Golf for Beginners 5

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“Drive for show, putt for dough” is the lesson we’ve

all seen and learned from watching professional

golfers in every tournament and championship.

 

The masters of golf can drive a ball from here to

eternity, but it all boils down to how many strikes of

the ball it takes to put the ball in the hole. The

long accurate drives don’t amount to anything if

you’re unable to putt accurately.

 

Choosing a putter is important, but using whatever

putter you have consistently is more so. I’ve had the

same putter for fifteen years; I know what it feels

like in my hand, I know its weight and how that plays

into my putts.

 

Putting takes lots of practice. Typically, we drive

the ball eighteen times in a game, but putt at least

double that number. Doesn’t it stand that we should

practice our putting at least twice as much as

driving? If you can’t get to the practice green

regularly, practice on your carpet at home.

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Keep in mind that no ball can make it into the hole if

it doesn’t have enough power behind the ball to get

there. Take the time to get down and look at the path

from your ball to the hole; does it slant one way or

the other? Is it uphill or downhill?

 

Stand with your feet spread for balance and line up

the putt. Keep you hands, arms and shoulders

completely still; imagine that you are a “bobble head”

but you move from just below your chest. Keep your

head directly over the ball. Pull your club back; keep

your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders steady-the

movement comes from your chest. Hit the ball,

following it with your club.

 

Learn from each putt and remember the lesson.

Practice, practice, practice!

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