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The articles are arranged under four headings.

In the Putting Blog I have listed any recent updates to the Ezine Articles. 


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    PUTTING

    Putting is often the fine line between success and failure. Outwardly it appears that nothing could be simpler. Inside our head it can become the stuff of nightmares.

    Putting is more than just stroke mechanics. It embraces the intangible areas of touch, feel, mind games and an ability to handle misfortune. 

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    144. Putting Arm-Hang

    To putt consistently you must establish your putting arm-hang at address. In a relaxed setup, your arms hang vertically under gravity without any tension.

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    143. Putting Know-How

    Knowledge is power so does knowing about putting help you to putt better? Can natural ability and instinct alone make you a good putter?

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    142. Putting Tip

    Always an attention grabber, but one size doesn't fit all. There is no substitute for true understanding and purposeful practice.

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    141. Putterface Aiming

    If your putterface is not perpendicular to your target at address, you are starting your stroke at a disadvantage.

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    140. Putting Commandments

    Putting Commandments help you to be upbeat when things are not going well. Controlling your emotions on a bad day means following a set of rules.

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    139. Putting Target

    In Putting you don’t get to look at your target when performing. However, it is essential to have a vivid picture of your target in your mind's eye.

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    138. Simple Putting

    Most golfers generally take too long over their putts thus contributing to slow rounds. The central message with putting is to keep things simple.

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    137. Putting Guesswork

    You will come across the situation that you are unfamiliar with the greens of a particular course. With no experience to draw on, you will have to rely on the basic skills of putting to get by.

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    136. Putting Secret

    Adjusting the position of your hands so that your left wrist is flat can help to improve the consistency of your putting stroke. 

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    135. Grading Your Putting

    Putting can be broadly divided into four components. Each is separate, yet interdependent on the other components. 

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    134. Putting Zones

    Putting Zones are areas of the green that you can reasonably expect the pin to be located. Knowing these zones allows you to map the local fall lines. 

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    133. Chip Putting

    The term Chip Putting is associated with a technique that is used when you are faced with an extra long putt, or when you find your ball on the fringe of the green and putting is not a good option. 

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    132. Putter Aim (Using Charts)

    Your Putter Aim determines the starting line of your putt. How you decide where to aim is based on your aiming preference. Do you see a pathway and entry point to the hole, or do you pick a specific spot as your target?

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    131. Pop Putting

    Pop Putting is a technique where the player gives the ball a short brisk rap instead of using a gentler pendulum-like stroke. It is considered to be more effective for short rather than long putts. 

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    130. Putting Grips

    Putting Grips vary. Some golfers prefer a reverse-overlap grip while others a left-hand low grip. Each has merit. Why not use both during your round for different putts? It is not such a daft idea. 

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    129. Putter Length

    Putter Length is not a given. You will find that the standard off-the-rack putters are typically too long, and then there is the question of whether you will putt better with a belly or long putter. 

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    128. Putting Follow-Through

    Your Putting Follow-Through forms an important part of your putting stroke. Your left wrist is a hinge, and if it hinges coming into the ball, you could undo all the previous good work of reading the putt and aiming your putterface. 

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    127. Putting Anxiety

    Putting Anxiety is a state of nervousness that every golfer has to deal with in order to succeed. It typically interferes with your performance when it is coupled with self-consciousness. 

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    126. Slow Greens

    Slow Greens are not to everyone's liking. Yet fast greens can often result in more three putts a round. You can't avoid them if you want to play regularly, so knuckle down and putt. 

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    125. Putting Puzzle

    A Putting Puzzle is the riddle you have to solve every time you putt. Because greens are sloped for the water to run off, most putts have some break to them. 

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    124. Putter Pushback

    Putter Pushback is a memory aid to remind myself that the best way to start the backstroke in putting is to eliminate any independent hand movement. 

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    123. One-Handed Putting

    One-Handed Putting is a popular putting drill. But if you had to putt with only one hand, which hand would you choose? This is not a trick question, but one that goes to the heart of your putting stroke. 

