Grooved Golf Swing Series: How To Find Your Best Style For Putting

by Bill Maitland - Date: 2006-12-26 - Word Count: 465 Share This!

The first thing I want to say about putting is that it is a very personal thing. When you play you will see many different styles, grips, stances, swings, and of course types and shapes of putters.

Are any of these styles wrong? NO! None are wrong, and probably most of them are not right either - for you.

So, much experimenting with different methods of putting is called for. Most of this can be done at home on the carpet, or you may have made your own home, inside putting green whose construction I have described in a previous article.

When I started playing golf, putting was and still is, but to a lesser degree, my nemesis. I just could not hit the ball straight. Do you have this trouble too?

Maybe with practising and imagination you will hit upon a method that suits you and makes you a wonderful putter.

While you are practising you will try all types of strokes.

The stiff-wristed arm and shoulder stroke, where you only move your shoulders in a right and then left rocking motion, keeping the arms in the same relationship to the chest, their movement being the result of the rocking motion above.

The wrists are stiff and do not add to the stroke.

Then you may add the wrists to the stroke and make it a wrists and forearms stroke, with less rocking of the shoulders.

Or lastly, you may make it a wrists only stroke.

I would advocate trying to use both the forearms and wrists in your stroke because you will be far more relaxed and the stroke will feel much more natural. As a result your will find consistency.

In all methods it is essential that you hit the ball with a square club head. Have you ever wondered why some players line the brand name on the ball so that it is pointing directly along the line of the chosen put? When I tried it, it made no difference to me. I still missed as often as before.

Then I learned that there is a second part to aiming the brand name at the hole. When you put your putter down behind the ball, make sure that the brand name and club face are at right angles to each other. This means that your club head is square to the line to the hole. Now all you have to do is keep your putter head square on the back stroke and the hitting stroke, and you will be on line.

One of the important things when developing a putting style is that you must be able to repeat the stroke consistently.

Probably you will find that the wrist and forearm style will allow this more than any other method. The other important thing is to find a putter that suits you and stick to it.

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Bill Maitland is a thinking, inventive golf guru. He thought out and developed simple techniques and tips which enabled him to lower his handicap from 25 to 18, then from 18 to 15, and finally from 15 to 12. He is a passionate golfer, and delights in helping others with their game should they want his help. To receive a valuable weekly golf tip go to his web site and subscribe to his free Hole In One News Letter. You will be so glad that you did. Author of GOLF TIPS. An e-Book that takes you step by step to being the best golfer that you can possibly be. To learn about his tips and simple techniques and see his book visit Online Golfers Handbook

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