How To Putt A Golf Ball Properly Step By Step – Including Tips And Practice Exercises

Golf is a sport that requires skill, patience, and practice. The game of golf has evolved over time, and today’s players are expected to perform at a high level. If you want to improve your skills, then you should start practicing now.

There are several ways to get better at golf. One way is to practice. This means hitting balls or using a simulator to simulate the experience of playing golf. Another way is to watch other golfers play.

How To Putt A Golf Ball Properly Step By Step - Including Tips And Practice Exercises

Watching them makes you aware of their techniques and habits. Finally, you can read books and articles to help you improve your game.

This article is going to help you in your quest to be a better golfer with the help of practical and usable tips and tricks to get you bragging about a low handicap. 

But rather than training you up like a drill sergeant and knocking all of the fun right out of your game, we’re going to help you get better at golf while still enjoying the sport. Golf should be a fun and relaxing experience overall, so we don’t want to ruin it for you. 

In this article, we will be covering four topics to better your golf game and lower your handicap. These are as follows:

– How to putt your golf ball as a high to mid handicapper.

– Things to remember when playing to ensure that you can putt a ball from further away.

– Some handy tips to really hone your putting skills. 

– Example practice drills that you can use to develop your short putts. 

This guide is mainly designed for high to mid handicappers to enhance their game, but some low handicappers might also find some of the tips and drills useful. So, without further ado, let’s get right into bettering your golf game, shall we? 

What Is The Putter?

What Is The Putter?

The putter is a club used to strike the golf ball. It is one of the most important clubs in your bag because if you miss a shot with the putter, then you have no chance of making any birdies. 

So what exactly does the putter do? Well, it helps you control the speed and direction of the golf ball. You need to know how far back you stand on the green when you are putting, and where you place the putter head on the green. 

You must also learn how to hold the putter correctly. There are many different grips available, but there are only two main ones. The first is the standard grip, which is the most common grip used by beginners.

The second is the claw grip, which is more suitable for advanced players. 

You should always make sure that your hands are properly positioned before you begin to swing the putter. 

Putters help you sink the ball into the cup at the end of your game. All too many golfers have played an excellent game of golf with a great par, before allowing the putting shot to ruin it all.

If you don’t know how to putt correctly, you can easily lose a load of points bouncing the ball around the green, trying to sink it. 

Some golfers even think that the putting shot is the hardest of all of them, and that is why so many people fall at the last hurdle on a course. Instead of worrying so much about your drivers and your irons, why not give some attention to your putter? 

Step by Step Guide to Putting

Step by Step Guide to Putting

Putting is one of the most important aspects of any golfer’s game. It’s not just because it’s an integral part of the game of golf, but because it’s one of the hardest shots to master.

You only need two hands and a club to make a great putt. So why do so many beginners struggle with this aspect of the game?

However, if you learn how to properly execute a good putt, you’ll see that you can easily improve your score. So, don’t panic – here are the 6 steps needed to perfect your putt. 

1. Approach the ball in its resting spot. 

2. Mark the ball with your guess line.

3. Read the green and determine the best cause of action. 

4. Remark with the new guess line and aim.

5. Use some practice strokes to grasp the distance. 

6. Make the perfect putt.

Some Things To Consider Before Putting The Ball 

We know that you want to putt the ball, but there are two things that you should consider doing beforehand to make it easier for you. You won’t have to do these before every game, but while you’re practicing it will make life much simpler for you.

Who knows, maybe they’ll be so helpful that you will want to do them before every game! 

Add A Stripe To Your Golf Ball! 

Add A Stripe To Your Golf Ball! 

If you’ve ever played golf, then you probably already know that golf balls come in various sizes and weights. However, what you may not know is that you can add a stripe on the side of your ball. 

Not only does this give you more control over where you hit the ball, but it also helps you gauge the distance. If you’re looking to become a better player, you should definitely try adding a stripe to your golf ball. 

A stripe will help you mark your ball with your guess line. Simply take a permanent marker and draw a straight line around the entirety of your ball. Sounds simple, but it will make a big difference! 

Use A Ball Marker

Alternatively, you could think about using a ball marker. This is a little piece of equipment that you put on the green where your ball landed. They come in different shapes and colors, but basically they allow you to remember the exact location of your ball.

