Toeing Downhill Putts

By Katherine Marren

Toeing Downhill Putts

We have all faced treacherous downhill putts on the putting green and students often ask me should they hit those putts off the toe of the putter or off of the sweet spot? Hitting a putt off the toe of your putter will absolutely dampen the hit and the ball will travel less distance. However, when you hit the ball off of the toe of the putter the face can also rotate and twist sending the ball off line. When you hit a ball off the sweet spot of the putter the chances that the ball will roll straight and true go up but the distance will increase as you hit the ball and you are going to have to mentally think about hitting a shorter putt a little less distance. Let's try out these methods and see which works. First I am going to experiment hitting just a regular putt off the sweet spot of my putter, it is about a five foot putt. Wow that is really going fast. Now I am going to try the same length putt off the toe of the putter. It softens the hit and I do not have a hard putt coming back. Now I am going to try off the sweet spot, which is what I normally do so I will not have any twisting of the face, and I am going to think about hitting a three foot putt to shorten the distance. Again, a pretty good way to control distance on a really difficult slippery downhill putt. I think you need to go to the greens and try both methods to see which works best for you.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Practice, Impact, Reading Greens, Psychology

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