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Pro Golfing-Putting
by Mark Cave

General Putting Tips

Right now you're probably thinking how you can change your putting techniques to get ahead in your golf career. Putting is probably one of the most important techniques, without which you can't really expect to march ahead in your golf career. Putting is also a technique that sets apart a very good golfer from a pack of ordinary golfers. There are several putting techniques suggested by golf experts and you can learn these techniques with a bit consistent practice.

More often the game of golf is a game of "feel". As kids we were so successful in throwing stones at the chosen target with such a stupendous accuracy! Such a fine tuned target was consistently achieved without even knowing the distance between the target and the subject. This was probably due to that wonderful sensation of "feel", a foolproof event in the subconscious mind. Golf is no different than your stone throwing experience. When you feel that you can putt to a long distance, you can actually do it after some consistent practice. You must also know how hard to hit your long putts before expecting to achieve a handful of success.

Here are some of the best known putting tips which will male you a successful golfer:

Method No.1:

1. Set up a line of about 25 balls. 2. Fix a target distance of about 40 feet. 3. As a precaution, try looking at your hole, rather than looking at the ball! 4. Start practicing to hit the ball at the hole. Keep adjusting the force and speed with which you try your putt. 5. Develop that feel so that you know how hard and quick you need to hit at the ball 6. Keep changing the target and distance to hone up your skills. 7. However this technique works well indoors only. You may need to practice in the actual course by adjusting the course length and hole.

Method No.2:

1. Repeat you strokes consistently to achieve that extra edge. 2. Most of the professionals usually do this by a method called "pre-shot", allows them to get their body into the same position, then relax and stroke the putt. 3. Never stop looking at your hole as well as the ball. 4. To check this follow this tip- remove your right hand from the handle of the club (left hander remove the left), hold a golf ball to the bridge of your nose and drop it slowly. The spot where your ball falls down is where your eyes are in relationship to the golf ball.

Method No.3: Downhill Putt

1. Stand next to your ball and start practicing as you normally would do. Learn to make out the perfect length and rhythm of your stroke. 2. Once you feel the intensity of your shot, set up over the ball and lower your hands at least three inches down the hand grip. When the putt is shorter, the lower energy will be transmitted to the ball. 3. Start practicing again to feel the intensity of stroke. By now you will be really surprised to see the softness in your strokes. 4. Short put is always better than a toe-stroke to soften the blow. When you putt, the face remains square and putts start on-line. 5. When you putt faster, your grip will go farther down. 6. As you practice this technique for many months, you will learn how to putt downhill with expertise.

Here are some basic techniques which need to be remembered:

1. Right handed golfers must lock in their left hand when putting. Left handed golfers may lock in their right hand. 2. Square up your stance when putting. This will allow you to natural pendulum stroke to parallel to the target line. 3. Always allow a feeling of relaxation to take over your character.

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