How to Putt Using the Simple Pendulum Action
How to Putt Using the Simple Pendulum Action
When trying to learn how to putt in golf it should be one of the easiest things to master because it is such a simple action. It becomes difficult because there are so many different putting styles, and each of them can work depending on the individual. The ability to putt properly requires some technique, but of even greater importance is the mental aspect of putting the golf ball. In this article we will talk about the pendulum action for putting, as for many people it will be their most consistent putting stroke.
Learning how to putt is just like any other aspect of golf; it requires a basic knowledge that goes into a good putting stroke and then the ability to carry it out on a consistent basis. And in order to be consistent with it requires more of an analytical mind and less of an emotional one. Having the right putter in your hands for your particular putting stroke is the best way to start, and we will cover that in another piece.
The Pendulum Action Gives You Consistency
The major advantage of the pendulum putting stroke, if done properly, is that the putting face always remains squared to the ball. One of the major problems with most golfers is to bring the putter back to far in the back swing. In doing so the putter loses that square-to-square dynamic, and when that occurs the putter upon ball contact can be open or close, creating a push or pull.
A shorter back stroke will not only make it easier for the putting face to be square to the ball through contact, but also will almost require you to accelerate through the putt. This invariably will bring about better ball control. You may relate putting in golf to driving a car. If the driver of a car accelerates around a turn, he will have better control of the car than if he approaches the turn fast and then attempts to slow through the turn. His same principle applies with accelerating through the ball.
The objective of the putting stroke should always be to take the left-right variable out of the equation, and the pendulum stroke gives us the best chance to do that. If the putter is never taken back past the point where it must begin to open, and never ends past the point in the stroke where it begins to close, keeping the ball on line should be a given, and the only variables will be reading the line the ball should travel over and proper ball speed.
Once the mechanics of the golf putt are achieved on a consistent basis, the mental aspects take over. So the last point I would like to share in discussing the art of putting is develop a rhythm to your putting, using the same routine to read your putt, set up, and stroke the ball. Your time to do all those things should be similar from putt to putt.
The Mental Variables in Putting
Once the mechanics of the golf putt are achieved on a consistent basis, the mental aspects take over. A few that I will briefly talk about are:
- Don’t clutter your mind with how much the putt will break while over your putt. When reading your putt, decide the amount of break and then fix your attention on where the point is on the where you want to putt your ball. In other words, if you expect the ball to break six inches, your focus should be six inches above the hole, and forget completely about the hole while putting.
- Upon deciding where that point is, line it up with something on the green six inches to one foot in front of the ball. It should be anything on the green you will be able to distinguish when over the putt.
- Using that point on the green directly in front of your ball as the target, putt directly over it and let the ball do the work. The only thing you can do at that point is give it an accurate stroke with the proper distance.
One last point I would like to share in discussing the art of putting is develop a rhythm to your putting, using the same routine to read your putt, set up, and stroke the ball. Your time to do all those things should be similar from putt to putt. Read more about all aspects of the short game at www.http://golfshortgames.com/.
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