Using a ball marker with a stripe on it can help you with your guess line when putting. This is a handy piece of equipment that may not have been designed for this use, but certainly can help you when it comes to your final stroke. 

Step By Step Approach To Putting Your Ball

Step By Step Approach To Putting Your Ball

Now let’s take a deeper look into the six steps that we outlined earlier. These will allow you to putt your ball perfectly each time, but it will also take some practice.

The quicker you get to the golf range and start practicing, the quicker you will be able to lower your handicap! What are we waiting for?

1. Approach The Ball In Its Resting Spot

Walk to where your ball was last stationary and gauge where the hole is in relation to your ball. Take note of a few things such as whether there is an incline or not, the relation of the ball’s tier opposed to the pin, and how flat the green is around the hole. 

These things will allow you to get a  better idea of how you’re going to putt the ball. For example, if the green is uphill on the way to the hole then you can be a little more aggressive with your hit. If it’s downhill, though, you’re going to have to be much more gentle. 

2. Mark The Ball With Your Guess Line

Create a guess line in your head from the ball to the hole. This should be a straight line so that you know in what direction you’re going to be hitting your ball. Don’t spend too much time on this as we’re going to adjust it a few more times before we make a stroke. 

Creating An Initial Guess Line

To create your guess line, we would recommend using a marker with a straight line going down the middle. This can be a piece of paper or even a coin. Put the marker with the stripe facing the direction that you think the putt is going to be. 

For example, if you think that the putt is going to be right to left, place the marker so that the line is facing the right side of the hole. If you think it will be a straight putt, angle the marker to be facing the hole directly. 

Remove the ball so that the marker is the only thing left on the green. Take a few steps back so that you can ensure that you’re happy with the alignment of your marker. Now we’ll be moving onto the rest of the steps to get the marker at a more accurate angle for the best putt. 

3. Read The Green And Determine Best Cause Of Action

Now that you can see your marker from a short distance away, determine whether you need to change it to coincide with the line you think you need to putt the ball. Here it is normal to change your mind on your initial line, so don’t worry if you need to completely alter the marker. 

If you’re unsure about the line, ask someone around you for a second opinion. Alternatively, you can use a method of trial and error. The latter might not go in your favor and require a longer amount of time to learn how to make the perfect putt, so bear this in mind. 

4. Remark With The New Guess Line And Aim

So, you’ve read the green and decided that you want to move your marker to a more accurate position. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that if you want to make it as accurate as possible. Here are a few steps to take when moving your marker. 

– Look to where the original marker was pointed and determine that you want to move it to be in line with your new guess line. 

– Move it to be pointing in the new direction and stand back again to ensure that it is pointed directly inline with the new guess line. This can be tricky as different perspectives might throw you off. 

– To ensure that you align your marker with the guess line quickly, find something along it to focus on when moving the marker. This could be a blemish in the green. Angle the marker towards this and you should see that it is aligned with your guess line when you stand back again. 

– Now align the ball with your marker (this will be easier if you have drawn a stripe down the middle of both of these items). This should leave you with the perfect alignment for your ball. Bear in mind that determining the correct alignment is a skill in itself and will take a few rounds to get perfect. 

5. Use Some Practice Strokes To Grasp The Distance

Practice strokes are beneficial for any golfer, no matter how low your handicap is! Some golfers feel like they don’t need them as they perfect their craft, but they can be very helpful for beginners or golfers who are learning a new skill, such as putting. 

To make the most of your practice swings, look to the hole and swing the club in the direction of it until you get a good gauge on the feel of the distance. You might be thinking – how can you feel a distance? – this is very difficult to explain, but you’ll know what we mean when you’re on the green!

Feel the distance between the ball and the hole while using practice strokes. Do this by visualizing the guide line as you’re swinging your club. As your practice swing ‘hits the ball’, visualize the ball traveling towards the hole. Does it reach perfectly, or does it fall short? 

If the ball has not been putted perfectly, try again with another practice until you get it right. Most putt shots feel different to one another, which is why practice strokes are often invaluable. Once you are confident in the feel of your swing, move onto the next step. 

6. Make the perfect putt

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Now that you’re confident in your practice swings and feel ready to move onto the real deal, you can tentatively move onto this final step. But wait! Don’t hit the ball just yet – we have one more nugget of wisdom to impart onto you. 

