Make Putts like Jordan Spieth – 5 Putting Tips for Instant Improvement
Every amateur golfer wants to hit 300 yard drives, but in reality being a bomber off the tee will not guarantee better scoring.
Amateur golfers in general don’t spend time fine tuning their short games, which makes no sense because it is the area that will lower scores the quickest.
Putting especially is a short game component that plays a key part in better scoring, below are 5 putting tips that will have you putting like Jordan Spieth in no time.
- Decrease your grip pressure
- Speed is the most important part of the putt
- Get your eyes over the ball
- Soften the right side of your body
- Square up alignment
Decrease your grip pressure
Grip pressure is a key factor in putting, ideally the goal is to grip the putter as light as possible.
Decreased grip pressure will ensure that the putting stroke gets powered by the shoulders and not the hands.
Excuse the pun but there is no rule of thumb for the ideal grip pressure, but keeping the following analogy in mind will help you with finding the perfect grip pressure for you individually.
Imagine holding a bird in your hands, you want to hold it tight enough so that it doesn’t fly away, but you also don’t want to hurt it by holding on too tight.
This explains the putting grip perfectly, you have to hold on tight enough in order to be able to control the putter, but you don’t want to “hurt” your stroke by holding on too tight.
Speed of the putt is the most important part
100% of putts that are short of the hole don’t go in, this is a fact that can’t be argued.
It doesn’t matter how perfect your line is, if the ball doesn’t get to the hole it cannot go in, the same rule applies to putts that are hit too hard, if the ball carries too much speed it will he physically impossible for it to go in.
Amateur golfers spend too much time trying to figure out what line to hit a putt on instead of focusing on the speed of the putt.
Instead of trying to decide whether a putt is going to break either 3 or 4 inches, rather focus on what speed you need to hit the putt with.
In reality both of those line are correct, it just depends on the speed that the ball is going to be entering the hole with.
If you are going to remember just one the five putting tips, then this will be the best one to remember.
Get your eyes over the ball
Getting your body into a good position over a putt before you pull the trigger is crucial.
Not only does it give you a good chance to make a solid stroke, but it is a factor that you can control without having to physically think about while making your putting stroke.
When setting up there has to be a straight line between the ball and your eyes, this setup promotes a stroke that follows along that eye line, thus a straight back and through stroke.
Soften the right side of your body
Majority of golfers use a putting grip that is similar to their normal grip, thus the right hand will be below the left hand for right handed players.
Naturally due to the configuration of your hands the right shoulder should be lower than the left shoulder.
Some players tend to think that they need to compensate for this imbalance, that isn’t the case at all, having a “soft” right side is very important, especially with putting.
If the right shoulder and arm are in a tense position it will prevent a smooth shoulder turn, thus having a “soft” right side will lead to a more rhythmic putting stroke.
Square up alignment
Alignment is one of the first basic fundamentals that a player learns when they take up golf.
Alignment is extremely important in putting, but most importantly alignment of the body is what’s really matters.
Even though alignment is a basic concept it is something that golfers need to check on a continuous basis, it is very easy to gradually learn bad habits that can throw your alignment all over the place.
The key components of alignment are your feet, shoulders and clubface.
- The first step is to ensure that the clubface is aligned to your target
- Secondly align your feet and shoulders perpendicularly to the target line
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