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Putting Made Simple | Tips On How To Work Your Putt Out.

Before making your 'Putting Stroke' you need to identify the line that your Ball needs to roll along to the hole and also identify the pace your Ball needs to roll at to gain accuracy and consistency with your 'Putting' results! To you to do this effectively I have listed some simple points that I would like you to take into account as you walk up to and on to the Green!

'Helpful Tips' to identify your 'Putting Line' and the 'Pace of your Putt'.

As you walk up to the Green take a visual snap shot of the lie of the land around the Green as this will give you an idea of the Greens high and low point that will enabling you to see the general direction that the Green falls. I'd also like you to take account of the general layout of the green, especially any slopes, humps, hollows or hazards etc... that may affect the direction or pace of your Ball as it rolls across the green.

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As you walk onto the Green again look for any slope between your ball and the hole that may effect your ball as it rolls across the Green, this is known as a 'Borrow', which is a slope that affects the balls direction and pace. When you have identified the Slope try to visualize the line you would like your ball to roll along to the hole, which is known as your 'Putting Line'. This line should start from your ball and finish at the hole.

Along your Putting Line take account of any slope that may affect your balls Putting Line and Pace as it rolls across the green. 'Borrows' can be very obvious to the eye but sometimes they can be very subtle so always take great care with your observations!

Lesson Image (click to enlarge)             Lesson Image (click to enlarge)                                                  An example of an Aiming Point and a Target Line.

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If you ever feel uncertain about your 'Putting Line' or 'The Balls Pace' I would always recommend walking around the Green to the other side of the hole to give yourself another visual view of your 'Putt'. This will either confirm or change your decision relating to any 'Borrows' affecting your 'Putt'. Also walking around the Green will give you the opportunity to 'Feel' through your 'Feet' any subtle slopes. By taking a few extra seconds walking around the hole you will have gained a better idea of the Putting Line and Ball's Pace enabling you to fully commit yourself to your Putt. 

 

'Repairing Pitch Marks'

After identifying your 'Putting Line' look along it for any 'Pitch Marks', these are indentations a ball makes when it lands on the Green. You are entitled to repair 'Pitch Marks' and you can repair any mark on your Putting Line providing your ball is lying on the Putting Surface but I would always recommend asking your playing partner first before repairing any damaged area either on or near your intended 'Putting Line' to avoid confusion with this action.

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'Removing Loose Impediments'.

Loose Impediments are loose items of debris that have blown or fallen into your playing area or onto your playing line. These item are not attached to the ground and they can be removed from your Playing Area and your Playing Line. I would always recommend looking around your playing area and along your 'Putting Line' for any Loose Impediment that may obstruct your Address & Posture Position or your Ball as it rolls across the green.

  • Here are some examples of a 'Loose Impediments'.

Lesson Image (click to enlarge)             Lesson Image (click to enlarge)                 A fallen Twig with leaves attached.                                               Loose Grains of Sand.

Lesson Image (click to enlarge)             Lesson Image (click to enlarge)                         Loose Grass Cuttings.                                                               A Small Twig.

Loose impediments can be removed off your 'Putting Line' but again I would recommend you ask your playing partner first before any action is taken. Upon agreement pick any item up and remove it but if you feel the need to brush items off your Putting Line make sure you brush across your line rather than up and down your Line as this action may incur a penalty.

Now you have identified your Putting Line and checked for any obstructions on your Line you are ready to start creating your 'Address & Posture Position' by working through your 'Address Routine'!

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