Putting is all about consistency and confidence.
Consistency comes from establishing a set routine and following
it each time you putt. Do the same thing each time before you putt.
Confidence comes with making a couple of putts early in the round, especially
those pesky 2- to 6-footers.
Heres a couple of things to consider when establishing a routine:
Just always mark your ball from behind the ball. If you get behind the
ball you can more easily see the intended line or break of
up the ball
by giving it careful
observation, and then listening to it drop will
help get in correct
Next, line the name of the ball (Titleist, Pinnacle, Top Flight, etc.)
in line with where you think the ball will break. Then set the line
mark on your putter directly in line with the name of the ball (the putter
head will be perpendicular to the name on the ball.
Take your stance and set up with your ball directly across from the logo
on your golf shirt (well forward of the center of your body). Place your
left eye (for right handed golfers) directly over the ball. A good check
to see if your left eye is directly over the ball is to take a ball and
put it up to your eye, drop it, if it lands on top of the ball on the
ground, you are in the correct position over the ball.
When you are set up correctly, turn your head so that you
draw an imaginary line from your ball to the intended line and draw an
imaginary line back to the ball. The more you can visualize the imaginary
line, the more likely you will make the putt.
The last thing you want to do is to listen for the ball to
go in the hole. Dont look up to see the ball keep your head
still and listen for it to drop in the bottom of the cup. The concept
of listening instead of looking keeps your entire body stable and still
throughout the stroke.
To summarize, establish a routine and listen for the ball to go
in the hole.
Dale Crafton is the owner and instructor at Cozy Acres
Golf Complex, 4040 Old State Rd. 62, Madison, Ind. Call him at (812) 273-3137.