Today, I will explain couple basics about how to putt like a pro. Trust me, I have read more books about putting than most people will ever in their life and I have spent $2000 on a lesson with Stan Utley, one of the best putters on Tour.
So here’s how to putt like a pro:
1. You need to learn to sink a lot of short putts within 3-10 feet range. To do this, think of the short putts as the “short game” of putting. That’s right, these short putts are the most important and count as much as a 350 yard drive. If you can’t sink ‘em, go home. If you can, you might become a pro.
2. Soft hands, hands like noodles, gentle grip, or whatever you want to call it but make sure you are holding the putter very very lightly while you putt.
3. Learn to lag putt real good from 20, 50, 100 feet. Lag putts are great for absorbing the speed of the greens. The more you can lag, the better putter you will be overall.
4. Putt for money. Next time you are with a buddy, play an 18-hole putting match, one dollar per hole. Without putting pressure on your putting, you never know how it’s going to be in a real tournament situation.
Heck, most of the time I play with my buddies, we are betting like $20 per putt or hole. Pressure games make you better.
5. Develop a consistent putting stroke that rolls the ball true. Whether you are putting a 20 footer or a 100 footer, your ball should roll very true from the start to finish. If your ball bumps up in the beginning or at the end, you might want to work on your putting stroke so you putts roll true.
When your putts roll true, you will notice that your putts roll a lot smoother and also get less effected by any breaks in the putt. Probably the biggest difference between an average golfer and the pro golfer is how true the pro golfer “rolls” the golf ball while the average golfer doesn’t even understand that putting can be so complicated.
Well, that’s it for today, I might need to go hit some balls.
As Ben Hogan said, “Everyday you don’t practice is another day longer it will take you to become a good golfer”.
Practice, practice, and practice while playing pressure games in your head. That’s right, you should be putting for the U.S. Open win on every practice putt. (Damn, I let anther worst kept secret out…)