By Richard Dunsby, PGA Teaching Professional, Emirates Golf Club
There are five important parts to putting that make the ball go on line or off line:
- Green speed
- Slope of the green
- Distance from the hole
- Aiming point
- Pace of the putt
ROLL AROUND THE CLOCK
Set out this putting clock from distances at 3,6,9 and 12 feet. The best way for you to gain a feel for a putt is to roll the ball from low level towards the hole with your hand whilst looking at the intended target. This will give you a visual perception of how to roll the ball with the correct distance, speed and line. For example, this can be related to many other tasks or sports you carry out unconsciously thinking. When you throw a ball do you look at the ground or towards the intended target? …. The intended target!
Here is a great practice drill for you to improve your putting stroke, clubface alignment, and initial starting direction of the ball. All you need is four tees. Position the first two tees in the ground at a selected distance just outside putter-width apart creating a gate to place your ball between. Place the other two tees 1/3 of the way down your intended target line at putter-width apart.