Common Putting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Good putters understand the importance of being confident, something that often manifests from effective mental preparation. However, confidence can also lead to carelessness and the tendency to make putting mistakes that could cost you the game.
There are countless errors that have the potential to be made during a round of golf, but some mistakes are more common than others. Here are some standard putting mistakes you should do your best to avoid on the green.
Putting mistake #1: Poor alignment
One of most common putting mistakes that golfers struggle with is poor alignment. It should come as no surprise that inconsistent alignment will result in bad accuracy and a missed stroke.
Here are a few ways you can start to work on your putting alignment:
- Draw a line on your ball
- Use a putter with a line on it (and match it to your ball line)
- Place a club or stick on the ground in front of you
- Square up your stance
Putting mistake #2: Deceleration
Another aspect of putting that matters a great deal is the amount of momentum you produce as you swing back and follow-through. As much as possible, you should be using the same tempo back-and-forth.
If you find your putts coming up short, chances are you are decelerating on your stroke. To break this bad habit, practice swinging past the ball rather than imagining you should come to a screeching halt when your club connects.
Putting mistake #3: Overly tight grip
If you plan on playing in the MSOP Tour and it will be your first putting competition, you should consider working on your grip pressure to avoid making the fatal putting mistake of an overly tight grip. Studies have even shown that amateur players will grip the putter much tighter than those with more experience.
Instead of gripping your putter for dear life, try holding it just tight enough that it won’t slip loose during your putt. However, you still want the pressure to be firm and consistent between both hands for a comfortable and natural stroke. Aim for about 3 out of 5 on the tightness scale.
Putting mistake #4: Not having a ritual
What do championship putters Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Hubert Green have in common besides being legendary golfers? The answer: they all performed a ritual before taking their shot.
While the word ritual evokes a sense of superstition, the truth is that rituals are more common than you’d think among pro golfers, and for good reason. When you develop your own putting ritual (think of it as a warm-up routine), you will find your nerves relaxed and your confidence soaring.
Bonus mistake: Not practicing enough
We all know that practice makes perfect, and what better way to practice than reserving your spot in an MSOP Qualifier and trying your hand against other players in an actual competition?
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