When you step up to the ball and line your putter up with the line on its flange to the line of the ball, remember this one top tip – NEVER lift your head to look towards the hole. If you’re putting within 10 feet of the hole, you should never look towards the hole after you’ve lined the putter and ball. 

Instead of looking up to see your ball go into the hole, just wait for the rattle of the cup. 

The Top Tip For Putting More Holes

The Top Tip For Putting More Holes

You might be thinking – how am I supposed to not look at the ball after I’ve hit it? – believe us, it’s much easier said than done. You will need to keep your head completely still while stroking the ball into the hole. Keep your eyes on the ball the entire time, otherwise you’re going to compromise quality. 

It can be difficult to keep your head down when you want to know whether your ball is on track to hit its target or not, but we urge you to resist the urge to look up.

If you want to win prizes and lower your handicap, try this one tip. In fact, if there’s only one thing that you take from this guide, let it be the phrase “Don’t look up, listen for the rattle.”

Setting Yourself Up For The Ideal Putt

There are so many working parts when it comes to your final shot in a game of golf, so don’t just think that it’s your stance that you have to perfect. Here is a list of all the parts that you need to set up properly before taking the putt shot. 

Hands

Your hands should ideally be before the ball when setting up, meaning that the shaft will be leaning forward. You’ll need the shaft to be leaning slightly forward, but you’ll need to play around with it to find the perfect angle. 

A shaft leaning forward will allow your ball to roll without any backspin, which is exactly what you need when putting. Backspin means less control of the ball, and you need all the control that you can get. 

Your Stance

Putting the ball requires your shoulders and arms to have all the mobility that you can get. Your wrists do not need to move and should be rigid, along with your head. Your legs should be still as well as you don’t need to transfer any weight. 

Eyes

Your eyes should be looking down at all times. The left eye will need to be directly over the ball to get the most accuracy. However, this is not an exact science and therefore you can play around with it as you practice.

With that being said, your eyes should be directly over the ball as much as possible. 

Making Short Putts Count

If you’re having trouble making short putts count, then you may need to make some adjustments to your technique. There is one thing that we suggest to everyone who needs help with this – take less break and be aggressive with yourself. 

We know that it can be difficult to master the putt shot and therefore you might want to keep practicing over and over again. During this time, it’s not uncommon to get sloppy and start lifting your head before you’ve hit the ball to see if it’s going to go in.

Remember our number one rule? Don’t lift your head! 

Fixing Sloppiness At The Putter

Below we’re going to be looking at two techniques to fix the difficulty that is short putts. However, we recommend that you practice these techniques a lot before you introduce them to an actual game. 

One Foot Putt Fixing Technique

Hit hard as you aim towards the center of the hole without lifting your head from the guide line. A one foot putt is common to miss, but this technique will make it almost impossible to miss if you do it correctly. 

Two to Four Foot Putt Fixing Technique

Most cases see that it’s best to aim inside of the cup rather than outside of it. Hit the ball firmly so that it makes good contact with the back of the hole and breaks then rather than before.

Give it an aggressive hit so that the ball moves with power rather than slowly trickling along the green. 

Stroking The Short Putt Correctly

As we mentioned earlier, make sure that you’re aggressive on the short putt. Don’t roll the ball slowly towards the hole – put some power behind it and allow the cup to take the break.

To do this, take a short backswing with an impressive follow through. The latter should be longer than the former! 

Again, keep your head down for the entire duration of the hit and listen out for the rattle. 

Of course, there is such a thing as too hard when hitting the short putt. You’ll have to experiment with this to get a feel of how hard is too hard for a putt at different distances.

We’d recommend doing this during your practice sessions rather than attempting it on the course. 

Practicing Short Putts By Hitting The Back Of The Hole

When we say hit the back of the cup, you might be wondering what we mean by this, and how you’re going to achieve it. Practice makes progress, so drills are an excellent way to hone your skills.

Do this drill while you’re practicing your short putts so that you can take it onto the course and wow your peers. 

What you’re going to do is use a plastic tee (or any other material you have one made from) as a guide on where to hit the ball. Stick it into the side of the hole at the top, at a slight angle so that you can see the tee poking out of the hole from your ball. 

