Category Archives: Golf Greens

Delight to the eye

No Comments 10 Dec 10:14 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Golf putting is one of the trickiest skills of any sport.   It is truly a delicate mix of coordination and muscle control combined with strategy and mental focus. When a skilled putter sizes up a 10-foot (3-meter) distance to the cup, pauses, then applies precisely the right amount of force to sink the shot, that triumph of mind over matter is a truly inspiring sight to behold. I remember watching one master putter whose style and follow through was such a delight to the eye. This golfer seemed to infuse vision and intelligence into each putt. The way that …

Practice on a Putting Green

No Comments 26 Nov 10:30 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

If you are an avid golfer, the more availability and options you have, the better.  We recommend that you look into an excellent selection of high quality practice putting greens available from SynLawn and Pelz. Practice greens often can’t reproduce the same kind of real life scenario as real greens because they are usually located away from obstacles such as trees (which affect wind) that can affect your putting. The practice green at your local golf course is usually not at the top of a greenskeeper to-do list, so its surface may not simulate a good putting experience. You could try to …

Lagging

No Comments 25 Nov 8:56 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Distance putting drills refine the feel for speed on practice putting greens: “String It Out” Thank you to reknowned golf instructor Neil Wilkins for this “lag putting drill”.  Its basics follow in summary: 1. Cut pieces of string (as many as you like), each about three feet long. 2. Lay the strings out evenly on one of your favorite practice putting greens.  Each string should be approximately 3 feet apart, and across a well chosen putting line. 3. Start about 10 feet behind the first string. Putt a ball and try to roll it just beyond the first string. Putt a second …

Not a Lefty?

No Comments 21 Nov 8:03 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Since most of us our right-handed it is no surprise that most golf putts are missed to the left. Practicing will help prevent this. So, get on your way to one of your favorite practice putting greens and master awareness of your posture, positioning and follow-through. After you have struck each & every putt be certain that you hold the follow through for at least 6 seconds. This alone will give you time to check the following factors: 1. Is your body still in its original position? 2.  Is the putter head path still on line to its target? 3. Is the …

Under pressure

No Comments 14 Nov 4:48 pm Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Practicing golf putting while under pressure and simulating comparative conditions is essential to a player’s success. You can create your own unique putting drills where you can be rewarded or punished for performance.  This might seem strange but this method has proven to work at simulating pressure on a player. For example, line up 4-6 golf balls equidistant from the hole – north, south, east, west – or in a line.  Change it up. Be creative. Set a timing (# of balls struck by # of minutes, seconds) and a number of successful putts to achieve as an appropriate goal. …

Line up 7-8

No Comments 12 Nov 9:38 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

The benefits of this putting drill are similiar to the circle drill in that it helps your tempo and rhythm but also works on your feel for distance. To begin with line up seven to eight balls in a row on your practice putting greens.  Start with the closest ball to hole and putt. Keep moving farther out until you have putted all of the balls. Your target line will be the same for each putt so the only variable is distance. As you make each putt you will begin to develop a feel for how long of stoke you need …

Reading Greens 1-2-3

No Comments 9:25 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Entire books have been written on reading golf putting greens. The following three putting tips cover the majority of the basics on green reading and will give you a great jump start on sinking more putts on your practice putting greens. Step 1: Is the putt is uphill or downhill. Although this sounds like a no-brainer, taking your time to consider this will help with the other two steps. Uphill putts break less than downhill putts. If a putt is uphill you’d play for less break than a flat putt. Downhill putts are the opposite. You account for more break …

Circular putting

No Comments 2 Nov 9:48 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

If you have access to indoor outdoor putting greens this practice drill is easy and fun. A Special Thank you to Phil Mickelson for his Circle Putting Drill:  Using one of your favorite practice putting greens, arrange 10 golf balls in a circle around one hole, each ball placed three feet from the cup.  Most putters are just shy of 3 feet of a shaft length, so your putter is a good guide for measuring the 3 feet. Start your putting, working around each circle. After you’ve made all ten, put down 10 more golf balls in a circle. Continue the game until you’ve …

Five Easy Tips

No Comments 6 Oct 8:33 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Five easy tips to use while putting at your favorite practice putting greens. 1. Think positively, relax. Take the pressure off yourself. The world will not come to and end if you miss a putt. 2. Lighten your grip. Tension and tight muscles limit your ability to feel the stroke. You are less likely to pull or push your putt. 3. Keep your head still. Don’t look up to see if the ball went in.  Keep your focus on the back of the ball. Never look up until after you’ve struck the ball and have finished your follow through. 4. …

Speed and Line

No Comments 1 Oct 8:21 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Putting speed and line – and your practice putting greens :  Speed and line are of essential importance for getting your putt right and will require you to read the green to get it  down every time. The good news is you can practice putting speed and line to get a good feel as to how to accomplish a fine technique. You will need to learn to consistently putt the ball along a line. Then when you’re on the putting green, you will learn to find the line and putt your ball on this line to the hole. You can …