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    122. Putting Compensation

    A Putting Compensation occurs when you correct one error in your stroke or setup by creating another. This may be a band-aid fix, but it is never a good long-term solution for your putting. 

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    121. Putter Heft

    Putter Heft is a combination of its Feel and its Performance. Specifically how head-heavy your putter feels in your hands and how the placement of its mass affects the timing of its release.

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    120. Arm Putting

    Arm Putting is allowing your arms to swing the putter rather than allowing a deliberate rocking motion of your shoulders to lead your stroke. A shoulder stroke leads to excessive upper body movement. 

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    119. Unconscious Putting

    Unconscious Putting is the title of a book by Dave Stockton. The focus of this book is getting the ball into the hole without worrying about the fundamentals of your stroke.

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    118. Putter Shaft

    The Putter Shaft in your putter will be made of steel. Despite the availability of other materials such as aluminum and graphite, putter manufacturers for the past 80 years have stuck to using steel.

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    117. Putter Hosel

    The Putter Hosel influences the way your putter swings. With some knowledge about the function of the putter hosel, you may be able to narrow down your search for a putter with the best fit for you. 

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    116. Putter Headweight

    The putter headweight is important to the feel of your putter. It can lead to your putter feeling too head heavy, too light, or just right. But is there a standard to guide your choice of putter? 

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    115. MOI

    MOI is an acronym for Moment of Inertia. It is the techno-talk manufacturers use to promote their putters. In simple terms the moment of inertia is the measure of a putter's resistance to twisting on off-center hits.

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    114. Putter Loft

    Putter Loft is one of the five variables in putter fitting, the others being length, lie angle, moment of inertia, and head or swingweight. The suggested standard for loft is somewhere between two and four degrees. 

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    113. Putter Hype

    Putter Hype and the scientific explanations that support it lead you to believe that your success is all to do with the putter you use. That this is nonsense gets lost in the emotional pull to buy. 

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    112. Putting Fatigue

    Putting Fatigue - does such a condition exist? Fatigue itself is caused by physical and mental exertion without enough time to rest and recover. Can fatigue really affect your putting? 

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    111. Left Wrist

    Your Left Wrist plays a key role not only in your putting, but in your whole golf game. I was reminded of this by a recent remark I heard from a commentator on the European Tour at the Irish Open. He spoke of the importance of letting your left wrist take the hit in your putting stroke.

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    110. Putting Contradiction

    A Putting Contradiction that afflicts golfers, both pros and amateurs, is that the harder they try, the worse their putting gets. They get so focused on the outcome of each putt that they invariably mess up. 

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    109. Putting Error

    A Putting Error that is common and easy to spot in others is also a difficult habit to curb. Why this is so, can be anyone's guess. However, here is my take on why it is so prevalent among amateurs.

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    108. Putting Equation

    The Putting Equation is made up of two parts A and B. A is the mechanical side of the equation, and B is the part to do with judgement and feel. One part is more robotic, the other is more flair.

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    107. Wrist Rotation

    Wrist Rotation ruins many a putt. As soon as you rotate your wrists, even a small amount, you change the alignment of your putterface. It is easy to do if you start your takeaway with your hands. 

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    106. Putterface Alignment

    Putterface Alignment is the bugbear of every golfer. It is not easy from a side-on position. Golfers know it and have resorted to using a line on their ball to align more accurately to their target.

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    105. Sloping Greens

    Sloping greens are necessary to maintain the health of the grass as they allow the water to drain away. For the golfer they add to the challenge of putting. Each green has its own personality, and it is up to you to be able to read its characteristics.

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    104. Putting Dwell Time

    Your Putting Dwell Time adds to the total time you take over a putt. The more you peer at the ball and the target before actually putting, the less likely you are to make a good stroke.

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    103. Practice Strokes

    Practice Strokes are carried out by golfers mostly out of force of habit. Often they are merely vague swishes with the putter, rather than precise reproductions of the intended putt. 

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    102. Pure Greens

    Every year at the US Masters TV viewers can see how a golf ball rolls on pure greens and how the speed of the ball at the hole is critical to the outcome of each putt. Benefit from the free lesson.

