🥇 Tips Drills and Instructions to Improve Your Golf Putting

improve your golf putting skills

We are going to explain the 5 most common putting grips and the 4 fundamentals skills that you need to improve your golf putting and to make more putts on the green! These putting tips and techniques, are useful for beginners, intermediate as well as better players.

Now we are going to do is write about what we call the full skills of putting, explain to what they are, show you really simple why and how you can monitor or test each of the skills. We want to think that following this article, you will be able to assess your putting a little bit more accurately. When you get a chance to practice, you’ll be able to train specific parts of you putting, that needs some work. Hopefully this article will make more sense as we progress through.  Let’s go through the tips and skills of putting.

6 Steps to improve your golf putting

  1. Find a putting style that suits you.
  2. Find putter that suits your style and the speed of the green.
  3. Practice your ability to hit the ball in the middle of the club. We call that a strike
  4. Improve your ability to control the pace. Get the ball to travel on the green, to the correct distance.
  5. Develop your ability to read the green. You have to judge the slopes and the breaks that are on the green.
  6. Practice on your ability to start the ball on your intended line.

List Of Contents

5 most common Golf Putting Grips

We will show you our top 5 putting grip techniques, used by the best putters in the world and hopefully it can help improve your putting.  

We highlight 5 different types of putting grips. They are Reverse Overlap, Left Hand Low, he Pencil Grip, The Prayer and the Armlock Grip.

There is lots of putting grip variations. We are all different, we all got different putting grips and we got to find something that generally feels good. A grip that performs well, that knock the ball in the hole, most of the time. We will go through 5 grips that are most popular. These 5 grips can be used by high handicappers as well as low handicappers!

Reverse Overlap Putting Grip

Reverse Overlap Putting Grip

Reverse overlap is the grip that we have been taught, when the first started playing golf. So obviously in golf we have the overlap grip, the reverse overlapping is literally when we reverse the fingers. Index Finger on the Lead Hand Down the Club. And we might get the index finger on the lead hand and put it a little bit further down the handle. There are all sort of theories on why this is maybe not always the best grip but if you look at the best putters in the world, they generally they use the reverse overlap grip. Some of the best players like Tiger Woods and Jason Day uses this grip.

Lets take a look at the putter head design, that suits this grip. A putter like Taylormade spider-ex has got a toe-hang to it, so that makes sure that the putter wants to release a little bit more on the way through, which suits well with the reverse overlap. And the reason we do overlap, which generally is to stop that release being too excessive. But it still allows for a release on the way through. The style suits someone who’s got a toe-hang putter and like to have more of an arcing stroke. 

Lead Hand Low Putting Grip

Lead left Hand Low Putting Grip

The next putting grip is lead hand low or left hand low(right handers). So, 2 notable pros are Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk, as far as we know they pretty much did it from the beginning. And Guy Player was asked the question, what’s the one thing that you would change if you have the chance of starting again, what would you change? He said he would go left hand low right. So basically lead hand goes below the right hand. Now the reason that a lot of golfers like this is because it does get the shoulders more level, which a lot of golfers would like a lot of putting coaches perhaps like, when we talk about pure pendulum. Left Hand Lead. But it also allows you to have more of a lead with the lead hand.  

Less Release and Less Face Rotation: So the left hand is leading the stroke so probably means is going to be a little bit less release off the putter, but doesn’t mean there won’t be any, but means going to a little bit less release. People might feel you can control the putter a little bit more when they do this.

Face balance putter – Encourages a squarer face and suited to a squarer stroke: This style of grip suit somebody you prefers a face balanced putter, with straight back straight through sort of strike a face balanced will help produce.

The Pencil Putting Grip

The Pencil Putting Grip

Next one is the pencil putting grip. Now this is again for a face balanced putter and again very much a lead wrist, laid hands, pulling action as opposed to a pushing action from the trial hand.  Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose use this kind of putting style.

