At some point the ball must go in the hole and the sooner the better!
What is putting? It is rolling a small ball into a large round hole. It always ends in success. A holed putt is the successful finish of every golf hole you play.
It is an area of the game which is almost always ignored by most teaching professionals, as beginners and experienced players are more interested in learning to hit golf balls long and straight, and often think that putting is easy to learn themselves without any advice or tuition. The general attitude is that anyone can putt, and that putting is simple, and with good “feel” and practice they will be ok. What is misunderstood is that putting has very little to do with feel, and more about technique. A player with good technique will always hole more putts than someone who relies on feel.
Putting is clearly a “game within a game “, and whilst it is different from striking drives and iron shots it is vitally important. A putt is the terminal shot on every hole and there is no possibility of recovery from short misses, therefore all putts count the same as all other shots in the round, a 2 foot putt and a 300 yard drive count as 1 shot. Putting accounts for about 43% of all shots taken in a round of golf, and causes much anguish and frustration from all standards of players, but practice time is rarely apportioned to the same extent as that of the full swing.
Putting is different in another way, it is one of the few skills in all of sport in which any player, regardless of size, strength, speed or gender can compete equally with and have a chance to surpass the skills of the best professionals in the world.
Once the theories and techniques are learnt, it is possible for anyone to putt well. The mechanics that make a golfer a good putter will not stand up well if employed in the full swing. Similarly if you employ a mini power swing for your putting stroke, you will struggle to find consistency on the greens. The mechanics do not cross over because there purposes are so different. The requirements of good putting are the accuracy of the initial line and the precision of rolling the ball at a specific speed, power is not a factor in this particular skill.
As it accounts for almost half of our shots in a round of golf, we should be motivated to re-think our practice time to allow a better understanding of this specific skill, and therefore reduce our handicaps.
The Science of Putting
Putting Biomechanics Essentials are:
Posture and Stance
Set up and Ball Position
The Art of Putting
Drills and Teaching aids
In order to aid learning, generate feedback and improve development, various technology, devices, tools and teaching aids are used. These in combination with my knowledge and experience create the best environment for the Golfer to progress and achieve their goals.
The technology used includes:
Trackman and Flightscope
Quintic Sports and Ball Roll Software
V1 Golf and Swingsmart Apps
Golf Coach, Golf Stats Coach and Coach Now Apps (For remote coaching)
Various teaching aids including Pro Stance and Tour Strike Ball
BRONZE X 5 HOURS
SILVER X 10 HOURS
GOLD X 20 HOURS