This is the Putting Stroke Lesson. These Golf Putting Tips are intended to teach you what truly is the simplest motion in golf. It’s true…it is the simplest.
Your putter head is really only going to move about a foot and a half by the time the stroke is finished. Amazing…only a foot and a half, and your club barely gets off the ground.But this little stroke can drive people crazy.
I am a big believer in keeping things simple. In putting you want the least amount of movement possible. In this lesson you will learn how to make an effective and consistent stroke so that you can make more putts.
Golf Putting Tips Step #1: The Setup
- You can not make a good stroke without a good setup.
- If you have any questions about your grip and/or setup then I certainly suggest that you look at the Putting Grip Lesson and Putting Stance Lesson.
- Click Here To Review The Putting Grip Lesson
- Click Here To Review The Putting Stance Lesson
- Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals then move on to the stroke.
- You will be a much better putter with a good grip and stance.
- The key to the setup that will be a consistent theme throughout your putting stroke is the triangle formed between your arms and shoulders.
- This triangle must stay intact the whole time you are hitting your shot.
Golf Putting Tips Step #2: The Back Swing
- Start moving the putter head back a long the target line.
- Use your arms to swing the putter back along this line. You should use your whole arm…from your wrist to your shoulder socket. This will help you make a nice smooth stroke through your shot.
- Please do not use your hands and wrists to make this shot. Your hands and wrists are very hard to control during the stroke. It is much harder to be a consistent putter.
- Notice how your triangle is still intact when your swing the putter with your arms. If you use your wrists it will have changed shape.
- Your lower body should not move…at all.
- You will want to keep your hips, knees and feet from moving. Any movement in this area is not necessary. You don’t need it to hit great putts. Therefore, why have it? It only makes things harder.
- Your head should also be still, with your eyes fixed on the ball. Don’t let your eyes wander and follow your putter during the back swing. That will make it harder to make good contact with the ball.
Golf Putting Tips Step #3:
The Through Swing and Impact
- Once you reach the end of your back swing, use your upper arms to swing the putter back and through the ball.
- Your arms and shoulder triangle should still be the same.
- Your lower body should remain still. We don’t need the extra power for the shot, so leave it out.
- Your head should also remain still at this point.
- A very important key to impact position is the left wrist. It should be FLAT! The left arm, wrist, and hand should form a flat straight line. This is the only way to be truly consistent at impact.
- If your left wrist bends then you are adding power at the wrong time. You are also changing the level of the putter head which will make solid contact difficult to achieve. Remember…eliminate unnecessary motion. You don’t need to bend your wrists while putting.
Golf Putting Tips Step #4:
The Follow Through
- The follow through is the same as the back swing just on the other side of the ball.
- Maintain your triangle between your arms and shoulders. Lower body still does not move.
- Head stays down through the putt.
- The left wrist remains flat during the follow through.
Golf Putting Tips: Putting Stroke Drills
Here are some great putting drills to help you groove a great putting stroke.