New Year with at least one "improvement" resolution.
Golfers usually pull out training aids searching for swing improvement but, in this players opinion, it is equally as important to work on putting skills.
As short game guru Dave Pelz says, "More than 40 percent of all golf shots are putts, and over half of those are short ones."
In his new book, The Grumpy Old Golfer's Putting Tips, E.P. Murphy dispenses "subtleties of the game within the game" that he has learned in his forty-plus years on the golf course.
At Golf for Beginners we are always learning...and sharing...so we would like to begin the New Year with game improvement tips for all players.
Here are a few golf putting tips, sent in by E.P. Murphy, aka the Grumpy Old Golfer, to help inspire all players before the start of the new season:
Tip #4 – The only golf club in the bag specifically made to hit the ball into the cup is the putter – master it first, master it best!
Tip #22 – Touch is one thing very good putters have in common. Touch is the core ingredient for long term success.
Tip #30 – Putt to stroke it, not to sink it.
Tip #34 – Aim makes you a contender – pace makes you a finalist.
Tip #58 – Another drill on the practice green is to aim for no hole, but just putt to the fringe of the green so that you concentrate intently and completely on pace and not on a hole.
Tip #70 – On elevated greens it is better to observe the putt path below the level of the green than from above.
Tip #94 – Make cleaning off your putter face part of your setup routine.
Tip #128 – Speed is more important than break on long putts. The distance, short or long, is more often greater than the distance right or left of the hole.
Tip #201 – The three mind-set qualities of the putting stroke: No Doubt – No Effort – No Thought
Tip #264 – One way to weaken the firmness of a downhill putt is to strike the ball closer to the toe of the putter.
Thanks to the Grumpy Old Golfer for his usable putting tips.
The Grumpy Old Golfer and his plain talking tips will help you take your putting skills to another level. These golf tips come from notebooks he carried on the course and from conversations and other experiences over the past 40 years. There are 300 practical tips to help guide you in your quest to grasp the game within the game - the art of putting.
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