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We all know that to play good golf we must putt well.
 
Putting well involves taking our single putt opportunities when they come along and avoiding the costly three putt. Three putting is largely due to poor control of the speed and distance that the ball is rolled at the player.
 
I am going to explain why golfers struggle to control the distance of their putts and show you how to improve in this area of the game.
 
To putt well it is important to use the shoulders and arms in a pendulum style action to roll the ball.
 
Many poor putters use their wrist too much when they putt.
 

Pic. 1
 
You will see in Pic.1 that the players left wrist has bent on the follow through of the stroke; this is the result of an incorrect ‘flicking action’ during the stroke. With this type of technique it is very difficult to control the speed and distance of the ball.
 
By sliding a pen or pencil under your watch on your left wrist you will quickly get a sense of how the correct technique should feel. The pen will act like a splint and help make sure that the wrist does not flick the putter as it strikes the ball. See Pic. 2
 

Pic. 2
 
Pic.3 shows you the improved position that is achieved by the player when their wrist remain passive.
 
Pic. 3

Good putting technique has symmetry to its appearance with the length of the backswing and follow through being of an equal distance. See Pics 4 & 5
 
 

Pic. 4 

Pic. 5

Helpful Tip

Try marking your ball with a straight line on it as you can use this line to make sure you are aimed in the correct direction leaving you free to concentrate the speed of the putt. See Pic 6
 
Pic. 6
 
 
Good Golfing!

Peter Parks PGA