How to Make a Putt from Long Distance

How to Make a Putt from Long Distance

How to Putt Long Distance.

 

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It is no secret that there are some shots in golf that are more difficult than others. Putting a long distance is one; putting down a sloped is another. When you combine the two, well, you often have a big challenge that results in a three-putt or worse!

To suggest that mastering long, sloped putts is easy would be misleading and false. These putts are difficult, even for the pros. But you are not defenseless. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind when you are faced with these monster putts.

 

The Steep Sloping Putt

 

A steeply sloped putt, whether it is uphill or downhill, requires that you concentrate on the speed of the ball more so than the line. This does not mean you can ignore the line, but if the speed is off, line will not matter very much.

A good tip is to first determine how much speed the ball will need to get up or down the slope and then concentrate on the line. For severely sloped putts, consider two-putting as a very viable option.

 

The Straight Uphill Long Putt

 

Because you have a long distance from ball to cup, it is, again, vital that you concentrate on hitting the ball hard enough to get it up the hill and to the hole.

With this type of putt, do not be afraid to hit the ball firmly. Remember, it is better to have the ball go past the hole than it is to have it die halfway up and then roll back down to your feet.

 

The Straight Downhill Long Putt

 

Getting the right speed on these putts is critical. As you do your putt preview, determine the grain of the grass. Are you putting with the grain, against it, or sideways? This information is often vital in determining how hard to hit the ball.

For extremely long downhill putts, try to find a spot between you and the hole that is on-line with your intended putt. Aim at this spot, and let the slope carry the ball to the hole.

 

Long Putting Across Slope

 

These putts are tricky. Visualize the ball running along the line and the slope in such a way that the ball falls into the hole from the topside of the cup, at almost 90 degrees.

If you aim for dead centre of the cup, you will most likely miss the hole on the low side.

Depending on the distance to the hole and the degree of slope, it is often wise to consider two-putting. This means getting the ball to within a reasonable distance to the hole for a easier putt in.

One common mistake is to hit the ball too softly. This only results in having to make this same difficult shot again, only from less distance.

 

The Long Combination Putt

 

These are putts that are long, cut across a slope, and are either uphill or downhill to boot. They can be nightmares.

A good tip for these putts is to always remember that the slower the ball is moving, the more it will break. A ball that is going downhill will typically break more than one that is going uphill. Keep that in mind as you determine your line on this type of putt.

The good news about long, sloped putts is that the more you practice them, the better you will become at making them. Spend time on the practice green learning to read the grain and the slopes and especially learning distance control with your putter.

For a  revolutionary new system on putting that completely blows away anything else I have tried. You won’t believe what you’re about to see

 

 

 

Jay Simcic

Purepoint Golf Team

 

Golf Lesson on The Hybrid Golf Swing

Golf Lesson on The Hybrid Golf Swing

Golf Instruction – Beating Pressure

Golf Instruction – Beating Pressure

4 Tips in Golf for Beating Pressure

 

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Beating pressure is all about a strong mental game. This great video and audio training course called the Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf gets you in the right mindset for an incredible score and massive game improvements.

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Did you know there are sensible ways to help you play your best golf game even when you are under pressure? There are! Here are some tips on how you can beat the pressure every time.

1. To Beat It, Feel It

A lot of players will not know that they are playing under pressure until they have made several bad shots. One of the key elements to playing your best under pressure is to realize that you ARE playing under pressure.

That word “pressure” can mean different things to different people. For some of us, playing in front of a crowd can lead to pressure. For others, a few bad shots can lead to the feeling of being under pressure to regain those shots.

In all cases, the player has to realize that he or she is feeling some sense of stress or dread before they can deal with it.

2. The Spin Cycle

Playing under pressure will often result in two things: One is we tense up. Our muscles will get taut, and that makes them less flexible than usual. The second thing that happens is we begin to swing the club harder than normal.

Either of these reactions will produce poor shots. And one poor shot leads to another as we continue to try to bully our way out of the cycle.

3. Relax

The ultimate key to playing under pressure is to relax. Yes, that is easier said than done, but it’s necessary to get yourself there. As soon as you realize that you are playing under pressure…

Breathe: Taking a few deep breaths can do wonders when it comes to relaxing the mind and the body. The trick is to breathe in slowly and exhale slowly. Not only does this help to relax the muscles, but it also oxygenates the brain.

Stretch: Pressure will lead to tense muscles. This is so common that it is thought to be universal. Tense muscles lead to poor swings, and that, too, is inevitable.

In order to relieve the tension in your muscles, do a bit of stretching immediately before you take your stance. Even a few shoulder twists will help relax your muscles.

Pre-Shot Routine: If you have been reading my newsletters, you already know that I advocate that every player have a pre-shot routine designed by themselves for themselves. If you have one, now is the best time to perform it.

Performing this routine will help to settle your nerves. Think of it as a foundation on which you can build your shot.

