Who’s the best putter on the Tour last year? If you picked Justin Rose, you could be right. He had the best putting average on Tour in 2018 with 25.00 putts per round. Mi Jung Hur had the best putting average on the LPGA Tour with an average of 28.3 putts per round in 2018. Those are great stats—no matter how you slice.
Both Rose and Hur are great putters. No doubt about it. So are many pro golfers. What’s their secret? They have simple routines and use brisk action. They size up the putt, then hit it.
Plus, they have great putting techniques. Their techniques serve them well when it comes to sinking pressure putts on the Tour.
Below are seven golf tips gleaned from the best putters in the game. Test them out the next time you’re on the practice green. Plug the ones that work into your best putting technique now.
Refining your technique will help you slash your putting average per round, amazing the guys in your regular foursome:
- Practice short putts often — Practice putts within 10 feet as much as you can. These are among the easiest putts to make, so you’ll probably sink many of them. Watching all those putts go in breeds confidence. And confidence works wonders when it comes to putting. It’s called practicing success.
- Putt one-handed on the practice green— Putting with one hand putts you in the correct setup position. If you fail at that, you’re probably not in the right putting position. If you struggle one-handed, keep practicing.
Eventually, you’ll slide into the correct setup position. (See the golf tips article below to get more information on putting one-handed.
- Square up the putter face — For many golfers, this is the top putting fundamental in the game. Many weekend golfers make this mistake before putting.
If you align your putter face properly, you’ll eliminate many other putting errors. So, work on your alignment techniques and sink more par and birdie putts.
- Aim for the back of the hole — Do this on short putts. You know the putts I mean—the ones you take for granted, and then miss. Use an imperfection on the back of the cup or a speck of grass on lying there.
Then shift your eyes back to the ball and putt. Also, find a trigger to start the putt, maybe a slight forward press can help. Use the trigger whenever you putt.
- Let the putter shaft dictate — Do you use an arcing stroke or a straight back-and-through stroke? If you like to use a straight-back and through stroke, switch to a center-shafted putter.
That could be a game changer for you. When you position the shaft in the putter’s center, the amount the putterface opens and closes during the stroke drops, helping you square up the putterface at impact.
- Work on your speed — Speed is the key to sinking more putts. If your putt is rolling at the wrong speed, it has little chance of going in. Try this putting drill to improver speed control:
Start by putting a club 1-½ feet beyond the hole. Now putt. Your goal, if you miss, is to roll the ball up to the shaft on the ground, without touching it. That leaves you an easily makeable comeback putt.
- Pinch knees inward when putting — You must stay completely still when putting. To reduce body movement, create an “inward” feeling when you set up. Try to feel that your elbows and knees are “pinched” inward toward an imaginary axis running straight through your body from your head to the ground. This move keeps your weight centered and your body quiet throughout the stroke. It was Arnold Palmer’s key putting tip.
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Use the seven golf tips above to refine your best putting technique. They’ll help you sink more putts per round and increase your birdies and pars per round. More importantly, refining your technique helps lower your average scores—the first step in breaking 80 consistently.
Drain More Putts with This Simple Best Putting Technique
When nearly 40 percent of your shots are putts, you can’t afford to be anything less than a great putter. Improving your putting technique is the fastest way to cut your handicap down to size. It’s also the quickest way to break 80.
But improving your putting technique is easier said than done. The first step doing so is developing a simple, repeatable putting stroke based on the basics. Do that, and you’re that much closer to breaking 80.
Below is a 3-step putting exercise that teaches you a simple, repeatable putting stroke that will help you drain more putts than ever.
Step 1: Find your putting arm.
Drop six or seven balls on the green. Then, putt the balls one arm only. Start with the right arm. Then use the left. This step tells you which arm is best for putting.
Most right-hand people find that the right arm is their best pivotal point. And vice versa for left-handed putters. Use the arm that feels the most comfortable for putting.
Step 2: Establish your grip
The grip you want to use is to hold the club in your putting hand with the fingers pointing down. Hold the club along your lifeline and then close the fingers up.
You want the palm facing in the direction you’re going, with your thumb on top of the grip. It’s a simple way to grip the club that works every time.
Step 3: Develop your stroke
Using this simple grip, putt a few balls just to get a good feel for putting with one hand Don’t worry about sinking putts just yet. Use the pivot point you established above to control your best putting technique.
After practicing one-handed for a while, grip the putter with your other hand and try sinking some putts. Remember to use the pivot point stroke you developed in step 1. Keep practicing that way until your stroke is second nature.
What makes this best putting technique so great—and so useful—is its simplicity. You move only one part of your body during the stroke.
You’re not moving your hips or your shoulders—just your pivot point. This approach streamlines everything in your putting technique, making it easy to repeat the stroke.
This Golf Drill Sharpens Your Best Putting Technique
If you’re serious about breaking 80, you’ll work on your putting. That’s easier said than done—especially if you move your ball position around when putting.
Moving your ball hampers consistency and accuracy. It also generates a wide variety of spins and roll speeds, which cause you to miss putts—even easy ones.
To improve your putting, you must first determine the ideal ball position for your putts. That will help produce the same spin and roll speed on every putt.
The simple golf drill below helps you determine your ideal ball position on putts if you use a straight-back-and-through putting stroke:
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Ball Position Golf Drill
Find a flat spot on the green. Then set up to a ball as if you were going to putt it to the hole. Do everything you do if you were putting during a round. Now drop a ball down from the bridge of your nose between your eyes.
If you’re in the ideal ball position, the ball should strike the ball on the ground. If you use an arcing stroke, however, the falling ball will land on your putter. Adjust your ball positions based on the drill’s results.
Finding your ideal ball position when putting is critical. It can help you create a stroke that utilizes the same spin and roll speed every time. That can boost accuracy and consistency—something you must do to break 80.