It is pretty common for the pros to knock down 3 to 5 footers all day long. For the average golfer, these putts can cause us quite a bit of anxiety and frustration. We all know that the more putts we make within 5 feet, the lower our scores are going to be. Here is some quick advice on draining more of these putts, and taking a little bit of cash from your opponents this year.
The first thing you really need to understand is that the more hesitant you are with your stroke, the more likely you are to bring more break into play. When we tap the ball slowly at the hole, every bit of break comes into play. You may look at the putt and say this is a straight putt, but if the ball is dying towards the hole, the chances are you are going to have quite a bit of movement right around the hole. The key is acceleration of the putter head, not deceleration.
Many players from beginners to the pros decelerate or stop the putter at the ball on these putts. If you decelerate, you will often come up short which gives you zero chance of holing it. What is the saying…..Never up never in? Yeah, it is 100% accurate.
How To Make More Short Putts
Pick the line you want the ball to travel, knowing that you are rolling the ball all the way to the hole. The hole is simply going to get in the way of the ball and drop.
Take a short backstroke and let the putter go through the ball so that it keeps moving after contact. You want to feel that you are “rolling” the ball forward. Most of the time when we miss these short putts we look more like we are hitting a hammer with a nail, and stopping at impact. Think short back stroke, and longer follow through.
It is also recommended that you keep your head down through the ball. I have friends that actually still have their head downs as the ball drops in the hole. This is a bit of an over-exaggeration, but this will absolutely keep you from lifting your head at impact and throwing the ball a bit off of line.
Finally, practice these putts most often on the putting green prior to your round. You are going to have plenty of 3 to 5 footers, so feeling confident about draining each one is going to carry on to the golf course.
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