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ART & SCIENCE OF GOLF PUTTING
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Golf putting is both an ART and a SCIENCE. The ART of golf putting requires a visualization or proper "read' of the slope and grain of the green and a feel for the distance of the putt. The SCIENCE of golf putting is a mechanical action which requires taking the correct aim, and executing or stroking the putt in a manner which you can repeat again and again. Mechanical failure of a golf putting stroke causes you to either 'push' the golf putter off of the intended line to the right or 'pull' the golf putter off of the intended line to the left. 'Pushed' or 'Pulled' putts create sidespin on the golf ball and cause the golf ball to 'spin out' of the hole unless the golf ball hits the cup dead center. Generally, mechanical breakdown occurs in the small muscles of the hands, arms and wrists. You can accomplish a significant improvement in your golf putting by transferring the mechanical action of your stroke from the small muscles of the hands, arms, and wrists to the large muscles of the shoulders.

THE DREADED 3' TO 8' PUTT

Why is this putt so difficult? It's because your golf putting stroke must be both firm and smooth - a very difficult combination. The firm stroke creates the proper topspin and roll so the putt will stay on line and actually dive into the hole. Longer putts are easier to stroke because the putting stroke is longer and you use more of the larger shoulder muscles. Short putts require a shorter putting stroke and it's easier for the smaller muscles of the hands, arms and wrists to move the golf putter off line. The key to making more of those shorter putts is to maintain the same putting stroke using your shoulders that is used with the longer putts.

HOW TO LOWER YOUR GOLF SCORE

The quickest way to lower your golf score is to make almost all of those 3' to 8' long putts. We all like to make the 20' to 30' putts, and we should expect to make one or two of these per round, but this is not the key to lower scores. The secret to lower golf scores is to make 90% of all of the 3' to 8' putts per round. If you have 10 to 12 of these putts per round, and make 90% of these putts, you will lower your score by 3 or 4 strokes per round.

VISUALIZING AND EXECUTING A PUTT

Look at the putt from each side to see the slope and determine the speed of the putt. Look at the putt from behind and front to determine the amount of the break and direction of the putt. Pick a spot a few feet in front of the ball on the line and aim for this spot. Execution involves stroking the putt on the right line with the right amount of force while creating 'topspin' on the golf ball so the golf ball will maintain its line and roll into the hole. Stroking the putt in the right 'topspin' is a mechanical action. Stroking the putt with the right amount of force involves a feel for the distance. Once you have the putt lined up you can begin to focus your concentration on the distance and how hard to hit the putt.

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