13 Putting Tips to Help You Make More Putts

One of the greatest golfers of all time, Arnold Palmer, once said, “Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.” Putting is also often regarded as the least golf part of golf. What I mean by that is that it is completely detached from the full swing – instead of hitting the ball, you are stroking it. Instead of trying to hit it 300 yards, you are trying to make a 3-foot putt.

Putting your ball on line and with good speed requires excellent touch, but sometimes, this feel eludes golfers, leading to mental obstacles on the greens that make putting much harder than it needs to be. In this article, we’ll explore a series of putting tips (some technical and some mental) that will help improve your overall golf game.

Putting Tips to Help You Sink More Putts

Putting Tips to Help You Sink More Putts

Let’s jump in by establishing the foundations of great putting.

Setup and Grip 

Because putting requires precise outputs – a small error in the start line will lead to the ball missing the hole – you must make sure that you’re correctly aligned before you stroke the ball. To ensure suitable alignment, start by aiming the putter face at your target (more on this later) and sit the putter head directly behind the ball.

Tension

Tension

When we try to will the ball in the hole, we often get tight in our shoulders, forearms, and hands. We might feel more in control in doing so, but this is a farce. Think of tossing a ball to a friend: you’d do so with a relaxed arm, not one that is entirely rigid!

“Putting for Score” Drill 

“Putting for Score” Drill 

Start by taking nine tees and place them at 5-foot intervals from 10 feet to 45 feet. Then, take one of your irons, and place it three feet behind the hole you are putting to. Using three balls, putt to the hole and score each ball in the following manner: -1 if you make the putt, 0 if the ball finishes between the hole and the club, and +1 if the ball ends short.

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