Golf Tips And Lessons

Speed And Break Tips While Putting

Putting involves a series of collective efforts that must all properly come together in order to sink the ball.

You need to get the right stance and then follow through correctly, using the right techniques and flow.

In putting, there are two key areas that are important in keeping your putting strikes on the ground, yet they almost have no bearing on the mechanics of putting. These are: assessing speed and estimating the break.

One of the hardest parts of your golf game to improve is learning how to best deal with judging speed and the break, and it typically takes a great deal of practice and experience before you realize any considerable change. Nonetheless, there are certain things you can take care of to help you sink more putts.

The following are a few tips that may be of help:

Firstly, analyze the grain: The term grain refers to the direction in which the grass grows. You can examine this by simply looking at the sheen of the putting surface. If the green appears brighter and reflects sunlight, then you’re looking down grain. Putts down the grain will often run faster.

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Read the contour: Make a rough assessment of the general slope of the as you make your way to the green. Remember, as a rule of thumb, that majority of greens are built lower at the front and higher at the ack. This definitely has a huge impact on how you play your golf shots. It’s also advantageous to know when, in your approach, you’re chipping up the green.

Let’s assume the green slopes downward from back to front; if you’re putting from the front, the putt will be uphill, and it will be downhill when you’re putting from the back.

With this in mind, any putt that is across this type of green is bound to break toward the front section of the surface, which is the most probable thing. But having prior knowledge of this can cut a few strokes off your final score.

For a novice golfer, when you grasp contour and grain, you can combine the two and think of putts like this:

You’ll need to adjust your putting force for puts that are running with the grain because they tend to run faster. This means that you’d only have to hit the ball lightly for it to the same distance.

Putts that are running with the grain cross-slope will break more, so you need to account for this when setting up your shot.

Putts running against the grain cross-slope will break less and once again, take this factor into account before you line up your shot. You need to hit the ball somewhat harder than normal if you’re putting against the grain because these putts tend to run slower. So, without some extra force, you may come up short.

These are some of the basic tips for putting. You will certainly notice an improvement next time you put if you keep these tips in mind. However, nothing can replace good old practice, so do it as often as your time allows.

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