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    101. Choosing a Grip

    Choosing a grip for putting is not to be taken lightly without any thought. Don't under-estimate its importance. So what is your grip, and have you thought about why you grip your putter this way? 

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    100. Switching Putters

    Switching putters is a habit that can harm your putting since it gets you to focus on the wrong thing. Where golfers make the classic mistake is to associate a make (model) of putter with the ability to putt. 

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    99. Putting Reality

    The notion of 'Seeing is Believing' can sometimes lead you astray. You may believe something you have seen, but your eyes can deceive you. For example, there is ample evidence that our sight is not that reliable, none more so in golf when aiming our putterface. 

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    98. Putting by Feel

    Putting by Feel alone is based on the idea that everyone has the innate ability to perform certain basic motor skills. So is there any need to teach someone something that they already know? 

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    97. Putting Mind Games

    Putting Mind Games are different ways to help you block unwanted thoughts on the green. Allow fear and anxiety to creep in and your mind will make the physical side of holing a putt an impossibility. 

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    96. Holographic Putting

    Holographic Putting as a concept is borrowed from the book Holographic Golf by Larry Miller. Published in 1993, it has the best instruction that I have come across on the golf swing. More importantly, it can also help your putting. 

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    95. Three-Foot Circle

    A Three-Foot Circle around the hole is a bigger target to aim at on long putts than the smaller target of the hole. By long putts, we are talking of putts outside of the 30-foot range. From this distance most golfers would be happy to walk away with two putts. Not everyone agrees. 

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    94. Putting Cross-Over

    A Putting Cross-Over occurs when you move from thinking about a putt to when you putt without thought. The separation highlights that you can think, and you can putt, but you can't think and putt.

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    93. Empty Mind

    An empty mind is the ideal state to have when you are faced with a pressure putt. However, the ability to clear negative thoughts from entering into our consciousness is entirely another matter. Most of us are not very good at it. 

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    92. Putting Path

    Visualising a putting path instead of a line makes good sense as a path is thought of as being WIDER than a line. In your mind the task of rolling your ball along a broad path will simplify your putt.

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    91. Straight Putts

    Straight Putts are not the easiest of putts as golfers have a tendency to pull or push their putts. In fact the ability to hit your ball end over end in a straight line is a skill that you must learn.

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    90. Putting Excuses

    Putting Excuses are a convenient way of explaining away a poor putting round. Self-deception may ease your disappointment, but the truth is that any failure is invariably down to your lack of skill. 

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    89. Excellent Putting

    Excellent Putting is not about holing every makeable putt. That would be unrealistic. It is about keeping the percentages in your favour. You should strive for excellence, but never expect perfection. 

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    88. Downhill Putts

    Downhill Putts are the putts most deserving of your attention. Of all the putts they are the most difficult to accurately judge both the speed and the break. They lead to many three-putts. 

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    87. Putting Blind

    Putting Blind is possible because you don’t need your sight to stroke a putt. In fact, once you are lined up on the green, sight can interfere with your focus. Outside distractions can catch your eye.

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    86. Better Putting

    Better Putting is what you should aspire to. You won’t get the maximum enjoyment out of your game unless you are willing to practise. It is essential for you to build up a smooth repeating stroke.

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    85. Patchy Conditions

    Patchy Conditions on the greens are part of the challenge of golf. The greens have to be maintained and there will be times when the putting surface is less than ideal for the ball to roll smoothly on line. 

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    84. Ball Speed

    Ball Speed plays an important part in shaping the roll of your ball on the putting surface. You can't control the slope or speed of the green, but you can control how hard or soft you hit your ball.

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    83. Pendulum Stroke

    The pendulum stroke is considered by many to be the most reliable way to execute a putt. However, strictly speaking such a stroke is not a true pendulum as there is no fixed pivot to guide your swing. 

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    82. Putter Butt

    The Putter Butt refers to the top of the shaft. During your stroke it should retain the same relationship to your arms, hands and wrists as established in your setup. But where should it point?

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    81. Aiming Preference

    Your Aiming Preference will dictate if you are more comfortable picking out a specific spot on your target line, or prefer to trust your natural instincts to get your ball rolling on line. 

