Needless, to say it is one of the most, if not the most, important and skillful steps while playing golf. It can make a world of difference to your game if you can master the technique of good putting. But apart from that you will also have to understand the nature of the golfing green-it's slope, its undulations, how long the grass is, the velocity of the wind and its direction- all these are equally important in determining the putting of a golfer. Golfers who have a certain weakness on this technique or that must first look forward to improve their putting abilities so that they can improve their score.
Following are some instructions to improve your putting abilities:
• Distance control: Putting involves knowing at first what is the speed of the track you're practicing upon. Try to control the distance of your shot. Star your puts at a ball marker instead of a hole, since you are just beginning. Place the ball marker about 6 feet away and try to contemplate your shot in your mind before you actually hit it.
• Distance Markers: Distance markers can help you measure the distance of your shot. Try setting up ball markers, sticks at first to a distance of 10 feet and then as long as 30 feet. Alternate putting techniques emphasize hitting the ball alternately at shorter distances and then at longer ones. This way your putting ability is going to grow. Then try striking the ball from one end of the field to the other. Do not be disappointed if the ball does not go in at the initial attempts. After all, it is not meant to go in with so little effort, right? But never lose heart and keep practicing.
• Try shorter distances: Try hitting the ball accurately to only as far as six feet and even lesser, maybe 4 feet. But do not try to go over 15 feet. You will end up in disappointment, as is bound to happen for beginners when they set out to hit only long shots. Practice preferably on the flatter parts of the green initially to avoid late ball movements due to undulations. Your aim will slowly get better.
• Keep going: It is easy to get frustrated to leave the green at one single miss. The real achievement though lies in persisting with your efforts. Keep your sessions short, up to 5 to 6 puts. Try to achieve that mark, and you can be content with the progress. You can end up with much lower scores if you also pay heed to some golfing tips available on magazines and channels.
After all these tips, it hardly goes for stating the importance of golf-putting practice. Try practicing both on the Driving range and the greens to improve your golfing skills.
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