How to Make an Uphill Putt

By Steve Silverman

Putting is perhaps the most vital area of golf when it comes to scoring. Once you learn how to hit the ball consistently, putting well can help you turn an average round of golf into a memorable one. Uphill putts may seem difficult to inexperienced golfers, but they are the putts that a majority of golfers consider the most makeable. Uphill putts have to be struck fairly hard, but they are usually quite straight, and they give the average golfer a good chance to make them.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Assess your putt as you are walking up the fairway toward your ball on the green. Are there any dips or twists that will take the ball off course? Do you see any breaks that you will have to negotiate?
Step 2
Walk up to the green, and stop when you get 5 feet behind your ball. Look over the terrain and see if the green is level or if there are any twists and turns.
Step 3
Address the ball. Take one practice swing. Many golfers will take two or three practice strokes, and then mull over their shots for 30 seconds or more before they hit. This usually leads to a poor putt.
Step 4
Strike an uphill putt with a firm swing and a purpose. Your putt will never get to the hole if you don't hit it hard enough. An uphill putt is basically straight, so give it a firm enough swing to get to the hole. Don't leave it short.

Tips & Warnings

Hit your uphill putt firmly. You will be filled with regret if you leave those putts short of the hole. Practice putting before you start your round. Many golfers like to warm up by hitting two or three dozen shots on the driving range. That's fine, but you should also get to the practice green before your round and work on the uphills putts, downhill putts and sidehill puts.
Hit your uphill putt firmly. You will be filled with regret if you leave those putts short of the hole.
Practice putting before you start your round. Many golfers like to warm up by hitting two or three dozen shots on the driving range. That's fine, but you should also get to the practice green before your round and work on the uphills putts, downhill putts and sidehill puts.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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