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    80. Aiming Method Z

    Aiming Method Z is a useful technique when you have a mid to long range breaking putt. It is a popular aiming method of aiming at the Apex of the Break.

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    79. Aiming Method Y

    Aiming Method Y is a technique for breaking putts where you pick an aimpoint to the side of the hole. The idea is to imagine a number of golf balls even with the hole, and then aim for one of them. 

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    78. Aiming Method X

    Aiming Method X is a useful technique for finding the aimpoint for a breaking putt that you have a 50% or better chance of holing. For the average golfer this could be for putts within the six foot.

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    77. Breaking Putts

    Breaking Putts, either left to right or right to left, are more common than straight uphill or downhill putts. The question is whether you should treat each of these putts slightly differently?

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    76. Alignment Aids

    Alignment Aids have taken on a new life with the popularity of mallet putters. With the larger putter head, designers have more space behind the putterface to experiment with different shapes. 

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    75. Putting Confidence

    Confidence, cynically described as the state of mind before you understand the problem, plays an essential part in your ability to putt well under pressure. However, it is better described as a feeling of assurance. 

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    74. Putter Designs

    Modern Putter Designs are more the creation of marketing efforts to outsell competitors than a concerted attempt to engineer a putter that will assist in making putting easier for the average golfer. 

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    73. Shoulders

    Your shoulders play an important role in guiding your putter. Their ball and socket construction allows you to move them in different ways. The question is whether you should rotate them or rotate them in your putting stroke?

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    72. Eye Deception

    Eye deception is a frequent problem in putting. Where you think you are aimed is not where you are actually aimed. A perfect stroke with a flawed aim translates pretty much every time into a missed putt. 

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    71. Putting in Sync

    Putting in sync entails matching your stroke to your posture, and then finding a putter that complements your stroke. The best results comes when there is a perfect match. 

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    70. Putter Choice

    Should your putter choice determine your putting style, or is it the other way around? This is a putting dilemma that every golfer faces - unfortunately getting the answer wrong most of the time. 

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    69. Body Height

    What Body Height should you adopt when over the ball in putting? Should you crouch, stand upright, or find a position somewhere in between?

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    68. Putting Magic

    Putting is a mind game as well as the physical act of propelling your golf ball across the green. However, how you perceive reality will be determined more by competence than by any putting magic.

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    67. Belly Putter

    The Belly Putter has been the salvation for some golfers whose putting has gone south. However, there is still the thought attached to its use that it is a band-aid solution rather than the real deal.

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    66. Right Hand

    What part does your Right Hand play in the putting stroke? If you are right-handed, it is normally your dominant or master hand. It is the hand that does most of the work in everyday tasks. However, in putting should it have a controlling role?

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    65. Split Grip

    A split grip is said to increase the control over your putter and allow you to putt with greater accuracy. It was used as early as the nineteenth century so the idea that it is something new is wrong.

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    64. Cut Stroke

    A Cut Stroke in putting is where the path of your putter travels through the ball from outside the target line to inside the target line. The question is: Why does this matter as long as your putterface is perpendicular to your target line at impact?

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    63. Putting Short

    Putting Short is not only frustrating, it also adds to your score and deprives you of useful information. If you miss long, at least you learn which way your ball will break on the return putt.

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    62. Depth Perception

    Putting is not just about stroke mechanics and technique. Your vision and depth perception play a vital role in seeing slopes on the green, aligning your putterface accurately, and judging distance.

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    61. Arched Wrists

    Arched wrists position the putter shaft so that it is better aligned with your forearms. This helps to remove unwanted wrist action in the form of hinging up and down from your putting stroke.

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    60. Putting Smart

    Putting Smart is all about putting in such a way that everything in your setup and stroke helps rather than hinders your ability to make a good putt. Why make putting more difficult than it is?

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    59. Putting on Plane

    Putting on Plane is the ability to keep your putter on plane up to the moment of impact. At setup you aim your putterface to your target. If your putter subsequently moves off plane in your backstroke, it will be difficult for you to re-square your putterface on your forward stroke. 

