Posts Tagged ‘putting secrets’

Putting Secrets – How to Putt Better with Pace and Speed!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

You know how golf announcers on TV always mention “pace” of the putt while pros putt?

Well, this “pace”, can help you putt better.

How does it work?

In simpler terms, you need to find the “correct” speed of your putting stroke that will work with the greens on the golf course you are playing at.

One of the reasons why many golfers will shoot much higher score at better golf courses is because they cannot cope with the super-fast green speeds and start panicking.

Once you start panicking over a putt on the green and overshoot it by miles and end up 3-putting or even worse, you lose your confidence.  And if you do this for more than a hole, all of your putting confidence disappears for the day.

Does this sound familiar to you?  Don’t worry, it has happened to me hundreds of times, especially when I am trying out for U.S. Open qualifying, those greens are slick as hell.

It’s a vicious cycle of putting bad but in actual reality, you aren’t putting bad, you simply didn’t have the right “pace” for the green.

So, how to achieve the sound “pace” for the golf course you are playing today?

Make sure to get a feel for the greens by getting a 15-minute warm-up session before you play, especially if this is a golf course you have not played before or you know beforehand that the greens are kept immaculate and super-slick.

While you warm up to get the “feel” for the greens, you need to find the correct “pace” or “speed” for your putting stroke.

For best results, I highly recommend to control the distance that your putts roll with the “length” of your putting stroke. Now, if you overshoot or end up short, you need to then adjust your “pace” or “speed” of your putting stroke accordingly but do not change the length of your putting stroke.

Because your brain is already taught to use a certain “length” of your putting stroke for the distance required, you don’t need to change that, just change the “pace” of your putting stroke.  Once you get the right “pace”, make sure you record it in your brain and use it for the rest of the day.

If there’s a certain green that’s under a tree and feels damp in your feet, you will have to adjust accordingly as it’s most likely going to be slower than other greens on the golf course, speed up your “pace” just a tad.

Of course, for those greens on the hills and if it’s one of your last holes of the day, the greens are going to be a bit faster, slow down your “pace” just a tad.

Why adjust “pace” not the “length” of your putting stroke?

Pace is everything in golf, and if you’ve just switched from a super-slow green to super-fast green, you aren’t going to be able to make the correct adjustments with the length of your putting stroke easily but you can easily with “speed” of your putting stroke.

I will have a further video tutorial on exactly what I mean here, feel free to ask any question below!

Putting Secrets – How to “Hook” Your Putts!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Okay, I am going to let out another cat out of the bag, that is “hooking” your putts.

I’ve been recently noticing that I have been “naturally” hooking my putts, virtually every one of them.  This occurred naturally while just trying to make solid contact with the ball.

By the way, I have been making helluva more putts with my new “hook” method.

WHY?

When you put a slight right-to-left spin on the ball while you putt, your ball will roll more true than if you simply hit it normally.  I also found that by hooking my putts, I was able to make more left-to-right putts and right-to-left putts.

The only drawback is that you will have to adjust your aiming accordingly, meaning you might want to aim more right for right-to-left putts and play for less break on left-to-right putts.

How to Hook Your Putts

For me, an inside to slightly outside putting stroke is natural since I mainly use my wrists to putt.

I find I putt better with my wrists plus more feel when I let my hands do most of the work.

The inside-out path is natural when you simply use your wrists to putt.

To try my new putting method, simply take the clubhead back, letting it hinge on your wrists.  You will find that the path of the putter will automatically go inside.

On the follow-through, simply let the putter clubhead swing through to the target, you will find that the path of the putter will naturally go slightly outside then straight towards the target.

Because this is a natural movement and I am sinking more putts, I decided to stick with it.

When you do this right, you won’t notice any “hooks” with naked eye but you will notice that you can “hook” the ball on right-to-left putts (meaning you have to aim more right) and you will be able to hit those slightly left-to-right putts straight at the cup without compensating for any breaks.

Remember, the “hook” part is ever so slight that it can’t really be seen with the naked eye, it’s a “feel” thing so don’t over do it!  (Perhaps like 1-3 degrees of inside-outness…)

If you look at Tiger’s putting, he also “hooks” his putts.  (There’s even a golf training tool you can buy here.  They call it inside-down-the-line path but it’s really the same thing.)

I’ve also noticed that one of the greatest putters Ben Crenshaw does a similar move in his teaching videos.

Of course, you can also do this without using your wrists only but I don’t know how to teach you that.  Perhaps the golf training aid will help although I don’t believe in any training aids because you can’t use it on the golf course.

Anyways, this is really for advanced golfers.  If you are not already accomplished putter, perhaps you might want to just try hitting putts straight and keep it simple.