Golf Lessons 101: Putter Fitting

This is probably the most important part of you game especially since you spend around 75% of your round putting. Average golfers do not understand the importance of putter fitting to lowering their handicap. In this blog we will discuss ways you can go about being fit for the perfect putter for you.

  1. First things first, this is a matter that your local PGA Professional should be a part of so please get him or her and head to the putting green.
  2. This is an important process, so devote about 30 to 45 minutes just for the fitting itself- trust me you will really thank yourself for taking the time.
  3. If your pro does not have a fitting system make sure that he has putters with different lengths, lofts, lies, and hosel styles for you to choose from.Note: You need to see different styles and head designs because each one of these will look different and aim differently to your eye. It is your goal to find the putter that you aim correctly and we will go over what that looks like later in the blog.
  4. Find a flat spot in the green that is around 6 feet in length and get ready to putt. This is a crucial time in your fitting because each of these putts needs to be treated like the putt of your life. It is very important that each time you putt that you do your routine and read each putt. (This sounds like a meaningless task, but it puts you in the mindset of making putts on the course)
  5. Every putt should be analyzed for Feel and Speed Control, but most importantly for alignment. Tell your PGA Professional where you are “aiming” and he will determine which putter you “aim” at your target. This is the purpose of your fitting because we want to aim our putter at the target every time.
  6. Remember: The way this putter fitting works is if you take every putt seriously and do your routine. Take your time and make this fitting count so that the putter you pick matches your eye and your stroke

This putter will be the best putter you have ever played with and you will make lots of putts with it. After your fitting, be certain to make some lag putts to be sure that your speed control is good with the putter you have chosen. If it is fit correctly you will have no problem.

These tips are designed to help the average golfer improve their game.  If you have any questions or wish to receive your own personalized golf lessons feel free to contact us.


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Golf Lessons 101: What to Look for in a Putter

There are so many different brands, lengths, heads, and designs of putters nowadays that who is to say which is right and which is wrong for an individual. The answer to that is the individual themselves! Putting is “The game within a game” as once quoted by Harry Vardon and relies primarily on feel and how comfortable one is standing over a putt.

Since putting requires a much shorter stroke that relies on the golfer’s skill rather than his equipment; it is easy to understand how so many different putters have become popular in modern golf. Picking the right one for you can be a challenge. Some of the best advice given is to make your decision based on what feels best and provides the most consistent results. This may be more relevant in the putting stroke than new technology; such as putters that produce topspin,because most golfers cannot start the ball on the correct line consistently.

There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before selecting the correct putter. It is important to speak to a PGA professional or another knowledgeable staff member about putter fittings. They can help find you a putter of the correct length, loft, and lie for your putting stroke. This all adds to the overall feel of the putter at address, allowing you to make a more confident stroke at the ball every time.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind how fast and slick the greens are. If you are an avid golfer who wants to lower your handicap any way possible, the loft and weight of your putter are two things commonly overlooked. Keep in mind that the faster the greens the lighter you want your putter, while the slower the greens the heavier you want your putter. Also, make sure to use a more lofted putter if you are playing on rougher greens, while using a lower lofted putter on slicker greens.

These tips are designed to help the average golfer improve their game.  If you have any questions or wish to receive your own personalized golf lessons feel free to contact us.


Golf Lessons 101: Putting Drills

There are 3 things that make up every putt and to be a great putter all 3 things must work together all the time. The 3 things being:

  1. Speed
  2. Line
  3. Green Reading

Speed is the most important part of putting and it is vitally necessary to have a putting stroke that will maintain a consistent speed while entering the hole.  The ideal Speed for maximizing the size of the cup is 2 revolutions past the front of the cup. This means around 8 inches past the hole is “perfect” Speed. Developing Speed is a matter of practice and more practice. To get consistent Speed there is a great drill that I like my students to do on a regular basis.

Speed Drill

  1. Place an Alignment Rod (or any other object to define distance) around 12 inches behind the hole you are putting.
  2. Place 5 balls at a distance of approximately 3 feet from the cup on the ground.
  3. Putt all 5 balls until you constantly either make all 5 or keep all 5 from going past the Alignments Rod on the ground.
  4. Repeat this step from 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 feet and only worry about your speed on these putts. Note: it is not important to make these putts, it is only important to develop consistent Speed.
  5. Add the 2 shafts to create the image of a straight back and straight through stroke pattern. Remember we are working on consistency here and nothing more. Making the putt is not enough for this drill. We are looking for the ball to go into the hole at the same speed each time. This will groove that repeatable stroke everyone is looking for as far as speed goes.
 
 
The next part of putting is the Line, which is the second most important thing to get right before you make your stroke. Since the Line and Green Reading  go together we will work on both in this next drill, while combining them with Speed.
 
The Tee Drill
 
I am sure that this drill will work for anyone that commits to putting the time and effort into their putting because it combines all the essential parts of the putting stroke together into one drill.
  1. Place 1 standard length golf tee into the ground on a relatively flat putt (as you get better at this drill, you will start to place this tee on slopes and hills).
  2. Start from 3 feet and try to “nestle” the golf ball next to the tee without going past it (this is very difficult but the results are outstanding)
  3. After completing this task 5 to 10 times in a row move back to 6 feet and then 9 feet and so one and so forth.
  4. If and when you start stopping your ball next to the tee from long distances you will really start to see the balls dropping on the course.
Notice that both the drills in this blog start from close to the hole and work their way outward. It is very important to build confidence while you practice so I find it better to start close to the hole and work backwards towards your longer lag putts. Green Reading  will be gone over in a later blog because of the depth that Green Reading information has.
 
These tips are designed to help the average golfer improve their game. If you have any questions or wish to receive your own personalized golf lessons feel free to contact us.
 
 
 


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