August 6, 2020

Golf Putting Lesssons: Seven Conditions That Impact Your Putt

improve your golf gameThere are seven conditions  you should evaluate before beginning your putt if you wish to improve  putting and lower your golf scores.

First and most important is to study the the slope of the green between your ball and the cup. There are several ways to determine the slope of the green.

One is to plump-bob the putt.

This golf method of putting entails standing directly behind your ball while facing the cup.

Then hold your putter shaft verically with the bottom portion covering your ball from the point of vision of your dominant eye. Then while holding your putter shaft  in this position focus your dominant eye at the top of your putter shaft and observe if it aligned to the right or to the left of the cup.

If aligned to the left of the cup the break of the putt should be to the right of the cup and vice-versa if aligned to right of the cup. If you learn to do this correctly it should certainly improve your golf  game.

Another way to study the slope of the green is to stand behind the cup facing your ball, hold your putter shaft horizonally and grip your hands on your putter shaft about two feet apart.  Next, lock your elbow joints as well as your knee joints, keep your shoulders stable and raise or lower your putter shaft until it covers your ball from your line of vision. If the putter shaft is slanted downward the green slopes in that direction.If it does not slant downward either to the right or left,  it will indicate a level surface between your ball and the cup

Remember that  most recreational and weekend golfers do not allow for enough break typically. Therefore, if there is any doubt about the degree of the break, allow for more rather than less. This alone should improve putting and lower your golf scores.

A second factor to consider and evaluate when putting is the grain of the green. This means the direction in which the grass is growing.

Putts generally wlll roll faster in the direction the grass is growing and slower when puttting against the grain.

A third consideration to study is the type of grass on the green.

Nowadays, you are likely to find an assortment of different grasses from one course to another, although the two most prevalent are bent and bermuda. Typically the ball will roll slower on a bermuda surface in comparison with bent and vice-versa.

A fourth factor to evaluate is whether there is any moisture on the surface of the green and, if any, whether it is light, moderate or heavy. The ball will roll slower when there is moisture on the green in comparison with a dry surface.

The more the moisture, the slower the ball will roll.

Another condition to study is whether there is any water near the green such as a lake,  river or ocean. Typically, the grass on a green will grow toward any water and the grain correspondingly will be in such direction.

A sixth factor to evaluate is the dominant direction of the sun. Generally the grass will grow toward the sun in the same manners as toward any water and impact the putt the same way.

A seventh consideation is to evaluate any wind conditions and, if any, the amount of the wind. Obviously, when facing the wind the putt will roll slower.

There may be some other conditions thast will impact the direction and pace of a putt, such as climate (how hot or cold) and altitude but the seven above are the most significant ones.

Copyright 2010 by Gordon Jackson   golf method


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