For those of you who are golfers or have taken a few lessons, you know that the correct golf swing is a very difficult thing to master and maintain. Any false move can completely change how far the ball goes and where it ends up. And while putting may appear to be a less complicated movement, the same holds true.
Fortunately for us, we are lucky enough to work with a number of golfers, including a PGA professional. If you are looking to shave a few strokes off your short game, below are some tips to help you on your next round.
1. DON'T WATCH WHERE THE BALL GOES
We know it’s hard but lifting your head to watch the ball tends to make the face of your putter open up, sending your ball off the intended path. If you need something to focus on, place a dime just on the other side of the ball. With the dime just out of site, your objective is to continue looking at the dime once you’ve taken your putting stroke.
2. LEARN TO PUTT WITH JUST YOUR LEFT HAND (RIGHT HAND FOR ALL OUR LEFT-HANDED FRIENDS)
Another mistake many golfers make is allowing their right arm to get too involved during the putting stroke. To avoid this, spend some time before your next round making three foot putts using only your left-hand to hold the putter. If your left shoulder stays down, you’ll swing the putter toward the hole. This exercise should provide you with the sensation of your left arm and the putter moving together in the correct direction and with a square face. After a while, incorporate your other hand and strive to recreate the same feeling of your left hand and putter moving together.
3. LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY
If tips like the first two fail or don’t get your game to where you want it, you may want to consider using technology to analyze and correct your swing/stroke. Many professional golfers are now using new technologies to monitor their swings and help improve their rhythm and timing. Two of which that we use are called Interactive Metronome and Motion Guidance. With Interactive Metronome golfers are able to improve their overall timing and coordinated movements. As for Motion Guidance, this provides golfers with visual feedback on how their body movements influence the balls flight path and allows them to build muscle memory around the correct swing motion.
We hope you found this information helpful but as always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at (704) 752-8100. We have health coach on staff and will be glad to setup a free phone consultation.