Swing Normally: Many players will often fall into the trap of thinking if they hit the ball harder, their game will improve. Things almost never work out that way. What usually happens is a duck hook, a screaming slice or an embarrassing miss-the-ball entirely shot.

Avoid the temptation to smack the ball as hard as you can. Instead, have faith in your own swing. You have been using this swing for some time now; trust it to pull you out of this trouble.

4. Grinning

For many players, when pressure begins, it builds. In other words, it only gets worse if it isn’t immediately addressed. It is a game and should be enjoyed.

If you make a bogus shot, miss a few putts or hit five hooks in a row, smile! Laugh out loud if you need to. Let some humor get into your body, even if it is at your own expense.

This, too, can go a long way in relieving stress and pressure.

Remember to download that free Magic Golf Move so you can have another powerful tool in your bag of tricks.
The more confidence you have in your shots, the more easily you can stand up to pressure and win

8 Tips on How to Play Golf in the Wind

8 Tips on How to Play Golf in the Wind

8 Tips on Playing Golf in the Wind

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There are certain things that you can control. However, there are other things you cannot control. Wind is one of the latter.

For something that you can control, learn how to improve your driving skills with the Simple Golf Swing Guide:

Playing on a windy day is one of the most challenging events you will face. Wind is unpredictable, and that means you have to be on top of it from start to finish.

Professionals know how to handle windy days, but there is nothing they do that you cannot do as well.
Here are some tips on how to play the wind.

Tip 1: It is important to check the wind direction and velocity for every shot, not just every hole. It is surprising how the wind can change from one shot to the next, and you need to prepare for those changes.

A good way to check is to look up at the treetops or at the flag (if it is close). Throwing a few blades of grass into the air will often help, too.

Tip 2: If the wind is blowing directly at you (from front or back), resist the temptation to adjust your target line.
For shots made into a crosswind, adjustments to the target have to be made. This will depend on the velocity of the wind as well as your own skills. If you can play a fade or a draw to help get your ball through the wind, then try those first.

Tip 3: If you can see that the wind is higher up (by looking at the treetops), tee your ball lower than usual. You may need to tee down as much as an extra one-half inch or so. This will help keep the ball lower in its trajectory.

Tip 4: This tip is simple but often overlooked. If playing in strong wind or wind that suddenly gusts, widen your address stance a bit to help increase your stability. This can really help, but do not go overboard.

Tip 5: When you are shooting into a strong wind, try not to power swing your way through the shot. This often means using more club than you would for a particular shot.

A rule of thumb: For every 10 mph (16 kph) of wind, adjust one full club. For example, it you are hitting into the wind, you would need a 5-iron instead of your normal 6-iron in a 10 mph wind. You would play a 4-iron instead of a 6-iron in a 20 mph (32 kph) wind.

Tip 6: When shooting with the wind at your back, your ball will travel farther when it catches the wind. To compensate for this, use your normal club for the shot but grip lower on the shaft. Start with one-half inch lower, and adjust as needed.

Tip 7: Use your less lofted clubs to help keep the ball low. A low-flying ball is often the only real option you have on very windy days. This can be especially useful if you play on fairways that have trees on either side since they may act as a buffer against the lowest winds.

Tip 8: Wind can affect your short game too. Windy days are perfect for using your low-trajectory pitch and run shots. Try to keep the ball low, regardless of your shot selection, when playing near greens that are exposed to the wind or close to water hazards.

Taking a wider stance while putting may also be necessary. But, again, do not overcompensate with this as it may affect your putting swing.

The more control you have in your technique, the better you can adjust to wind. Learn how to improve your driving skills with The Simple Golf Swing, the ultimate guide to improving your swing technique to play like a pro.

The Best Golf Putting System

The Best Golf Putting System

golf puttingThe Best Golf Putting System I’ve Used

 

It is no secret that there are some shots in golf that are more difficult than others. A long putt is one; a sloped putt is another. When you combine the two, well, you often have a big challenge that results in a three-putt or worse!

To suggest that mastering long, sloped putts is easy would be misleading and false. These putts are difficult, even for the pros. But you are not defenseless. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind when you are faced with these monster putts.

The Steep Sloping Putt

A steeply sloped putt, whether it is uphill or downhill, requires that you concentrate on the speed of the ball more so than the line. This does not mean you can ignore the line, but if the speed is off, line will not matter very much.

A good tip is to first determine how much speed the ball will need to get up or down the slope and then concentrate on the line. For severely sloped putts, consider two-putting as a very viable option.

The Straight Uphill Long Putt

Because you have a long distance from ball to cup, it is, again, vital that you concentrate on hitting the ball hard enough to get it up the hill and to the hole.

With this type of putt, do not be afraid to hit the ball firmly. Remember, it is better to have the ball go past the hole than it is to have it die halfway up and then roll back down to your feet.

The Straight Downhill Long Putt

Getting the right speed on these putts is critical. As you do your putt preview, determine the grain of the grass. Are you putting with the grain, against it, or sideways? This information is often vital in determining how hard to hit the ball.

