Do you want to improve your putting?
Practice putting only with the right putter
A “wrong” putter may force you into a wrong position – and this prevents you from making the right movements. With bicycles this makes sense to everyone: a saddle that is set too high for the rider will cause the rider to slide back and forth on the saddle. If the saddle is set too low, the low saddle prevents the optimal power transmission.
In the case of the putter, the principle is the same:
- a wrong stability cannot lead to optimal dynamics
- a wrong putter forces a suboptimal position of the golfer during putting and prevents the correct movements
Play with the right type of putter
Do you have aiming problems? (Verifiable e.g. by laser and mirror)
Approximately 50% of all golfers miss the hole from a distance of 2 to 3 meters – and do not notice it. This has physiological reasons for not being able to aim correctly due to this unfavorable posture. No one would have the idea of looking at a rifle held crosswise in front of their stomach and thus being able to reliably aim at a target. Try a putter that makes aiming easier or makes it possible for you to aim properly – try a self-standing putter like the EasyPutter.
Do you have problems with the moment of impact?
Then try a larger putter head, e.g. the EasyPutter, or at least a putter with a mallet head
Try a shorter putter
All golf professionals agree: most golfers play with putters that are too long. The longer the shaft, the more imprecise the strokes – this applies not only to the driver, but also to the putter. Shorter putters bring many players into a better position and increase precision. The average putter on the PGA Tour is below 33″ – for players who practice putting for a few hours a week. However, the “normal” golfer gets a 35″ putter from the shelf as a rule…
Try a heavier putter
Many golfers play with very light putters (up to 350 gr). Heavier putters prevent small movements of the hand and/or wrist, so that the putter swings more smoothly, the putt movement is actually only made from the shoulder rotation.
Ideal aiming is achieved with self-standing putters with long sighting lines. Which putter makes this possible, we don’t have to mention again, do we?
If you want to optimize aiming even without EasyPutter, use a line on your ball. This line should run around the whole ball and be as thin as possible.
Help for the address position: eyes over the ball
Many golfers stand too far away from the ball (unlike the drive) – too upright a position means a steeper plane of rotation, which in turn leads to a stronger arc in the elliptical segment of the putter head. It is much more difficult to get the putter head square to the ball at the moment of impact. In other words, the more you bend forward at the hip, the better you will putt.
Use your feeling, but also your intellect
Putting just out of feeling will only work as long as you play with a lot of training on greens that are always the same speed. Use your head as well by learning about 3 standard putts. Calibrate these same putts before every game – so you know how far your standard putts will run on the green that day. Your feeling comes into play when you make the putt – this is still a sufficient requirement for your feeling.
Train the correct interaction of backswing, follow through, rhythm and duration of the swing.
Tips for specific exercises can be found under Putter and Putting – Small Putting School
Fun with putting
Practice putting in a way that makes it fun. Make it a game. You will find suggestions in “Small Putting School” here on the page. Carry out small competitions – if necessary against yourself.
Train putting in a realistic way so that you learn distance control, regardless of the green speed of the next training session.
To improve your putting effectively, you do not need expensive aids or training equipment.
Hold the putter at the end of the follow through
In this phase you briefly analyze your putt movement – do you notice any errors?
Try to analyze errors – once you understand why a putt rolled past the hole on the left or right, you can correct the error. Dull putting without feedback or analysis will not get you anywhere – on the contrary, you may end up training your mistakes. Many golfers correct a mistake by making another mistake – this is not a way to achieve consistency.
Prevent Yipps – or cure it if you suffer from it
The exact cause has not yet been determined, but it is likely that yips, that involuntary twitching of the hands, is caused by the golfer overtaxing himself. The attempt to swing in such a way that the putter head moves along the ground in a straight line can only work by constantly correcting the hands while putting. That idea was born because someone reduced the three-dimensional putting movement to two dimensions – a gross mistake. The putting movement takes place in a straight PLANE, not on a straight LINE. The unnatural swing overtaxes the nervous control in the long run – the result is involuntary twitches, mostly in the leading hand.
This can be reversed by:
- consciously leading the putting movement on one plane, to forgetting the idea of a line
- taking the affected hand (temporarily) out of play by using a different grip technique
- maybe a heavy putter
- possibly practicing with the “wrong” side – muscular/nervous stimulation through side-inverted training also trains the “right” side via mirror neurons and can cause nervous calming. Example: a right-handed person could practice left-handed putting for some time (with a left-handed putter or with the EasyPutter switch from right to left within 20 seconds)