GOLF TIPS I of II

BASIC AND ADVANCED PUTTING TECHNIQUES FOR THE REGULAR GOLFER

I. BASIC PUTTING

Relax!

One of the most rewarding feelings in golf is holing a putt under pressure. Unfortuantely, putting tension can stymie the attempts of even the best putters. If you're stuggling on the green, first make sure your muscles are relaxed. Relaxation is a vital ingredient to gain feel and touch on a putt, better enabling you to get the most from the Golf Green SpeedReader.
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1. Rest the putter on your leg and let your arms hang to your sides.
2. Loosely shake your hands to relieve any muscle tension.
3. Take a few deep breaths and let your shoulders and arms relax with each exhale.
4. Make a couple of practice strokes to relax your muscles and get a feel for the distance. 


The Grip

Every grip is unique to the individual, but remember the goal is to find one that is comfortable and helps you develop a consistently smooth stroke. A smooth stroke is imperative to learn to match the speeds from the Golf Green SpeedReader. The hands should grip the putter lightly to gain feel and touch, but firm enough to steady the putter at all times. Also, a grip that restricts wrist action is crucial. Remember: we putt with our shoulders and arms-not our wrists! Ask yourself if you feel in control of the clubhead. more tips

1. Reverse overlap grip- (most balanced) both thumbs down the shaft, palms facing each other
2. Split handed grip- both index fingers down side of shaft, palms facing each other
3. Baseball grip- all ten fingers are wrapped around the putter, one hand above the other 


The Stance

First, relax and slighly bend your knees. Second, most instructors recommend positioning your eyes directly over the ball to see the line easily. Third, place the ball in line with the heel of your forward foot. This allows your stroke to strike the top of the ball creating overspin-making it easier to consistently judge your putting speed. more tips


The Stroke

Smoothly back---down and through! Imagine an upsidedown triangle between your shoulders, arms, and grip. This triangle should move in unison from the back swing though the follow through in a smooth pendulum-like motion. A repeatable smooth motion will help you develop consistency when learning the different green speeds from the Golf Green SpeedReader. more tips


Striking the Ball

Many golfers forget that WHERE you strike the ball on the putter makes a huge difference to putting speed control. You must strike the ball in the center of the putter every time to get consistent putts. Practice striking the ball on the inner or outer halves of the putter and the differences will be obvious in terms of speed and clubhead control.

1. Mark a solid, consistent line around the circumfrence of three golf balls
2. Line up the ball so the line on the ball is perpendicular to your putter
3. Strike the ball-as the ball rolls, the line should clearly roll over the top and bottom of the ball
4. The dreaded sidespin will show up if the line blurs or leans left or right.



ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR THE REGULAR GOLFER

II. READING THE GREENS

Applying the Golf Green SpeedReader

Use the Golf Green SpeedReader to make accurate appraisals of any or all of these golf green variables. Note the differences and the amount of change in speed and break of each variable. Learn the differences and add this new knowledge to your bag of weapons to use next time you attack the greens!


Assess the Green

Always walk around the entire green to view every angle of the putt. Subtle slope variances can only be noticed this way. Crouch down behind your ball and cup your hands to shade your eyes to view the putt. This gives you a clearer picture of your putt by eliminating a wide view of the green.


Plumb-Bobbing

Plumb-bobbing is used to see subtle slope variations and to assess the break of your putt. Stand about 10' behind the ball in line with the hole. You use your master eye to see the slope. Find your master eye by extending your forefinger at arms length and focus on a background point in line to your forefinger. Alternate looking at the point with each eye. The eye with your finger closest to the background point is your master eye.

1. Stand behind and directly in line with the ball and hole.
2. Lightly hold putter at arms length opposite your master eye.
3. Turn the toe of the clubhead towards or away from you.
4. Line up the center of the ball with the lower part of the shaft.
5. Move your master eye up the shaft until level with the hole.
6. If the hole is to the left or right of the shaft, there is a slope in that direction.


Green Speed

To figure out how much a putt will break, you must know the green speed. Use the Golf Green SpeedReader to tell you the speed. The speed of the putt will affect its line. Slower putts react more to slopes, while faster putts break less. Poorly judged speed, rather than line, is the cause of most three-putts. This is what makes the Golf Green SpeedReader so valuable. more tips


Variables

You can track how much the variables changing green speeds affect the greens with the Golf Green SpeedReader. Dew, rain, recently watered greens, or any moisture can significantly slow the green speed. How much slower depends on the amount of moisture. Moisture on the green will also affect the break of a putt. More moisture will straighten out the break of a putt as the ball slides (as opposed to roll) more along the wet surface. Less break and slower speeds are the rules for moisture.

1. Shadows- can prevent some parts from drying faster than other areas
2. Time of day- earlier usually means slower greens due to dew
3. Weather- Did it rain yesterday? If so, expect slower greens.
4. Cloud cover- direct hot sun can dry out greens very quickly, making them faster
5. Irrigation- troughs on the green can hold water longer than the top of slopes


Reading the Grain

The grain is the direction the grass grows. Reading the grain on a green with a strong grain can be just as important as reading the slope. Mild climates are not as affected because the grain grows straight up. Warmer climates have a stronger grain. A strong grain can be recognized by having a dull and dark apperance on one side and a shiny and light one on the other. The shiny and light side means you are putting with the grain; the ball will travel faster. The dull and dark side is against the grain; the ball will travel slower. A great way to see the effects of grain direction is to measure a green with the Golf Green SpeedReader in opposite directions. The results may surprise you!

1. "Stripes" on the green from mowing patters have similar effects to natural grain
2. The ball will be reflected at a small angle where different grains or "stripes" meet
3. Uphill putts against the grain- putt will be extra slow
4. Downhill putts against the grain- slow grain may actually cancel out the slope effects
5. Line of your putt perpendicular to grain- grain has a sideslope effect
     a. left-to-right putt: grain flows in same direction; the break will be larger
     b. left-to-right putt: grain flows in opposite direction; the break will almost cancel out

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