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    58. Putter Release

    'Putter Release' is a term that refers to the way a putter swings along a natural inside-to-square-to-inside arc. It derives from the belief that the best putter path moves inside the target line on the backstroke, is square at impact and then returns inside again on the through stroke. 

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    57. Angle of Contact

    The Angle of Contact is the angle at which your putterface contacts the ball at impact in your putting stroke. If the angle on approach is too steep, or too shallow, you will have trouble with both your direction and distance control. 

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    56. Left Elbow

    Your left elbow forms part of the putting triangle that is recommended for the putting stroke. However, within this framework you have a degree of choice as how to manage its position. 

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    55. Putting Comfort

    Putting Comfort at the expense of proper form can trick you into setting up to the ball in such a way that you make it more difficult for yourself to sink your putts consistently. 

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    54. Follow Through

    There is a saying that no golfer has ever looked up from a shot and seen a good one. The same saying can be applied in spades to putting when you look up too soon in your follow through. 

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    53. Eyes Down

    Eyes Down is the usual address setup when you are putting. The question is where exactly should you look? The answer to this question depends on who you listen to. 

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    52. Wrist Angles

    The Wrist Angles that you establish at address are critical to the impact position of your putter during your putting stroke. Change them mid-stroke and you could be in trouble.

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    51. Toeing the Putt

    Toeing the putt is a common suggestion for handling fast downhill putts, or putts that break sharply right-to-left. The question is whether this is a good idea or just a compromised technique? 

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    50. Bladed Wedge

    A Bladed Wedge is a short-game technique that pros often use when their ball has nestled against the collar of the green. It is a smart choice as you have more chance of contacting the ball cleanly.

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    49. Reading the Break

    Reading the Break starts with gauging the speed at which your ball is likely to roll enroute to the hole. Except for straight up and down putts on the Fall Line, all putts break one way or the other. 

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    48. Windy Conditions

    Golf is an outdoor game and windy conditions can play havoc with your putting if you let the wind get the better of you. However, it does not mean you have to putt poorly.

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    47. Fast Greens

    Fast greens are not what every golfer needs, or should ask for, in order to putt better. In fact, the exact opposite is the case as fast greens soon lead to fearful putting.

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    46. Solid Contact

    Solid Contact with the ball is a critical component in distance control on the green. Without it you are going to three-putt too many times for your liking. 

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    45. Putting Decision

    The Putting Decision you must make on every putt is crucial to the outcome. Get it wrong and you could be looking at a three-putt green. Make the right choice and the worst you can do is two-putt. 

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    44. Putting Game

    The Putting Game stands in direct contrast to the rest of your shots from tee to green. Nothing that you learn on the driving range is readily transferable to the putting green.

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    43. Putting Technique

    Golf is a game that lasts a lifetime. However, your Putting Technique will haunt you in your advancing years unless it is based on sound fundamentals. You should therefore act now before it is too late. 

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    42. Putter Acceleration

    Putter Acceleration on the downstroke is essential for accurate distance control. However, this does not mean consciously speeding up your stroke as the putter head approaches the ball.

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    41. Putting Tempo

    Putting Tempo is the total time your putting stroke takes from start to finish. Different golfers have different tempos, but the tempo of most golfers is generally too quick.

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    40. Reverse-Overlap

    The Reverse-Overlap grip has been the recommended putting grip for a long time. Today it is under threat. This is because the best way to hold the putter has become anyone's guess.

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    39. Setup at Address

    A consistent Setup at Address is an important fundamental in putting. It does your putting no good to keep changing the way you stand to the ball. You need to do the same thing every time you putt.

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    38. Judging Distance

    Judging distance is a task that is accomplished largely by sight. However, most of us are not very good at it. While vision is important, it is not the only source of information for judging distance. 

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    37. Emotional Putting

    Emotional Putting is an unhelpful habit whereby we label our putts. As soon as you start to label your putts as anything more than just another putt, you start to put pressure on yourself. 