You can see why because the right hand, in our case is really not doing a great deal at  all. So this is for someone who perhaps doesn’t like missing it to the left or manipulating the putter too much. So again, maybe this is for someone who was pretty good with the reverse overlap grip and then decided to change because they didn’t become as good a putter.

It really take the right hand out of the stroke. If somebody you tends to miss this left and feel the right hand is being a little too active, sort of getting the index finger running down the shaft and the thumb underneath, sort of takes that away.

The Prayer Putting Grip

The Prayer Putting Grip

The next is the prayer putting grip. We put our hands together then everything becomes very symmetrical. So, the shoulders a level, the wrist are level, the elbows level and everything has more chance of being of working this pendulum. Henrik Stenson using at the moment. Again favour the face balanced putter but you can have something with a slight toe-hang. So basically you want the palms facing each other now, you can actually have it so that you have very little pressure or you can insulate behind and then maybe have the index finger going down that, but again this is something that works really well for people, if they really struggling. Because it just put all the emphasis into the shoulders and the hands usually just work as a one single unit. 

It takes out the want to use just one hand more than the other. It just balances your hands shoulder and the body. It may feel strange at the start, but again we want to showcase these, for you to find out which one feels good and which actually get ball rolling nicely.  

The Armlock Golf Putting Grip

The Armlock Golf Putting Grip

Fifth and final one is the armlock putting grip. Its probably not the most common, but it’s a good option as well.

If you are struggling to find a grip that’s fits you. Basically, the theory behind it is, whether it’s a shorter putt or a longer putt, is that you get the putter running up the lead arm. So, you’ve pretty much running up the lead arm. This is obviously a predominant lead stroke, it’s all about that left hand and leading the strike from there. Locking that arm. Locking in and very much a face-balanced putter is good for this. Generally, use a face-balanced putter. It can feel a little strange but its better off with a slightly longer putter as well, so you can maintain some sort of posture. It is actually quite effective in what it can do.

Master your putting stroke in practice

To master your putting stroke you need lots of drills and practices. There is no right way or wrong way, you just try out a bunch of different grips and putters, on faster as well as slower greens. You may try 2 different style of grips, depending on how fast or slow the greens are. Personally, I prefer a left-hand low grip with a face-balanced putter on slower greens. And on faster greens, I may try revere overlap, using a blade putter. I get better distance control or “feel” for distance in that way. Just test and figure out which works for you. Have fun!

4 fundamentals of Golf Putting

1. Practice your Ball Strike - For Better Golf Putting Roll

golf putting Strike drills

For better golf putting roll, you need to practice your ball strike. So, striking the ball at the middle putter is key. This is a really simple test that you can do to ensure that you are striking the ball in the middle. You place two tee pegs just slightly wider than your putter head. You can make this as easy or hard as you want by moving the tee bit further away or closer. Probably not a bad idea to start with the tee fairly wider, than just getting a little bit narrower. So, the idea really is, can you take your setup, hit a putt and miss the tee pegs.

You really want to practice this, until you feel fairly comfortable that you can consistently miss these tee pegs. You may well be surprised how many of you actually find it difficult to hit the middle the putter, but this lesson is a great way you can train strike. If you can hit the ball in the middle, we get more efficiency in the direction, get a true role and the ball will travel the same distance every time.

2. Practice your Golf Putting Pace or Distance control

Golf Putting distance control

Practising pace or distance control with the ball, is key to Putting. Now, distance control is probably one of the easiest to monitor. Because you are normally going target the hole and you have an idea about how fast you want that ball to roll into the hole. And therefore, can judge whether that ball had too much pace or too little pace. Just an example, you can place a tea peg around about 5 feet past the hole, just to give yourself another target. So, if you were working on your pace, you might putt to the hole, and see if you can judge that correctly. You can also change your target and putt to the tee peg, which is past the hole. These are great little exercises, just to see how good you are at controlling pace. You may find that there is a pattern, either you are too long or too short. Make a note of that pattern because that’s going to be really the key. When you’re practicing, work on the distance control skills that you need to develop.

