Top 10 Questions Students Ask About Putting
By: Tim Krumnow
Golf students tend to get pretty caught up on their full swing. They want a full swing analysis to tell them how to hit a driver further, but putting is the key part of being a successful golfer. I’ve almost heard it all in my 20 years of teaching golf students, but here are the most common:
How should I hit the ball?
The answer to this question is different for every golfer. This is why we suggest getting an initial swing analysis to determine what you are doing correctly (so you do not change those things) and what areas you can improve. Once we identify the areas of improvement, we can make a custom game plan for you to reach your goals and identify the best way for YOU to hit the ball.
Which putter should I use?
With the Fit2Aim putter fitting system, we can identify the exact characteristics of a putter someone needs in order to aim the putter correctly so they can start the ball on the intended line with the correct speed. These characteristics include head shape, hosel shape and offset, alignment lines on the putter head, shaft length, swing weight, grip type, and size. Each of these will influence your ability to aim and determine which putter is best for you.
What do I do with my fingers?
The correct grip for most people involves holding the putter grip in the lifeline and fingertips. This will allow you to swing the putter on the correct plane and enhance your feel so you can control the distance you roll the ball.
Where should I look?
When putting we test your vision to identify where and how you see the hole. Once we determine your best angle for your eyes to see the line and the hole we can fit the putter to you and your vision.
How should I stand?
This is determined by the visual test. Once we determine how you see the hole, we can then make a determination of what posture and stance are best suited to you.
How do I figure out the slope of the green?
Judging the roll of a putt involves many factors. We can help you develop a pre-putt routine that will help you determine the best line for you to roll the putt on. Some factors include grass grain direction, the high point of the green, drains around the green, bodies of water around the green, wind speed, and direction, moisture on the green, grass type and speed.
How can I judge distance better?
Once you determine the slope (from above answer), you need to practice distance control and feel drills. We can recommend several after a putting lesson. Also, here are some favorite drills from our instructor, Juan Ramirez.
How do I improve my alignment?
With our Fit2Aim putter fitting system, we can fit you into a putter that you can aim and align to the hole naturally, so it’s repeatable and correct. Essentially you can eliminate the need to work on alignment once you have a fitted putter and learn to use your natural instincts.
What am I doing wrong?
There are many factors to consider when answering this question. This is why we suggest getting an initial swing analysis to determine what you are doing correctly (so you do not change them), and what areas you can improve. Once we identify the areas of improvement, we can make a custom game plan for you to reach your goals and identify the best way for YOU to hit the ball.
How can I improve my putting?
Get a fitted putter so you can naturally aim the putter and start it on the correct line and then practice distance control and green reading.
Here at Precision Golf Academy, we’re committed to helping you improve your game. Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional, we’ll help you get your putting (and the rest of your game!) on track for success. Get in touch with us anytime to find out how we can help you.