Pre-Shot Putting Routine

I am one of the biggest advocates of playing fast when you play
golf. Even a beginner who doesn’t hit the ball very well can keep
up with their group by being ready to hit when it is their turn and
walking briskly to their ball.
I am one of the biggest advocates of playing fast when you play golf. Even a beginner who doesn’t hit the ball very well can keep up with their group by being ready to hit when it is their turn and walking briskly to their ball.

This should be done, so that when you get to the putting green you can afford to take a few extra seconds on your putt. The putting green is where the strokes are wasted, a majority of the time. By setting up a good pre shot routine and sticking with it I believe that you will sink a lot more putts and therefore save strokes.

First, always mark your ball when you get to it. Your ball may have picked up some mud or may be resting in a depression and you won’t know it until you mark it.

Second, step back and look at the break of your putt. At this time you can also watch the way your playing partners putts travel. This will help give you a preview of what your ball may do. If during the last foot or so a ball falls one way or another this is telling you what your ball will do when it approaches the hole.

When it is your turn, step up and take a couple of practice strokes. Make these practice strokes count. They should be just like the way you plan on hitting your putt. Taking a couple of practice strokes increases your feel and confidence. Trying to hit a putt “cold turkey” doesn’t work for many people.

Lastly, put the putter behind the ball, pick the spot you are aiming at and take a smooth stoke. The putting stoke should not increase in speed violently from backstroke to forward stroke. Just gradually accelerate and follow through with the putter head traveling down the intended line of your putt for a foot or two. If you follow this routine you will bending over a lot more getting your ball out of the cup.

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