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    36. Flatsticks

    The choice among flatsticks is a moving target as manufacturers jostle for market share. You need to think hard before you commit to a change. Is it really your putter that is hurting your putting? 

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    35. Speed Putting

    Speed Putting is a technique to free up your putting and turn it more into a reactionary motion. Unfortunately most golfers dwell over their putts too long allowing doubt and tension to creep in.

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    34. New Putter

    Only fools believe that you can buy a better game of golf. You are truly missing the point if you think that a new putter is the only thing that stands between you and greater success on the green.

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    33. Continuous Putting

    Continuous putting is an unofficial rule to speed up play. It doesn't mean rushing your stroke. However, missing a short putt through carelessness will undermine your confidence well after the round is over.

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    32. Better Long Putting

    Better long putting leads to lower scores. This means doing what you can to avoid three-putting in the round. Using your putting stroke with a chipping setup helps when faced with a long putt.

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    31. Putting Stats

    Putting Stats are a curiosity, but often of little practical value to improving your putting. If you don't know if you are putting well or badly without them, you are just not paying attention.

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    30. Mental Image

    A positive Mental Image is a clear picture in your mind's eye of a successful outcome.  For example, on the green you can see your ball tracking to the hole, and then hear it falling in.

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    29. True Roll

    True roll of the golf ball off the putterface is one of several marketing promises made to golfers hoping to buy a better putting game. In reality, putter design using the latest anti-skid groove technology plays only a small part in achieving the promise of true or pure roll.

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    28. Making the Putt

    Making the Putt compared to Holing the Putt may just seem like a play on words, but it is not. It is a completely different mind-set. It is an attitude that will keep your emotions in balance.

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    27. Balance

    Many golfers don't realise how much their body moves when putting. This swaying movement unsettles their balance and causes their centre of gravity to shift about during their putting stroke.

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    26. Left Shoulder

    The objective on every putt is to strike the ball when your putterface is perpendicular to your aimline. This will be difficult to do if you allow your left shoulder to rotate backwards during the downstroke and a little beyond.

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    25. Anatomy

    Your anatomy attests to the fact that you were born to move. However, to putt well you need to be still. Unnecessary movement during your putting stroke is a killer of consistency.

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    24. Swearing

    Swearing and cussing intrudes on our everyday life. We hear bad language everywhere and, heaven forbid, even on the golf course. But can swearing and cussing help to improve your putting? 

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    23. Line on Ball

    Many golfers use the line on ball technique to aim when putting. They assume that because they are aiming from behind, their aim is accurate. Unfortunately this is often an illusion of accuracy.

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    22. Clock Drill

    The Clock Drill is an excellent way to practise short putts while learning how to read the break of a putt. As you move around the clock, you will see that your ball breaks in different directions.

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    21. Putt Straight

    To putt well you must be able to putt straight. If you can't hit your ball in a straight line over a short distance on a true and level surface, you will have difficulty in becoming a good putter.

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    20. Sticking Your Tongue Out

    Sticking your tongue out when putting makes more sense than you would think. If you watch closely the faces of professionals when they are concentrating, you will see a number of them stick their tongue out to the side of their mouth. 

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    19. Right Elbow

    Your right elbow may be more important in putting than you think. Your right elbow can anchor your backstroke in much the same way as affixing the butt of your putter against your body.

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    18. Breathing in Putting

    Breathing is not something that you have to think about in everyday life. It is an automatic body function. However, breathing can be controlled consciously.

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    17. Width of Stance

    Is the width of stance in putting immaterial? If you were asked for your opinion on how to set up your feet what would be your recommendation?

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    16. Forward Press

    A forward press is a technique that some golfers use to initiate their putting stroke. The question is whether this technique is a good or bad habit.

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    15. Putt like the Pros

    Putt like the Pros is Dave Pelz's first book on putting published in 1989. How realistic is the book's title? Certainly putting does not require great athleticism. It is not a test of strength.

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    14. Reference Putt

    The Reference Putt allows you to evaluate the green speed prior to your round. Its purpose is to give you an internal gauge as to how hard you have to hit a putt to travel a certain distance.

