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How to Break 80 by Putting Better

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

On the average, the typical golfer who consistently breaks 80 will have about 26-32 putts per round. Those putts account for about 35-40 percent of the overall score. So, I constantly wonder why most of us do not spend more time practicing our putting.

If Tiger, Vijay, and other PGA tour players won’t leave the course until they have successfully hit a certain amount of putts from certain distances, then that should be a major clue for the rest of us: Draining more putts equates to draining more shots from your score card!

If you want to ‘Break80’, ‘Break 90’, ‘Break 100’ or just improve your putting and/or lower your handicap, then put into effect these Five Steps to Better Putting:

1. Keep Your Eyes Directly Over the Ball
2. Use an Inside to Square Swing Path
3. Follow Through Long and Low
4. Change Backswing Stroke, Not Tempo
5. Concentrate on Pace and Fluidity

So, click on this title: Five Steps to Better Putting for more in-depth instruction on implementing these putting tips and start shaving those strokes.

These five steps on putting all seem to be common elements that good putters excel at.

One other thing that good putters do is practice—Remember those guys in paragraph 2?

A great place to practice and hone your skills is on your favorite golf course. Then, live on the edge, put your expertise to the test and challenge yourself to a new golf course.

A great place to do that is Kansas City. I’ll let you in on a little secret: It has a large number of superb golf courses and now is the perfect time to take advantage of these Kansas City tee time discounts.

Putting is one place where any level of golfer can practice and improve. So, if you want to drop strokes fast,focus on your putting! You know—like those “PGA’ guys!

Here is wishing you fewer putts, lower scores and fun on the golf course.
Be the best you can,
Penny

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Is Golf Putting Instruction Important?

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Golf Putting Instruction–Is Putting Instruction Important? Part 1

The question, “Is Golf Putting Instruction Important?”, can easily be answered with a little arithmetic and a few truths, don’t you think?
Putting is half the game. On a standard par 72 golf course, thirty-six strokes are allowed to get the ball from tee to green, and the other thirty-six strokes are for putts. Fact is, that little two or three-foot shot you make with the putter counts just as much as that 200 or 250 yard shot you are hoping to make on your drive. No matter how well you are able to strike the ball with all your other clubs, until you roll that little ball into the hole, you don’t have a score, do you?

Check out what Jack Moorehouse, the author of ‘How To Break 80’, has to say about the importance of putting instruction. Click on picture below.


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Keep tuned for Part 2 on the Importance of Golf Putting Instruction.

Until then, did you know–
A “gimme” can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well. ~Author Unknown

Here’s wishing you fewer putts and a lower score! Happy Golfing!

“Is Golf Putting Instruction Important?” Part 2

And, as a golfer you are not only looking for a score, but a better score each and every time you make that fabulous trip to your haven—the golf course. To achieve that better score you have to roll that ball in the hole sooner and shave off strokes– right?

One of the best ways to do that is to make some birdies.

Now, don’t worry and don’t get uptight at the mention of that word–birdie! The truth is, whatever handicap you have, you can still accomplish those birdies.

Let’s examine those opportunities for birdies and how to put more of them on your score card!

There are three ways to make a birdie:

First, you can birdie the par 5s by hitting the ball so far that you reach the green in two strokes and then use two putts.
Second, you can lay your approach shot .–or your tee shot on the par threes- so close to the pin that the putt is a mere formality.
Or, you can learn to sink those middle-distance and long putts and take one stroke on the green instead of the regulation two.

So, which do you think might work the best for you?

Hint: From Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: “So, if you want to drop five shots off your game in a hurry, leave your long clubs in your bag and head for the GREEN.”

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“Is Golf Putting Instruction Important?” Part 3

If you can reach the par 5’s in two, fantastic for you, but you still need to know how to putt. Let’s be honest, usually the average player can’t reach a par 5 green in less than three strokes. So, if you are going to birdie you must either make a great approach shot so the putt is a mere formality, or if your approach is not so great, you need to drain that first putt.
Oh, oh, did you see that word putt above, three times!

On the par 4s, if you are lucky enough to reach the green in two, that is absolutely fabulous. To make a birdie, you need to hole that first putt. If you are approaching the green with your third shot, then only a hole in will give you a birdie, but a chip and a good putt will save you par.
There is that ‘p’ word again!

On the par 3s, the average golfer is often going to miss the green entirely on the tee shot. Again, to make a birdie you have to hole your approach shot or if you make the green, you need that magic one putt. Oh, no, there is that putt word again!

Well, in all the scenarios, the word putt seems to be reoccurring. We all have the ability to learn to sink those middle-distance and long putts. We all have the opportunity to learn to take one stroke on the green instead of the regulation two!

So, let’s ask the question again. Which way of making birdies do you think might work the best for you?

You are right–the third is by far the most productive and for us non-pro players, really a chance to drop those shots and get to a lower handicap.

In eighteen glorious holes there are eighteen glorious opportunities to drop the ball into the hole with your first putt.

So, if you want to shave some strokes off your score and make more birdies, work on your putting!

So, “Is Golf Putting Instruction Important”?

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