3 Golf Tips On How To Improve Your Long-Distance Putting Technique
Long putts are liable to make you hang your head in despondency. It’s one of the most difficult plays to make in golf and these shots often end up frustrating even the best of us. But don’t let that stop you from learning. Here are some tips on how to improve your putting despite how difficult it can be.
Aim for closeness rather than a bull’s-eye
The chances of you hitting the perfect long distance putt every time is quite slim. Instead of seeing your long distance putt as an “I must sink the ball on this shot” moment, rather see it as a strategic opportunity.
You can try too hard to sink the ball and end up with it too far from the hole to make a decent shot on your next turn. On the other hand, you could try to get the ball reasonably close to the hole and have the assurance that the next putt will be the winner. The truth is you’re more likely to sink the ball by trying to get it close than you are by overshooting your target. The choice is yours.
When it comes to putting, forget everything you’ve been told about gripping techniques. Putting is relative to the person playing and you should always let comfort trump technique. Even consider switching up your grip for different situations and developing a tailor-made gripping technique for yourself. The more comfortable you feel while putting, the better you will end up doing.
Eyes on the ball
If ever you were to keep your head down during a shot, it’s when you’re performing a long distance putting shot. Pulling your head up—even if it is at the very last second—will cause you to lose your concentration and mess up your aim. That just won’t do since aiming is just about everything in putting. Therefore, keep that head down at all times and even get into the habit of keeping it down for at least a second after your shot is finished.
Bonus fourth tip!
Remember to compensate for undulating terrain when making a long distance putt. This comes with lots of practice but before you know it, steering your ball accordingly will just come naturally. You’ll soon get the knack of putting out less power on down hills, more on up hills, and compensating your aim when terrain angles to the left or to the right.