Golf Tips for Sinking Short Putts

By Sandy LaBauve

Putting accounts for about 42 to 43 percent of your golf score so it is important that you become a good putter. I think that two areas of your golf short game that you should spend most of your time working on are the four-foot putt and distance control with your long putts.

Practice the Four-Foot Golf Putt

Four-foot putts help your overall golf short game. When you are confident that you are going to make your four-footers, then your short games shots do not have to get as close to the hole. In order to be a good putter from four feet you need to have a very simple stroke with few moving parts so you can return the face to a square position at impact time and time again.

Tips for Making Short Putts

  1. If we go through a few fundamentals, I would like my eyes to be pretty much over the ball if not a little bit inside.
  2. I play the ball a little forward in my golf stance, I have my hands in a palm grip, not a finger grip anymore, where my thumbs are down the flat part of the shaft. I want to have my hands about even with the golf ball, not even with the putter.
  3. I always want to feel like the head of the putter is moving more than the handle. When I hit the putt I want to make sure that I am aimed correctly and I am just going to try to hit the putt nice and solid. Solid contact is what is going to send the ball down the aim line I have chosen.
  4. The putter is going back slightly inside and finishing slightly inside.
  5. There is also an arc, it is just more subtle. It is not as big an arc as an iron or a driver because I am not as far away from the ball, but I am still making just a little bit of an arc.
  6. You will also notice if I turn to the side how my elbows are fairly close to my body. I never want my arms moving away from me whether I am hitting a putt or a short game shot.

Practice Putting to Improve Your Golf Score

Making these short putts can save you so many strokes on your score. I would put you to the test and tell you to start practicing four-footers, get to where you can make 10 in a row, then 15, then maybe even 20 in a row without missing. Make yourself start over if you miss one. If you start practicing that way I think you will see a tremendous difference in what you're shooting when you play golf.

Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Grip, Impact, Practice

About the Instructor

Sandy LaBauve
Sandy LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.