How to develop a pre-stroke putting routine

March Madness is upon us and for all the basketball enthusiasts,
there is no better time of the year. Golfers can learn a valuable
lesson from the young hoopsters when they are at the free throw
line shooting their foul shots.
March Madness is upon us and for all the basketball enthusiasts, there is no better time of the year. Golfers can learn a valuable lesson from the young hoopsters when they are at the free throw line shooting their foul shots. You see, free throw shooting is a lot like putting. It takes a great deal of focus and concentration, and all good free throw shooters – like all good putters – go through the same pre-shot routine every single time they attempt the shot. They will take the same number of dribbles, roll the ball in their hands, bend their knees, visualize the ball going through the hoop and shoot the ball.

When putting, first look at the break of the putt, read the green and watch the other player’s golf ball as it travels up to the hole. This will give you an indication of what your ball will do when you putt. The second step is to take a couple of practice strokes and make them count. Don’t just wave at the grass a couple of times. Try to copy the stroke you are going to use when you hit the ball. The third step is to pick your line and stick with it. Visualize the ball traveling along that line and into the cup. If you follow this pre-shot routine and consistently do the same thing each time you will make more putts.

Don DeLorenzo is a PGA-certified instructor at Gilroy Golf Course. To schedule a lesson, call Gilroy GC at 848-0490.

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