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Putting Accuracy

Putting Accuracy refers to consistency with direction and/or distance control on the putting green. When a player has good putting accuracy they will rarely 3 putt as they have good control over distance on long putts making it easy to get the ball close to the hole. They also have control over their path and face creating consistency on short putts.

Putting Accuracy Drills

Putting Accuracy Tips

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  • Ball Position Affects Rise

    According to the SAM Putt Lab stats you want your putter to have a 4 degree rise coming through the ball to get an ideal roll. This is why having your ball position forward of the bottom of your arc is so important. A solid ball position and neutral set up will help you to achieve the perfect rise angle.

  • If Time is Short Go Green

    Before your round make sure to spend time at the putting green. Putt to the fringe to get a feel for the speed of the greens without putting pressure on yourself to drain putts. Then spend some time making some 3 footers so your eyes can repeatedly see the ball drop into the cup. This way you are learning the speed before you tee off and building confidence. Remember, if you only have a few minutes go to the putting green rather than the driving range.

  • Make Sure Your Putter Fits Your Stroke

    Get your putter fit!!! In order to develop a consistent putting stroke you need to have a putter that is well fit. That means not only fit to your body, but fit to your stroke as well. If you are constantly hitting the ball on the toe or heel, it will be very tough for you to hit solid putts and build the consistency you need. Also, your putter should match your stroke (arc or straight line). For instance, heel shafted putters as well as mallet styles fit more of an arc stroke.

  • Learn to Rotate the Face Back to Square

    If you are missing putts to the right chances are you are not getting the face back to square. Try over rotating the face on the backswing and learning to rotate it back to square. This will force you to feel the rotation of your forearms and wrists instead of being overly stiff and dead-handed.

  • Keep Your Elbows Close

    Keep your elbows in closer to your body when putting. This will help you use your big muscles during the stroke. When you stick your elbows out and away from your body, it's easy to slide the arms around independently. Some players will even bend and straighten their arms throughout the stroke. When your elbows are in and closer to your body, it's much easier to keep the arms quite and simply use your shoulders to power the stroke.

  • Looking at the Cup Helps Steady Your Head

    Look at the hole. A major cause of missed short putts is excessive head movement. So instead of trying so hard to keep your head down, in practice, try looking at the cup the entire time. This will stop head movement and keep your focus on the cup. You can then decide if you want to do this only in practice.

  • Looking Up too Soon Causes Excessive Movement

    Put a coin under your ball. Make sure after you strike the putt that you are still looking at the coin. This will ensure that you are keeping your head still and will help you to make those short putts. The cause of a lot of misses is looking up to quickly which forces body movement and results in pushes and pulls.

  • Use One Hand For Feel

    Putt with one hand to get feel. Many pros use this drill to try to gain more feel and hand eye coordination. More commonly, they use the rear hand. Using the rear hand can also give you a feel for releasing the putter face which will prevent pushes. This will help increase accuracy on short putts.

  • Bend From Your Hips Until Your Arms Hang Straight

    To establish solid posture when putting, bend over slightly from your hips until your arms hang down from your shoulders. If you go too far your peripheral vision will be affected and it will be hard to see your line. If you stand up to high your eyes won't be level with the ground and you will tend to look to the right which can cause pushes.

  • Straight Arms Are Preferred

    To make your putting stroke more consistent, I prefer straight arms with putting posture. I believe it helps you move as a one piece pendulum working your shoulders, arms and hands as a unit. I feel that bends in the elbows and wrists at address cause a player to be bendy and wristy during the stroke. If you have had problems controlling your distance or difficulty keeping the face square, try making sure your arms are straight (but not rigid) when you set up and keep them that way throughout the stroke.

  • To Groove Your Stroke Use an Arc

    To perfect your putting stroke get The Putting Arc. It is a very useful tool for indoor practice as well as out on the green. Practicing an arc stroke without a training aid to me is a waste of time. One day you could be making a specific arc shape and the next day it could be different. If however, you are constantly practicing on The Putting Arc, you are grooving the same arc into your stroke on every swing.

  • Paper Cup Tells All

    When practicing your putting indoors, putt to a paper cup instead of using glass. The lightness of the cup will give you a better read on your putts. If you hit the putt dead center, nothing will happen. If you are slightly off however, the cup will move left or right. This forces dead center hits.

  • Avoid a Forward Press

    When putting, avoid a forward press at set up. It opens your shoulders to the line and delofts your putter. When your shoulders are open, you will either pull or slice your putts. Also, when you start with a delofted putter face you will tend to want to add loft back on the face by cupping your wrists. It's always best to set up with everything neutral and square.

  • Keep Your Eyes Over the Ball

    When putting, set up with your eyes over the ball or slightly inside the ball. Test this by holding a ball between your eyes at the bridge of your nose and letting it drop and watch where it lands. If your eyes are too far outside the line or too far inside the line it will be difficult for you to see the line. Setting up too close or too far away can also alter your swing path.

  • Set Up Square

    When putting, stand with your feet, knees and shoulders square to the target line. This is best for most players and for consistency. I think that square shoulders and forearms are a must, but if you prefer a slightly open stance with your feet that is ok. When your shoulders are open to the target line, your stroke will follow your shoulders and create a cut stroke.

  • Keep Your Arms and Club in a Line

    When setting up to putt, check to make sure that your club shaft and forearms are on the same plane. If you create a big angle between the two and have your club shaft sitting low your wrists will be more active. Having the forearms and club shaft in a straight line helps to keep your wrists quiet and promotes a pendulum motion.

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