For extremely long downhill putts, try to find a spot between you and the hole that is on-line with your intended putt. Aim at this spot, and let the slope carry the ball to the hole.

Long Putting Across Slope

These putts are tricky. Visualize the ball running along the line and the slope in such a way that the ball falls into the hole from the topside of the cup, at almost 90 degrees.

If you aim for dead centre of the cup, you will most likely miss the hole on the low side.

Depending on the distance to the hole and the degree of slope, it is often wise to consider two-putting. This means getting the ball to within a reasonable distance to the hole for a easier putt in.

One common mistake is to hit the ball too softly. This only results in having to make this same difficult shot again, only from less distance.

The Long Combination Putt

These are putts that are long, cut across a slope, and are either uphill or downhill to boot. They can be nightmares.

A good tip for these putts is to always remember that the slower the ball is moving, the more it will break. A ball that is going downhill will typically break more than one that is going uphill. Keep that in mind as you determine your line on this type of putt.

The good news about long, sloped putts is that the more you practice them, the better you will become at making them. Spend time on the practice green learning to read the grain and the slopes and especially learning distance control with your putter.

For a comprehensive guide to golf putting, there is a great eBook available that teaches a revolutionary new system that completely blows away anything else I have tried. You won’t believe what you’re about to read…

One Plane / Two Plane Golf Swing

One Plane / Two Plane Golf Swing

One Plane / Two Plane Golf Swing Explained

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The differences between a one plane and a two plane are quite obvious… when you know what to look for. So let’s start this discussion off with a look at the one plane golf swing.

Two of the most famous one plane golfers were Ben Hogan and Moe Norman.

Moe Norman is more extreme than Ben Hogan, so we’ll look at him first.

When you see Moe Norman setup it looks very odd. Here is a picture of his setup and I have drawn a line through the shaft, which is going through the middle of his back (that’s important, so keep this in mind as we move through this):

As you’ll notice… Moe’s hands are very high and his club is set back a foot or so from the ball.

Now the key to the one plane, is to keep the club shaft parallel to the line that is created at setup. Then the goal is to get the club shaft back onto the same plane line that was created at setup once you reach impact. I will show you some images from a video of Moe Norman doing this.

Backswing

Downswing

Impact

Follow-Through

At crucial parts Moe’s club shaft is parallel with the shaft line that he started with at setup. Moe has a pretty unusual looking swing though. I don’t know who came up with the term ‘Natural Golf’ but that doesn’t look too natural to me!

So let’s look at the more “normal” setup of golf legend, Ben Hogan.

Setup

Backswing

Downswing

Impact

Follow-Through

So that’s a look at a couple of famous one plane golfers. There is a measurement you can use to help determine if a golfer has a one plane or two plane golf swing. 

But before we move onto the two plane approach, I just want to make a very important point about one plane swings.

As well as Ben Hogan and Moe Norman hit the ball with their one plane swings… they hit an awful lot of balls (i.e. MILLIONS)! And that leads nicely into my next point, which may explain why they needed to do that…

Pretty much every golfer who starts playing the game of golf, plays with a two plane swing. Jack Nicklaus has a classic two  so let’s look at his set up…

Setup

Backswing

Downswing

Impact

Follow-Through

Now here is an extreme opposite of Moe Norman. Jim Furyk and his two plane golf swing.

Setup

Backswing

Downswing

Impact

Follow-Through

Wow… Jim’s got a lot going on! But he’s a great golfer who proves you can play great golf with a two plane swing, just like you can with a one plane swing.

My personal opinion, based on the golfers that are great with the one plane swing, is you need to hit a lot of balls for it to work. If you don’t want to be a range rat, then a two plane swing or hybrid swing plane is what you should be looking to do. 

Before I leave you however, I just want to point out an easy way to measure whether a swing is a one plane swing or a two plane swing. Because at the half way point in the backswing and downswing, a person can have what looks like a one plane swing and yet be a two plane.

You can measure this yourself (for your own swing) if you have a video and some video analysis software.

What you do is get to the top of the golfer’s swing and measure the angle of the left arm and the angle of the shoulders. If the angle difference is less than 12 degrees then it’s a one plane swing. If it’s more than 12 degrees then it’s a two plane swing. Here’s some examples:

Ben Hogan – 2 Degrees Difference

Moe Norman – 0 Degrees Difference

Zac Johnson – 7 Degrees Difference

Matt Kucher – 1 Degree Difference

Let’s look at the differences between some famous two plane swingers:

Jack Nicklaus – 28 Degrees Difference

Jim Furyk – 48 Degrees Difference

David Toms – 35 Degrees Difference

Fred Couples – 39 Degrees Difference

So hopefully now you have a clear understanding of the main differences between a one plane swing and a two plane swing. As I’ve already said, I don’t think any extreme version is right.

I would never teach a person to swing like Moe Norman. Equally, I would never teach a person to swing like Jim Furyk.

I like the middle ground and both swing plane theories have their good points that I think can be molded into one. 

By Jeff Richmond, Director of Instruction, ConsistentGolf