3. Start Your Putts On-line - Correct Golf Putting Aim

Correct Golf Putting Aim

For better golf putting aim you need to start your putts on-line. You need to learn how to putt straight. So, let’s say for arguments sake, we have read the green, know the breaks of the putt. You need to start the ball on your intended line.  It’s no good reading the puts correctly and then you are unable to start it on the correct line. So, putting gate is a fantastic tool for working on starting line. You can place it probably, about a foot in front of your golf ball. The idea is very simple. Can you can get the ball to travel through that gate?  The gate is difficult at the beginning, as itis relatively small.  If you don’t have a putting gate, then you can just use two tee pegs. You can make it more easy or difficult, just by adjusting how far or how close those tee pegs are. Putting gate is going to enable you to establish whether you can consistently start that ball on-line. Again, you may well notice a pattern that you always miss the putts on the right or you may all always miss it on the left. These are great insights that you can work on!

4. Practice Your golf putting Green reading

golf putting Green reading

Practice your green reading is important for putting. Green reading can be a little bit trickier.  To monitor and establish whether you are good at this or not, we are also going to use this putting gate as well. Lets say we are reading a putt on the green. So, you think it’s going to probably move about six inches from the right-hand side. So, in practice, we would like you to do is that, you read the putt. Establish what break you think it is and then use the putting gate, set it up on the start line that you’ve chosen. You have chosen your line and putt the ball on that line. You can hit the ball exactly through the gate, which tells you, that the ball started on the line. But you can see where the ball finished, that the line that you chose was incorrect. So that tells you that it wasn’t the poor stroke. You didn’t miss-strike it, wasn’t that you pushed it, but you started on the line that you chose. Instead the line that you chose was incorrect.

So, putting gate can be good for two things. It can really help you with your start line. It can also then help you establish, whether your green reading is correct or poor. Again, like the others, you might find tendencies to over-read the putts or under-read the putts. So, when you trying to develop putting, to perform better on the golf course, we really need to establish which of these 4 skills that you are good at and which they need more practice.

Identify Specific Weakness on the putting Green and Work on it!

These little putting stroke tips that we have used above, is how you’re going to establish, whether you good or bad at certain skills. So, you may know for example that, your strike is generally pretty good and you are pretty good at starting the ball on your intended line BUT your pace could be the weakest part of your putting. And your green reading is a be a little bit poor as well. This information will help you to focus on your weaknesses. When you get chance to practice, you know exactly what you are going to practice. In the above example, you are going to practice pace and practice green reading skills. You can do drills, which are specific to those skills.

Putting as a whole is not a skill. There are skills within putting, we need to monitor. We need to track those and practice those because, it may well be that you think it’s the green reading that’s wrong, but it may will be that you just can’t start the ball online. It may well be that your strike is poor, that is causing the ball to come off, with the wrong speed. So, practice these 4 skills and test yourself on the putting green.  Monitor those 4 skills and find what you’re good at and what you are not good. It will be interesting to see whether you’ll find any interesting trends or patterns. Couple of tee pegs, putting gates, hole, putting green and a putter. That’s all you need you can do some real good efficient work on your putting. And really get to the nitty gritty of why you are not holing as many putts as you’d like to, when you are out in the golf course.

F&Q Golf putting tutorials

Do you need to take your gloves off while putting?

No, you don’t need to. The professional golf players take off their gloves before putting, to improve the “feel” for the putter head. So that they can judge the distance to the hole perfectly.

How does Tiger grip his putter?

Woods uses reverse overlap grip. He got his left forefinger placed across the fingers of the right hand, which helps his hands to work as one unit.

How does Rory McIlroy grip his putter?

Rory McIlroy has tried different types of putting grip, from reverse overlapping to lead hand low grip. At the moment he is using the reverse overlapping grip.

How can I improve golf putting at home?

It’s ideal to practice putting at home during the long, cold winter months when you can’t get out to play or on rainy days. You can practice on carpet or purchase an inexpensive putting mat, to better simulate the feel, control and speed of an actual putting green. Try working on the distance Control, aim and Stance.

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