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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, so i'm 15 and i am trying to play as much golf as i can. I started at 8 when i was 8 and i play from 20.

Anyway my problem is putting, this used to be my favourite part of the game but since the beginning of this year it's badly off. Last year i got a new taylormade putter that i couldnt miss with but this year i have no coonfidence on the green. For example i can get the ball on in 2 easily on a lot of par 4's but when i putt i 3 putt to get bogey:~(.

So are there any ways i can just start fresh with putting that will allow me to build confidence or will i have to continue through until i feel good again???
post #2 of 14

I think for you to gain back your confidence you really need to find out what is causing you to miss first so that you can work on it.

 

The best thing that I can suggest is start in your bedroom or somewhere in your house and aim down a straight line about 10 feet long and see if you can hit it down that line every time, or at least 9 out of 10 times.

 

If you are able to always do this then at the very least you have confirmed that you are able to choose a line and hit it on the same line you are aiming for.

 

next you really need to get to a putting green and try the same thing there, from different distances and really find out if your issue is reading the green correctly, or is it a matter of you not hitting the right pace..

 

Once you find out let us know and then I think you will get more useful help.

 

Confidence will come, once you know that ever time you go to putt you have a chance of sinking it!~

post #3 of 14
For me, my putting came together after I established a solid routine. As part of this routine, i take a practice swing from behind the ball and visualize the line that ball going in the hole. On short putts (usually par savers), I focus on keeping my head down/still until I hear the ball in the hole. I found myself pulling up which made me inconsistent.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks to both of you, it's very annoying though when your fancy taylormade putter that worked a treat last year feels like your putting with a crazy golf putter.

I've decided to go to the practice green as often as possible to improve
post #5 of 14

I have putting problems too. I been working on my shorter putts inside 15 feet. My confidence on longer ones are fine.

Been working on reading those better. i would just putt quickly without looking for any possible breaks.

Usually left-rights would be fine but for right to left I would shove/push my putts and miss right.

Very inconsistent.

post #6 of 14

I'm speaking from experience because I was just like you last year. I was getting 45+ putts a round. My worst, was 52. HORRIBLE. I then bought the book "The Putting Presciption", the best decision I ever made with regards to my golf game.

 

It talks about putting from the grip, to the stroke, it has drills and games to help you improve plus a lot more. It actually ended up helping me to choose a better grip and stroke than the one I was using. I went from your standard overlap grip to your somewhat nonstandard reverse overlap grip and wow, what a difference.

 

If you're struggling with 3 putts, it sounds like you have a problem with the distance putts that are 30+ ft away. There is a great drill you can do to help you with it, one of my favorites. It helped me from 7-9 3 putts a round to 2-4. I have yet to have a round without a 3 putt, but in time, it will come. I am usually in the neighborhood of 32-37 putts per round. My best ever was 25. d:x (lucky)

 

Anyway, check it out, I promise you with all I have, you will not regret it.

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Scott-lobwedge View Post

Ok, so i'm 15 and i am trying to play as much golf as i can. I started at 8 when i was 8 and i play from 20.

Anyway my problem is putting, this used to be my favourite part of the game but since the beginning of this year it's badly off. Last year i got a new taylormade putter that i couldnt miss with but this year i have no coonfidence on the green. For example i can get the ball on in 2 easily on a lot of par 4's but when i putt i 3 putt to get bogey:~(.

So are there any ways i can just start fresh with putting that will allow me to build confidence or will i have to continue through until i feel good again???

Identify what your main problem is first.  Do you 3-putt because of your distance control on your longer putts?  Or is it because you have trouble with aim on your 2nd putts?  Or is it because you are having trouble reading the greens?

 

If its distance control, then go out to the practice green and lay out a string or a couple of tees at 15 feet and try to stop putts consistently on that string.

 

If its short putts then maybe just do drills where you try to make a bunch of 3 footers in a row, then 4 footers, etc, etc.

 

Basically, you probably jsut have to practice a lot and work through it.

 

Good luck!

post #8 of 14

For me to improve my putting  i need to get my head out of the game.  That is to quit thinking of the technique and to increase the visualization of the result = ball rolling into hole.  Ain't easy.  Indeed, my best  drives occur when i see the spot out on the fairway when i want to put the ball and think  of nothing else. So the same will work for putting. 

post #9 of 14

It's easy Dave Stockton! Buy his book on line it will cost you about $6. Easy quick read simple and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to pick up his idea's

post #10 of 14

Right away I shaved 4 strokes with Superstroke Slim grip

post #11 of 14
Putting is three skills.

1. Start the ball online.
2. Hit it the proper distance.
3. Read the green properly.

Figure out which of the three you're weakest in and work on that.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

Putting is three skills.

1. Start the ball online.
2. Hit it the proper distance.
3. Read the green properly.

Figure out which of the three you're weakest in and work on that.
Just to give you (the O.P.) a few ideas of how to work on these, I'll share how I improved in these different aspects myself.

1. For this I got a chalk line from Home Depot. It was about $5 and the chalk was just as cheap. I took this out to the practice green and found a slightly breaking putt about 10' in length. I would then hold the end of the chalk line in place with a tee from where I would start the putt, and stretch the line across the intended line I wanted to start the putt on. You then "snap" the chalk line (stretch it up and release) to put a faint line on the green. Repeat until the line is appropriately visible. I would then stroke putts on this line to make sure I was starting the putt correctly, adjusting the line until I started making the putts. The line is easily wiped away afterwords by sweeping your towel across the green.

2. The best practice for this was to play a game called 7-up with my teammates. We would pick a long putt on the practice green, usually 50' or more, and all putt to that hole. The person closest to the hole got 1 point, and everyone had to 2 putt or they would lose a point. This game can also be played trying to get up and down, but a small (candy bar in the pro shop usually) friendly wager always made you concentrate on the putts.

3. This is something that was hardest for me, but the best way for me to learn better was to guess in my mind how a ball would react rolling along a green before putting. I would picture someone else putting from the same spot as me and would watch their ball go up and down the hills and valleys of the green. Careful observation and practice are what gave me a better sense of how greens break, along with a few general "rules". Greens usually break more when they are a faster speed for the same slope, they usually have two or three drainage areas (where water runs off the green) that will be low points, and most importantly that I personally always prefer uphill putts to downhill ones. Just a few things to mull over next time you practice.

Those three things helped me the most, and they might help you too. The only way to know for sure though is to try it out for yourself. I did find Dave Stockton's books on putting to be helpful myself (especially the idea of looking at a spot to roll your ball over) and his ideas about a number of different things seemed to be easily understandable for me. They would be a good place to start if your local library or used bookstore has any of them.
post #13 of 14

Try changing things by either a different grip or putter grip or a different putter you may have around the house, not trying to advocate changing putters all the time but some times it can help, how many times have we heard of a tour pro either contending or winning an event by simply changing something with either the method they putt with or the putter itself. Sometimes a whole new fresh look at things can give new confidence as well.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by flopster View Post

Try changing things by either a different grip or putter grip or a different putter you may have around the house, not trying to advocate changing putters all the time but some times it can help, how many times have we heard of a tour pro either contending or winning an event by simply changing something with either the method they putt with or the putter itself. Sometimes a whole new fresh look at things can give new confidence as well.

I agree. I putt great when I have a brand new putter or putter grip but the magic only last for that single round. I tired of buying new putters. What I been doing is switching between a superstroke fatso with conventional reverse overlap grip and I regular pistol grip that I hold cack hand. Both are newports. This seems to bring back some magic back.
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