.
These parallel lines should wrap around the entire diameter of the golf ball.
Players have even began drawing thick red lines on the tops of their putter heads, when using a two ball or three ball putter.
Adding these red lines to the top of their putters, golfers are then able to fully align their putt, which contributes to the development of natural accuracy and aim in the long run.
Pairing the lines on their golf balls with the red lines drawn on the top of their putters, golfers can then work out their aiming through short practice putting sessions prior to introducing the drill in actual course play.
Once a golfer removes the frustration of missed putt shots, they’re able to dissect their performance on the green and identify the issues they’re having with their short game golf execution.
The hand eye coordination needed to produce an accurate putt can be especially difficult as we’re aiming the ball from the side of our target, rather than aiming the putt from directly behind our target.
Most of the missed putts you’ll experience are because of the inefficiencies developed in your aim, rather than a poorly executed golf swing.
Golfers seeking to improve their putting performance find value in using an alignment stick during their practice drills.
While addressing the ball, the golfer begins the aim of the putter at their intended target.
Next, position the alignment stick below the middle of the face on the putter, angled to the right.
The positioning of the alignment stick will indicate both where we are aiming the putter and what modifications are needed in order to putt the golf ball on target.
While using an alignment stick to gauge our actual aim, golfers may be shocked when they see how far off they’ve been aiming all of their putt shots.
There are many aspects of our putting technique that make or break the accuracy of the shot.
Several golfers unknowingly are putting with an unlevel putter face, often taking their stroke off center, leading to a poorly composed putt which undoubtedly misses the mark.
Keeping the angle of our putter face consistently level will keep our putts on the intended route to the hole, ensuring less strokes and more successful shots.
Almost everyone who picks up a golf club looks to improve their game, even the pros on the PGA tour.
Through our experience in educating golfers of all skill levels, we’ve been able to identify key aspects of putting stroke, that when adjusted correctly, garner results that are next to perfect.
As depicted in the hours of free video available here on our YouTube Channel, we aim to enhance the game of our viewers through actionable golf tips that are simple in theory and execution.
Before becoming a master at anything in golf or life, we must first have a strong grasp on the fundamentals.
The fundamental components of proper putting stroke include grip, aim, and posture.
Without having these important elements working in balance, any golfer has an uphill battle ahead in regards to their putting game.
With names like Claw, Prayer, and Pencil - putting grips can pose confusion and frustration for golfers of any playing level.
There are no clear right or wrong ways to putt the golf ball, only what feels right for each specific golfer.
Comfortability must be the key aspect golfers take into consideration while developing their own style.
Rather than focusing on how the grip may appear to onlookers and fellow golfers, if the results are there, expect your friends to mimic your style quickly.
The reverse overlap, probably the most seen putting grip on the golf course, has become the standard grip for players on the PGA tour.
This putting grip involves placing the left hand directly on the putter grip and resting the right hand directly beneath the left.
The hands are then linked by wrapping the index finger on the left over the fingers on the right.
Remember, the left thumb must rest flat on top of the putter grip, allowing the putter face to remain square through impact.
Just because the reverse overlap happens to be the grip most used by PGA Golf pros, does not mean it has to be your grip of choice.
We encourage golfers to experiment with other grips until they have found one that produces their desired results.
Always aim your club face at your target, with the sole of the putter head aligned behind the golf ball.
With your eyes positioned over the ball, peering down the target line, shift focus on your putting posture.
Your shoulders, knees, hips, and feet must all parallel the intended target line.
With hands directly parallel to your shoulders, add a small bend to your elbows.
¾’s of your body weight should be resting on your left heel at this point.
As forearms parallel each other, begin your putt stroke with the same balance throughout.
The importance of mindfulness gets lost on many golfers, who are thinking self destructively and sabotaging their shots before ever swinging the golf club.
Golfers who have the ability to visualize and plan their putts in their mind will almost always execute more efficiently than those who cannot.
Factoring in the geographical conditions concerning the putt will assist in this mental visualization, as an uphill putt’s execution will differ from that of a downhill putt.
Consider how much speed may be needed in order to sink the shot and achieve success.
Much of these estimations are drawn from experience on the golf course, but even the newest golfer on the green should be thinking like a seasoned veteran in order to advance their game and perfect their putting stroke strategy.
The answer should be so obvious that you’re surprised we’re even bringing it up.
A golfer with a horrible putting game has a short likelihood of achieving victory on the course, whereas a golfer with an exceptional putting game has a short likelihood of experiencing failures on the golf course.
This understood reality alone should encourage all golfers to examine their own putting strategies and refine their techniques to better enhance their overall golfing experience.
There are several opportunities to practice your putting stroke off of the golf course, even if it means going down to the local mini-golf course.
Many aspects of putting strategy can be practiced in your home or office, so when you take your golf bag out of the trunk this Sunday, maybe leave a putter and a few balls behind to practice on your lunch break.
One of the biggest complaints most golfers bring to instructors concerns difficulties that they encounter while reading the slope of the greens before putting the golf ball.
George Gankas, head instructor behind the GG Swing Method, has compiled this video of several putting drills that he employs when working with his students that have identified reading greens as a problem area in their short game golf strategies.
Gankas also provides an in depth training on properly aligning our eyes with the golf ball before swinging our putter and how our eye alignment changes depending on course conditions.
As the vast majority of golfers at the amateur level will rely heavily on the results of an effective short game golfing strategy, focusing your efforts on improving your ability to read the slope of the greens and adapt your aim for adjusted eye alignment proves to be a increasingly crucial element that requires proper training.
Understandably, varied course conditions will dictate that our eyes will align differently with the ball prior to swinging the putter.
Golfers should use the same bodily element to aim their putt shots, be it their right or left eye, and adjust stroke compensation based on situational elements, such as wind or the slope in the greens.
In order to perfect our eye alignment when putting, golfers must maintain their concentration on the initial starting line of the shot.
Golfers who are able to establish an accurate initial read on the starting line are usually the players that require little to no adjustment when actually swinging the putter.
Several players have reported finding it helpful to use golf balls with marker lines in order to practice their putting aim.
Typical implementation of this putting aid finds the golfer drawing 2 thick red or black lines on their golf ball, which allows players to develop their natural ability to align their eyes with the ball, eventually ditching the lined golf ball completely.
Probably the number one obstacle that stunts the progress in an amateur golfer short game technique, an inability to get an accurate read on greens can be crippling for our handicap and ego on the golf course.
The most common golf drill employed through the GG Swing method has been nicknamed the “Triangle” by lead instructor George Gankas.
Referred to as the triangle by Gankas and his students, this method of reading greens places the golfer at the apex between the hole and where the golf ball sits.
From this angle, usually in a crouching position, the player can get a very clear read on the slope of the greens they will be putting across, allowing the golfer to mentally establish how much power the putt will require in order to sink the hole.
Understanding the slope associated with the impending putt shot gives the golfer a better idea on the force needed to sink the hole, which has made Gankas’ triangle method a favorite among GG Swing method students.
Other methods popular with golfers include the spot putting method, which sees golfers putting towards an established aim point, traveling on a straight trajectory.
The spot putting method employs gravity as the method of delivery towards the hole.
Golfers that utilize a spot putting method are encouraged to focus all attention on the aim point and disregard the hole.
Much of the success for either given methods of reading greens will rely heavily on a golfer’s comfortability with each technique.
Many players have a natural method for visually establishing their putt’s intended trajectory and are encouraged to choose the green reading strategy that best accommodates this natural method.
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