With so many putting tips in the golf instruction world, it can be a hassle when it comes to choosing the right ones.
Those putting tips may sound and look promising in golf instruction magazines, but be careful when choosing these tips because a lot of them will do more harm than good.
Most putting instruction you see with putting these days will more times than not focus on Putting Techniques.
This should alarm you considering research by David Orr on the putting stroke has proven the stroke only has a 17% influence on a ball's starting direction while the other 83% would be the face angle of the putter at impact.
If that is the case then what does it take to be good at putting?
To learn how to putt in this game, you will need to refer to Geoff Mangum's 4 skills of putting.
Those 4 skills are:
With the practice of these 4 skills you are now shifting your focus from the worries of the putting stroke and setup to now what matters most and that is making the putt.
There are times to focus on the putting stroke especially if you have a cut stroke or are a beginner starting out in the game in need of a starting point. Otherwise, you should be spending your time grooving the stroke pattern that you currently own.
The ability to repeat a consistent stroke is a characteristic that all PGA and LPGA tour players have in common. Consistency is what allows them to be excellent at controlling their speed.
Check out my Putting Drills section for the 2 ball drill along with other drills to see how well you measure up.
The reason why the best putters in the world are better than the average golfer is that they have mastered their stroke timing along with the "4 skills of putting." As a result of this, they have separated themselves from the amateurs.
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