Putting is the Foundation to Improving your Golf Game

A sol­id golf game is con­sis­tent in three areas — hit­ting fair­ways, hit­ting greens in reg­u­la­tion, and putting. Con­tin­u­al issues in any of these areas can pro­hib­it a high hand­i­cap golfer from ele­vat­ing their game to shoot­ing bogey golf.

Dri­ving accu­ra­cy and hit­ting greens in reg­u­la­tion are impor­tant to scor­ing low. You can, how­ev­er, miss fair­ways or greens and still recov­er through oth­er areas of your game. Miss a fair­way and still hit the green in reg­u­la­tion by hit­ting a good approach shot. Miss the green in reg­u­la­tion and sal­vage the hole with a nice chip or bunker shot.

Putting is not as for­giv­ing. Good putting can help you score low on a hole or help you sal­vage a hole on which you have made mis­takes. But there is no recov­ery from poor putting. By three putting a hole, you will either waste a great scor­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty or com­pound pre­vi­ous mis­takes on a hole result­ing in an unwant­ed score. Even if you hit the green in reg­u­la­tion, three putt and you’ll end up with a bogey. You need to take advan­tage of hit­ting greens in reg­u­la­tion by mak­ing pars and an occa­sion­al birdie. Pars are need­ed to off­set the dou­ble bogeys or worst that you will score in your round.

High hand­i­cap golfers should work on elim­i­nat­ing three putts to move towards con­sis­tent­ly shoot­ing 90. The goal for high hand­i­cap golfers should be to make every putt with­in 15 feet. The prob­a­bil­i­ty of a high hand­i­cap golfer mak­ing putts out­side of 15 feet is low. Lag putt every putt out­side of 15 feet. Lag putting is putting the pri­or­i­ty on leav­ing the ball with­in a few feet of the hole to insure mak­ing your sec­ond putt instead of try­ing to make the first putt. Dur­ing time on the prac­tice green, be sure to prac­tice lag putting from 15 to 50 feet. As your golf game pro­gress­es and you hit more greens in reg­u­la­tion with your approach shot, you will be faced with longer putts than if you were chip­ping or pitch­ing onto the green. Suc­cess­ful lag putting will be impor­tant to take advan­tage of hit­ting greens in reg­u­la­tion.

The oth­er end of suc­cess­ful lag putting is mak­ing short putts. No mat­ter how good your lag putting is, you still have too many three putts if you miss short sec­ond putts. Strive to make every­thing with­in three feet of the cup. Every time at the end of prac­tic­ing your putting on the prac­tice green, chal­lenge your­self to make ten three foot­ers in a row. If you miss one start over at zero. Work on a full fol­low through and avoid “stab­bing” at the short putts. One of the most frus­trat­ing things in golf is to play a hole great and then miss a short putt at the end.

Make putting the strong point of your game no mat­ter what lev­el your game is at. Good putting can help you score low and can also bail you out of trou­ble. Three putts will lead to frus­tra­tion. Reduce your num­ber of three putts and see your golf game improve!

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