I played my first round of the season a couple months ago and noticed that my yips had returned on the greens. It was very frustrating, as I had suffered from them all throughout 2005, which nearly ruined my season.
When aligning themselves to a putt most players fall into two categories. They are either a spot or line putters. Spot and line refer the way you visualize your putts.
The number one reason why amateurs miss short putts is deceleration. This symptom can creep up in many parts of your game, especially with chipping and putting. If you notice yourself stubbing chips and putts, or have trouble keeping those short ones on line, I would bet you even money you’re decelerating into impact.
Putting consistently and with confidence is important factor in lower your scores. Unfortunately, for most of us those qualities cannot be used to describe how we feel over the ball on the dance floor. Doubt is a better word, especially on those short ones.
You will often see professionals rotate their marked ball on the green after cleaning it. Ever wonder what they are doing? The answer is simple: helping their alignment. Golf balls all come with a logo or straight line of text along it nowadays to help with alignment. To use it properly follow these three steps.
This is a variation on the putting gate drill; I have found that this irritating drill produces better results, faster. The drill itself is very simple, setup three golf balls so that the two outside balls are just larger then the length of your putter heel to toe. Now putt hitting the middle ball only.
Golf is one of the few sports where you cannot stand directly on your line of play while shooting. For one, it is physically difficult to hit and stand on your line of play, but also, it is against the rules of golf. When you take a look a basketball free-throw, or billiards, the player’s eyes are very close to …
Problem: The player has a problem having the correct face angle at impact when putting.
Result: Missed putts, and poor contact.
How many of you dread those short, should-be tap-ins? Those three footers that make you get butterflies in your stomach? The ones that you say to yourself, “if you miss, you’ll look like a moron”. We have all been through it, and we have all missed a putt within two feet, so don’t feel too bad.
The Problem: The player has inconsistent contact on the face of their putter.
The Result: A bumpy roll, leading to missed putts.