We’ve all heard the saying, “drive for show, putt for doe.” Sure, but putting is easier said than done.
Think about it? Par for most golf courses is 72. Of that, it accounts for hitting the green in regulation in 1 or 2, and 2 putting. So, at least 50% of golf scoring is putting.
What if you could shave 4 strokes off your score? Say 2 on the front and 2 on the back nine. You are talking a significant change in your handicap.
If you talk to your buddies, look at the different stances, putting approaches, and putters, I bet you will find a different stance or putter for each. Why? I think because putting is a personal thing, that is you putt in a way that is comfortable for you.
However, to improve your putting, may require taking yourself out of your putting comfort zone. Change requires practice and adopting a putting stroke that will improve your game.
One of the most interesting approaches of late I’ve seen is that of Jordan Speith, especially as it relates to short putts. I constantly miss 4-6 footers and end up 3 putting and instead of a par, I get a bogey or double bogey.
One other thing about his putting is the left hand grip. Check out what Dr. Eric Wilson has to say about this approach and grip.
Here’s another simplied video for the crossover putting grip >>>>
I’ve noticed with the left hand dominate grip that your putting stroke is more level. For example for left or right hand dominate putters, the right or left shoulder naturally leans down, unlevel. However, when you change the dominance from right to left hand, your shoulders become more level, hence a smoother more accurate putt. Especially short putts.
As a senior golfer we all know we don’t drive as long as we used too, but we sure as hell can keep our game in line by putting better than our younger opponents.
I’ll let you know how I do on my putting journey.
Go for it…give it try.
If you have a putting tip, go ahead and share it! Hit it forward!
Golf is what you play when you’re too out of shape to play softball.