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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The putter is going back slightly inside and finishing slightly inside.
- 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.
- 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.