Golf is a fantastic pastime; a way to get out, get active and socialise. But it’s also a competitive sport! If you’re looking to up your game and get ahead of the pack, working on your putting could help to do just that! At The Insurance Emporium, we want everyone to do the best they can at their passions, so here’s our selection of top putting tips to help put a swing back into your game of golf!
1. Setup, putt, repeat
Before making any further suggestions, possibly the most important thing to remember is to take the time to practise. And once you’ve practised, practise again! Without repetition, anything you learn about the setup and process of putting probably won’t sink in.
2. Spot on!
Spot putting is recommended by many golfers. The idea is to focus on an imaginary spot aligned with the hole on the other side of your golf ball, anywhere between six inches to three feet away. You then concentrate on rolling the ball over this spot and towards the hole – the concept being that it’s easier to visualise your target line over a shorter distance!
3. Take in the landscape
Don’t wait until you’re on the green to actually look at it. Rather, begin assessing the green as you approach it. This should give you more time to consider any slopes and variances in terrain. Are there many bumps? If you’re planning ahead you’ll have a greater chance to work out how to deal with any obstacles.
4. Variety is the spice of life!
Play a variety of practice shots! Don’t focus only on getting the golf ball in from six feet away. Instead, play shots from a number of distances and angles. Try negotiating different terrains. Why not start with your ball behind a tree or other obstacle once in a while?
5. Conquer your putt single-handedly!
Practising putting with one hand could help you refine your setup position. If you can’t putt with a single hand you might find you need to alter your stance slightly, or your grip on your club. As you continue to use one hand you could find yourself naturally moving into a better position!
6. (Even if we’re just) putting in the dark
Prolific former golf pro, Billy Casper, once told journalists that “putting in the dark is the best thing I ever did”. The idea behind this was that by not being able to properly see your surroundings, you become more aware of them – paying extra attention to surfaces, slopes, even any moisture on the ground. Eventually this might mean you start to do this naturally within your daylight game!
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to make the hole. If you’re worried or nervous, it’s likely that tension will make itself known physically. For example, you might grip your putter too tightly or your stance could be too rigid. These in turn might result in jerkier movement, ultimately making for an awkward putt!
Whatever your putting level, the most important thing is to remember to enjoy the sport you love! We hope, however, that these golf putting tips have given you the inspiration to improve your game. If you’re at home on the green, you might want to think about getting golf insurance to help protect your equipment. At The Insurance Emporium, our Golf Insurance comes with cover for Golf Equipment up to £5,000* as standard, and you can choose from our range of Optional Benefits. We also offer up to a 30% discount^! Head to The Insurance Emporium today to find out if we have the perfect policy for you!
* Cover up to £5,000 for Golf Equipment available on lunar monthly Portrush policies.
^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Club Member Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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