We like to use a bright colored tee so that it’s easier to see, but you can use whatever you have lying around in the bottom of your caddy bag. Place your ball a short distance away from the hole within 10 feet.

You can use this drill from any distance, so you might want to try from 2 feet, 3 feet, 4 feet – and so on. Just remember that the further away you are, the harder it’s going to be to see the tee.

So, you might want to invest in a brightly colored one for the longer short putts. 

Now the drill can begin. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to hit the tee with the ball. Sounds simple, right?  Practicing this will help you perfect your short putts so that you can hit them with enough power without overwhelming them. 

The tee will help the ball go into the cup as well. Once you have gained some confidence using this drill, try again but without the tee. Aim for the area where the tee once was, with the same amount of power, and practice hitting the back of the cup on every putt shot. 

Golfers who have used this practice drill have reported a success rate of 94% accurate putts within 5 feet! That is an incredible rate of success. Just remember to keep your head down at all times while doing it! 

A Few More Tips To Help With Your Putting Your Ball

Many people overlook the putting shot at the end of their game, despite it being the finisher and therefore quite important. While you might have mastered your driving shot and know your way around the irons/ woods, without a solid putting shot, you’re not going to lower your handicap as much as you’d like. 

So, here are a few more tips to keep in the back of your mind when putting the ball. 

1. Keep your eyes focused on the ball until you hit it. Then keep your eyes down until you hear it enter the cup. If you look up or down, then you won’t be able to concentrate on the line you need and you’ll end up with a less accurate shot. 

2. When you’re about to putt, think about the line you want to follow. Think about the spot where you want the ball to land, and focus on that line. This will give you a better chance of making a good putt.

3. Always start your putts from the outside edge of the green. It’s easier to get the ball rolling along the grass than it is to roll the ball over the rough.

4. Never step off the green. Even if you miss the ball, you still have time to make another putt. The best thing to do is just stand there and wait for the ball to come back to you. You don’t want to risk losing the ball in the rough.

5. Remember to keep your shoulders square to the target line. If you turn your shoulders slightly, you’ll lose accuracy. Only allow your shoulders  to move when you’re following through with your shot. 

Buying The Right Putter For The Job

You only need one putter in your golf caddy, so you’d better make sure that it’s a good one. There are many different types of putters out there, each designed for a specific purpose. Here are a few things to consider before buying a new putter: 

1. Grip Size: Most putters are available in either a long grip (for longer shots) or a short grip (for shorter shots). Make sure you buy a putter that fits your hand size. A larger grip allows you to use more leverage during the stroke. 

2. Weight: Some putters weigh more than others. How heavy they are depends on what kind of material they’re made out of. The heavier ones tend to feel better in your hands because they provide more stability. However, lighter models are also great for those who struggle with their swing speed and need some help with it.

3. Head Shape: Many putters feature heads shaped differently. These include various clubhead shapes, such as straight, curved, and V-shaped. Each shape has its own advantages and disadvantages. Straight putters are generally considered the most stable. Curved putters are usually used for mid-range shots. V-putters are usually used for short putts.

4. Face Material: Some putters feature faces made from wood, plastic, graphite, or metal. Wood is the traditional choice for putters. Graphite is often preferred by players who prefer a softer feel. Metal putters are durable but can sometimes feel slippery. Plastic putters are lightweight and easy to clean. They’re also very affordable, although they’re not always suitable for adult games of golf. 

Summary

Putting is an important part of any round of golf. By practicing putting regularly, you can improve your game and become a better golfer overall. Don’t let the driver and other golf clubs outshine the putter, as many people neglect this in practice and lose points over their inaccurate putting shot. 

When approaching the green, always survey your surroundings and take note of things that are going to affect your putting shot, such as uphill or downhill slopes. Read the green multiple times and create a guide line in your head. 

Mark your ball with a line all the way around it to make this easier. Use a marker with a line on it as well so that you can align your shots best. Practice strokes are going to make the world of difference to your shot once you have got the feel of the swing. 

Finally, and we cannot stress this enough, don’t lift your head up! Listen for the rattle of the ball entering the hole before you turn to look at it. This is the main driving force behind your more accurate final shots.

Follow this advice and we can bet that your handicap is going to decrease. Good luck! 

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