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    13. The 17-Inch Rule

    Ever since Dave Pelz recommended that 17 inches past the hole was the 'magic number' for good touch, golfers have followed his advice without much questioning.

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    12. Straight Putt

    'Every putt is a straight putt'. This statement seems as incredulous as the assertion by The Flat Earth Society that the world is flat. To the golfer, putter in hand, with a green shaped like an upturn saucer the putt looks anything but straight.

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    11. Putting Gap

    A small putting gap between your ball and your putterface can make a big difference to how well you putt. Because you position your ball forward of where your putter contacts the ground, you could snag your grounded putter during your take-away.

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    10. Ability to See

    'Your ability to see can harm your putting' seems a contradiction when you consider that golf is such a visual game. But there are times when our vision works against our best interests.

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    9. Mismatched Putting Stroke

    Is a mismatched putting stroke detrimental to your putting? How important is it that the length of your backstroke matches the length of your forward stroke?

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    8. Optimum Ball Position

    The Optimum Ball Position in a putting stance should be a simple matter, yet an inch or two divides opinion.

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    7. Aim

    The ability to aim your putter accurately is a critical skill if you want to make more putts. Unfortunately our eyes often deceive us and our aim is either off to the right or left.

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    6. Left Hand

    Your left hand is more important than your right hand. It is the hand you should always place on your putter first. Your right hand should help and support your left hand – it should never control it.

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    5. Body Motion

    Unnecessary body motion is a common fault in putting. The more you move about during your stroke, the more you will reduce your chances of holing the putt.

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    4. Balanced Ball

    Should you always play with a balanced ball in order to putt better? If you believe the claims made by the advocates of ball balancing, then the answer is a definite Yes.

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    3. Golf Ball

    When choosing your golf ball, it is not so much which ball you play, but the importance of playing the same make and model throughout the round.

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    2. Big Grip

    Fitting a big grip to your putter is a quick way to improve your putting without taking a lesson.

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    1. Laughter

    Laughter is a human emotion than we don't use enough in golf. We get mad at ourselves when we miss a short putt or duff an iron when the best remedy is to laugh at our mistakes.

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    RULES/ETIQUETTE AROUND GREEN

    It is important for you to know the Rules of Golf in order to avoid unnecessary penalties and to exercise your rights. A number of the Rules and Decisions deal with situations that arise when you are on or around the green.

    Etiquette in Section 1 of Rule Book provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played.


    6. Putting Bad Habits

    We may not be capable of great golf, but we can always set a good example as far as the Etiquette of the game is concerned. Are you guilty of these bad habits?

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    5. Putting Through-Line

    The Putting Through-Line is as important as the actual line of the putt. It is the extension of a line beyond the hole. For example, should your first putt miss the hole and travels a few feet past, your return putt will be on the through-line.

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    4. Putting Green Damage

    Putting Green damage refers to any imperfection on the putting surface that can interfere with the true roll of your ball. There are many causes for these irregularities, and you have a duty of care to other competitors to make good any damage you may have caused. 

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    3. Rule 18 - Ball at Rest Moved

    Rule 18 – Ball at Rest Moved is a rule you need to place close attention to when on the putting green. A ball is deemed to have moved if it leaves its position and comes to rest in another place. 

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    2. Rules of Golf

    The Rules of Golf are there to protect the integrity of the game. Many golfers break the rules because they have never learned them. Others simply choose to ignore them. 

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    1. Etiquette on Green

    Etiquette is important in the game of golf as the sport relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules.

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    PUTTING HISTORY

    We tend to think of the game of golf, putting included, as it is played today as how it always was. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The game has become easier, and continues on this road, as the playing fields improve along with the technology of clubs and balls.


    2. Putter Shapes

    Putter shapes distinguish one category of putter from another. In broad terms you have a choice of three shapes. Everything else in the world of putter manufacture is pretty much a variation on a theme.

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    1. Putting Stature

    Like mankind the game of golf has evolved. The aim of the game may be the same, but the means of achieving it have changed over time. Our Putting Stature, or body height when putting, has changed. Today's golfers stand more upright than golfers from earlier decades.

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