Making Solid Consistency on Putts

By Teresa Justine Kelly

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Many golfers have little difficulty hitting their ball from tee to green, but they panic or get the yips when they reach the putting surface. There are three basic fundamentals to remember about putting. Once you master these three key components, you will putt with a consistent, repeatable stroke every time. Remember that putting accounts for approximately forty percent of your total golf shots so it is important to focus attention on this vital part of your game.


Difficulty: Easy
  1. Address the ball standing upright while slightly flexing your knees.
  2. Position your eyes directly over the ball and the target line, never outside the ball.
  3. Relax your arms. They should hang down from your shoulders naturally without tension.
  4. Lightly grip your putter.
  5. Standing behind the ball, bend down and read the green. Look for breaks and slopes.
  6. Take a few practice strokes to get the proper feel.
  7. Step into your position, lining up your club behind your ball. Take aim. Pick an intermediate target a few feet in front of the ball.
  8. Take your stance by ensuring your feet, hips and shoulders are parallel to the putt's target line.
  9. Make sure you take as much distance in your back stroke as you do in your forward stroke. Maintain an even, consistent tempo.
  10. Maintain the triangle of your shoulders and arms working together in one piece. Your hands should remain quiet throughout the stroke.
  11. Maintain a smooth, even tempo. Keep your head and eyes down. Try to maintain your finish for about three seconds after the ball has left your putter without lifting your head or peeking to see where the ball has traveled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pick a blade of grass or some other type of marking on the green a few inches in front of your ball in order to set your clubface on the correct line of your putt. This will ensure that your alignment is accurate at address. Make sure your swing path is straight back and through.
  • Missed putts are usually caused by poor alignment, a swing path that is either too inside or too outside the line and distance control.

About the Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.