Archive for the ‘Putting Tips’ Category

MIND OVER MECHANICS

MIND OVER MECHANICS

THE FAULT

Many golfers struggle on the greens because they often make what is in reality a fairly simple physical action, much more difficult, mainly through thinking too much about the mechanical action of their putting stroke.

When the physical aspects of putting take over it can often lead to a loss of feel for your putts and good feel is essential, both for your stroke and also when it comes to judgement of distance.

So if you are experiencing problems with this aspect of your game try this simple drill that will help get that essential feel back into your putting stroke.

THE CURE

Next time you have a few minutes to spare prior to a round of golf or even during a practise session, find a quiet spot on the putting green and try this simple drill. Take up your normal putting stance, but before you actually hit the ball, take several practice strokes looking directly towards the hole instead of down at the ball.

Try to visualise the length and pace of stroke that would be required to roll the ball the required distance. And if possible, try also to picture the ball rolling towards the target on the given line and into the hole in your mind’s eye.

As you swing the putter gently back and through, you should start to become much more aware of the weight of the putter head and the pace of your stroke. You will soon discover that your natural feel for distance and pace will become the dominant factors in your putting stroke, rather than the physical mechanics of the stroke.

Then when you get out onto the golf course, try to introduce the same “feel” drill into your pre – shot putting routine.

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I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success

Mark

Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex

Improve your Putting Distance Control

Putt Better – Score Better

I wrote this Article for Play Better Golf Magazine a few years ago on how improve your distance control in putting, which we all know adds up to over half the game. I was looking at Luke Donald stats on putting the other day and on average every round of golf that he plays, he has 7 one putts per round…. Not bad at all!!

Maybe that is why he is at the top of his golf right now…..

Anyway below is the article that I wrote, enjoy the read and adopt the putting routine..

PUTTING – CONTROL YOUR SPEED

STAR MAN: LUKE DONALD

Building an irstinctive link between his eyes and hands has helped Luke become one of the lag putters.

This picture captures him sizing up the putt visually….. and feeling the length of swing needed to take the ball there. Great touch putting is as much about using and trusting your eyes as good technique.

I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success

Mark

Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex

A Great Putting Drill

A great drill for improving your putting stroke click below to watch the video.

Lee Westwood Putting Can Improve

Lee Westwood must feel so frustrated with his lack of consistency in his putting at the Masters last week, he really needs to change direction to spin this around so he can have a great chance of adding Majors to his belt!!

I believe that under pressure and when he presses to hard to make putts, he gets out of his natural rhythm and tempo, his head moves around too much and then his stroke does not arc correctly. Lee has more or less always used a toe heavy putter which lends itself to an arcing stroke with face rotation throughout the entire stroke. This leads to rotating the shoulders and forearms correctly, when Lee putts not so well he tends to rock his shoulders and his forearms do not rotate correctly, which leads to poor face rotation.

With a little bit of guidance Lee can quite easily turn this part of his game around, he needs to get back to basics and stop looking for a needle in a haystack or that “magic thought” .

If Lee wants to come and see me then I would be more than happy to help him.

If you would like to improve your putting than please book a lesson with Mark Wood

Best Putting Tips in Sussex and Kent – By Mark Wood Golf Academy

Improve Your Putting This Month with some good Putting Tips and Drills

Putting is most probably one of the least practised departments of a typical amateur golfer, they would much rather be seen on a range belting drivers as far as they can!! Although this is great for a quick ego boost, it is most certainly not going to reduce there scores and handicap very fast.

I know you will all say to me “practising putting is boring” and I would most probably agree to some extent, but if you gave yourself some fun challenges in your practise rituals then you would most definitely spend more time on the practise green.

Here is a good drill to kick off with for those short knee knocking putts Putting Drill
I will be adding more video putting tips on putting drills as we move on into the spring, so keep a look out on the website and my youtube channel.

Remember 53% of a round of golf is played with a putter in your hands, so if you would like some help in improving your putting then please have a look at my Peak Performance Putting Programme Here and lets start working on your putting.

I have many great teaching aids to help you, from green reading to working on the tempo of your stroke and also I use the Tomi putt video analysis to help you understand your putting stroke.

The Luke Donald’s of this world spend at least 50% of there practise time on the putting green as they know “you drive for show and putt for dough”

BE POSITIVE ON SHORT PUTTS

A tee peg practice drill to help you hole more of those pressure putts

There’s an old adage that says, “You drive for show and putt for dough”. We all get more target focussed when faced with putts we feel that we should hole and therefore feel more pressure. The hole some how looks smaller and we feel uncomfortable when standing over the ball, this leads to tense hands, forearms and shoulders all of which has a profound effect on how we swing the putter. So here is a practice putting drill to help you feel more confident over short putts.

  • Find a hole that gives you a nice straight flat putt.
  • Push a tee peg into the back of the cup and focus on that as this will make the hole seem a lot bigger
  • Draw a line on your ball to help you line the putt up, directly at the tee peg.
  • This will really help in taking the technical thoughts out of your stroke and you will feel that you swing the putter head more freely.
  • Feel how soft your hands and your elbows are as you swing the putter, rolling the ball straight towards the tee peg and into the hole.

I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success

Mark

Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex