If you are a serious golfer, you probably keep track of some of your stats as you play. Things like how many fairways you hit, how many greens you hit, etc. One of the most critical stats during a round of golf is how many putts it takes you to complete the 18 holes. While there are some variables involved, the total number of putts is a pretty fair indication of how your putting performed on the day. If you are around 30 or lower, great job. If you totaled up near 36 or more, it’s time for some practice. The difference between a good putting day and a bad one has a powerful impact on your total score, so it is worth investing the time to learn a little bit about better putting and then work on what you have learned on the practice green.
Speed Rules. More than the line of the putt, it is crucial that you get the speed right. When reading a putt of longer than 10′, focus most of your attention to the speed. Proper speed helps the hole play bigger because putts that hit the edge can fall in instead of spinning out. Also, you can eliminate three putts by leaving yourself tap-ins with great speed control.
Quiet Hands. The number one killer of a good putting stroke is doing too much with your hands. Your hands and wrists should remain very passive during the stroke, while your shoulders simply rock the putter back and through. This method keeps the putter face on line, and also helps with controlling speed.
Be Artistic. Try to not to get wrapped up in technical details when practicing your putting. Beyond a couple basic fundamentals that you need to keep an eye on, think of putting as more art than science. Allow your brain to interpret the green and pass the message on directly to your body, without much conscious thought getting in the way. The more natural and relaxed your putting motion is, the better you will perform.
Look for Drains. Every golf course needs a way to get water off of the greens, and those drains are always placed in the low spots. Look around the green to spot the drain and you will instantly know which way the green as a whole is sloping. Of course, you putt may have other slopes influencing it, but the drain can act as a starting point for your read.
Practice with One Ball. If you switch between several different ladies golf balls, or even between men’s and ladies golf balls, it is important to practice putting before the round with the one you will be using that day. Each golf ball feels a little bit different off of the putter, and getting that feel down early is the key to having good speed and making plenty of putts.
There is no magic formula to putting. While some golfers think you will just have good days and bad days, it is not that simple. By practicing both your putting stroke and your green reading, you can steadily improve your putting and that total number of putts per round will start to fall. Having a women’s putter that your like is also very important to your success!