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Golf in SA – tips to sink that putt

21 February 2013

It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing a round at a golf course in africa, UK, Europe or the States, one thing’s for sure; missing that putt could cost you the game. So let’s waste no time rectifying that today…

Dave Stockton has produced 4 tips to help finish off that hole in style. These are the things you should do, but people generally don’t and why putts go astray.

Lead with your left
The left hand is the direction hand, and it’s just as important as the right. Practice putting with your left-hand-only, or have someone hold a club in front of your hands on the target line. Bump the grip with the back of your hand, not your fingers.

Gentle roll, not heavy hit
The key to distance control is to roll the ball, not hit it. Take an open stance, your weight slightly favoring your left side and your putter shaft leaning toward the target – this position makes it easier to feel the left hand going out and down the target line. When you make the stroke, keep the putter low to the ground past impact. The putter will ascend slightly, but don’t try to hit up on the ball — whoever told you to do that was wrong, because it makes the ball hop.

Fingers not thumbs
Make sure to grip the club in your fingers. The shaft should run up the lifeline of your left hand for clubface control, but your fingers must contact the grip. You can drop the right forefinger down the shaft, but don’t steer with it. Forget about what your palms are doing. Fingers equal feel.

X marks the spot
If you stare at the ball too long before the stroke, it’s easy to get brain-locked and hit a bad putt. To avoid this, don’t even look at the ball. Try looking at a spot just in front of the ball on your target line and rolling the ball over that spot. Put a tee in the ground in front of the ball when you practice. This gets you thinking about the target line instead of the stroke–the opposite of what most golfers do.

Look back through our archived articles for more hints and tips to improve your gameplay!