Draining Breaking Downhill Putts

1) Draining Breaking Downhill Putts

Has this ever happened to you: You blew past the pin on a breaking downhill putt on one hole, then on the next breaking downhill putt, you leave it short. That’s because you probably were focusing on the hole, which can get you in trouble. Breaking downhill putts can intimidate you. But they don’t have to.

You can conquer them if you make a slight re-adjustment in your thinking and make some adjustments. Below are six keys to sinking slick downhill putts:

1. Forget about the hole

2. Read the slope carefully

3. Try envisioning the break

4. Identify the speed spot

5. Make a commitment

6. Use a nice rhythmic stroke The key to draining slick downhill putts that break is to forget about the hole.

Aiming for it increases your chances of blowing past the hole. Instead follow these steps: Start by walking halfway between the ball and the hole to get a sense of the green’s slope. Try envisioning how the ball will behave. Where it will break? How far will you need to hit the ball before the slope can carry it the rest of the way?

Once you’re determined how the ball will behave, identify your “speed spot,” the spot you need to reach before the slope will carry the ball the rest of the way. Think of that spot as the hole. If you’ve determined that this putt will break, move your spot to the side to allow for how you think the putt will curve. Also, make a mental commitment to the spot. Don’t waffle. If you do, you have no chance of sinking the putt.

Having made a commitment, make your putt to the spot and let the slope do the rest. Use a rhythmic, pendulum-like stroke. Don’t let breaking downhill putts scare you. Walk the target line, identify the speed spot, move it to the side for the break, commit to the shot, and make a nice easy stroke.Do that and you’ll either sink the putt or leave close.

2) Gas Up Your Swings

There’s nothing wrong with sacrificing distance for accuracy. It’s better to be in the fairway with a 250-yard drive, than the woods with a 265-yard drive. But sacrificing too much distance off the tee can cost you—especially when you’re playing a very long hole. To generate 10 to 15 extra yards off the tee, you must focus on three areas of your swing.

Fine-tuning the areas increases clubhead speed. Here are three tips to help generate more clubhead speed:

1. Turn your back

2. Soften your wrists

3. Rotate your hips Three easy moves give your drives more oomph.

First, turn your back to the target. How do you know when you’ve made a complete turn? When you feel your left (right for left-handers) shoulder turn underneath your chin and your back directly at the target, you’ve made a complete turn. Second, soften your wrists. Weekend golfers often stiffen their wrists during their downswing, sapping power from their swings. Instead, let your wrists go soft.

This increases clubhead lag. The longer your hands lag the clubhead, the more speed you generate at the bottom of your swing when you release the club. Third, turn your hips fast. As you approach impact, make sure your turning your hips to the left strongly.

This move in combination with soft wrists allows your left arm to lead the clubhead into the ball. This is a key power move. Do it correctly and the clubhead whips threw the impact zone at high speed. You can sacrifice a little distance for more accuracy. But be careful. You don’t want to sacrifice too much. It can hurt you on long holes.

Instead, focus on executing the three tips describe above and you’ll add yardage to your drives without forfeiting accuracy. 3) Question of the Week – Cutting Fairway Bunkers Down To Size Q. Hi, Jack. Brilliant website. Magnificent tips. One area of the game I struggle with is playing irons out of fairway bunkers.

I tend to take too much sand and only get 10 to 20 meters on the shot. I’d really appreciate any tips on how to hit short, mid, and long irons in the bunker. Thanks, Paul P. Dublin, Ireland A. Thanks, Paul. The keys to iron play from a fairway bunker are minimizing the use of your lower body and picking the ball cleanly from the sand.

Recreational golfers tend to drive down on the ball, like their hitting a normal iron. This lowers their centers of gravity, which in turn cause you to hit behind the ball and take so much sand on the shot.

To avoid this, make the following adjustments:

* Stand a little taller at address

* Move closer to the ball

* Dig your feet into the ground

* Choke down on the club,

* Play the ball toward middle

Also, don’t try to take a big divot.

Instead, pick the ball cleanly from the sand using your arms, leaving little or no divot. In addition, use a half to a full club more than normal from that distance and stay within yourself. Don’t try to do too much with your swing. Hitting the ball in the fairway or anywhere on the green beats being in the bunker.

Try this drill to master this shot. Go to a fairway bunker and drop several balls in the dirt. Address a ball. Get a friend to hold a club butt under your chin. When you start your downswing, he or she removes the club. Continue your swing. Try hitting the ball 10 to 20 yards at first. Extend the distance until you’re hitting the ball on the green.

Holding the butt under your chin:

(1) forces you to stand tall at address,

(2) straightens the spine angle, and

(3) helps quiet your lower body.

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