Improve Your Putting
The key to successful putting relies on two mental feedbacks. One is direction and relies on a visual cue; the other is strictly tactile in nature and relies on feel. So how do you maximize both factors in order to become more consistent and make more putts?
The Practice Putting Session
First, make sure that your grip is new and comfortable. Practice with your eyes closed or enlist the help of partner. Partner putting can be an enjoyable way of practicing with a son, daughter, or other relative or friend.
Place a ball 3 feet away from the hole and strike it with the intention of the ball coming to rest about 1 foot to 2 feet past the hole. Strike about ten of these with your eyes closed, having your friend teeing up the ball so that you never have to open your eyes.
Upon striking the ball, try to guess how far you hit it. Your partner can provide you with verbal cues that enable you to begin to realize the "feel" sensation of putting. The portion of the brain that produces this motor sensory event will be heightened by this way of practicing. It can also be fun, as well as competitive.
Move on to six footers, and try to rely on form, length of backswing, tempo and, most of all, memory. The great putters rely on memory for distance, and eyesight for the line.
Perfecting Your Visual Putting
Establishing good visual putting requires for a golfer to have his eyes checked by a local optometrist to ensure that his vision is accurate. Once this is established, make sure that you can read greens.
Go to a local course, and practice rolling putts into the grain and then reversing the situation and putting with the grain. The easiest way to perform this is to continually putt from one hole to the other using only one ball.
Putt the first ball from hole one towards hole two, and whether you make or miss, the next putt goes from hole two towards one. You might realize that one of those putts will have to be struck a bit harder, due to the fact that it is going against the grain. Even though the distance remains the same, you will learn how to assess the speed of grain, visualize the grain difference and make more putts.
Keep golfing,Robert R. LaPorte
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