Short Putts…Barney Beard Golf

Before each round of golf, spend at least five minutes practicing short putts, really short putts.

Being able to make short putts is the single most important part of the golfer’s game. On the scorecard, a two foot putt counts the same as a two hundred yard drive.

Here’s a review of the set up for short putts:

  1. The shorter the putter, the better. Grip the bottom of the handle with your bottom fingers on the shaft of your putter.
  2. You want a stable-table. Your lower body must be firmly attached to the ground. To achieve this, put 95% of your weight on your heels. This will anchor your lower body to the ground.
  3. There is no weight shift in putting.
  4. Bend your knees.
  5. Stand close to ball, the closer the better.
  6. Try to have your EYES directly above the ball.
  7. Maintain a steady head. During the putting stroke the head should not move left or right or up and down.
  8. The wrists should hardly move during the stroke. Don’t flip at the ball by using your wrists.
  9. The stroke should be made by gently rocking the shoulders. (left hand low helps to limit wrist movement)
  10. The backswing should be short, as short as you can make it without stabbing at the ball.

Here’s the drill to help you learn to make more short putts:

  1. Take four balls and your putter to the practice green.
  2. Find a hole that is flat with no break.
  3. Place a ball no more than 10 inches from the hole.
  4. Leave the little flagstick in.
  5. Hit the putt and try to make your golf ball hit the little flagstick dead center.
  6. When you can make eight putts in a row, hitting the flagstick dead center, then go to 11 inches from the cup and repeat. You get the point.

You may think this a silly little drill, but it teaches the golfer important things about short putts.

It will teach you to find/see the center of the hole from short distances and give you a great deal of confidence when you have a 2 or 3 foot putt during your round.

When you can make eight putts in a row from 18 inches you’ll be the best putter on your block.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I’ve been collecting useful golf instructional books for my students or anyone. I keep them in my truck. If you are interested in any of the following titles come by the range and purchase any  for $2.00. All books are used and in good to excellent condition. Some appear to have never been read.  Here’s the list: Golf Begins at 50 by: Gary Player, Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographers Scrapbook, David Ledbetter’s Positive Practice, Dave Peltz Short Game Bible, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Little Red Book by: Harvey Penick, From the Fairway by: Michael Hobbs, Trouble Shooting by: Michael Hobbs, For All Who Love the Game by: Harvey Penick, And if You Play Golf You’re My Friend by: Harvey Penick, Are you Kidding Me? Rocco Mediate,

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver from FAPA  and the Elit bronze.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2020 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

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