Three Drills and Tips on Putting from Over 4 Feet

An astonishing 43% of all strokes in your golf game occur on the green. Here are three tips on putting, as well as drills to help you master the majority ofTips on Putting will help you lower your score your game.

Reading the Green

The break of the green and the grain of the grass is one of the most important things to consider, since the slope of the green and the direction the game grows can affect the roll of the ball.

From 3 feet behind the ball, crouch down and look toward the hole. This will give you a general idea of the left/right slope and the direction the ball will break. Walk around to the backside of the hole and look at the same line. One tip to check the grain of the grass, look to see if the grass looks shiny or dull. If it’s shiny, the grain grows with you and the ball will roll faster, if it’s dull, it’s growing against you, which will slow down the putt. Sometimes, the grain will appear to grow across the grain of your line. In this case, be careful; it could case your ball to drift slightly toward the direction of the grain as it slows.

A great drill for reading greens is to place a ball three feet from the hole. Try to sink the put using the tips above. When you make the putt, move the ball back 3 more feet and try to hit the ball so it continues the line of your first putt. Continue to move the ball back 3 feet each time until you’ve reached 20-30 feet.

Stance and Position

One of the best tips on putting is that, if your putting stroke and stance feel natural and are working for you regularly, don’t try to alter them too much. If you’re just a beginner or if you think that your stance and position could use a little help, here’s a great post from Free Golf Lessons to help you perfect your setup.

To practice lining up your body for a shot, stand sideways in front of a full-length mirror and take your putting stance. If you’re perfectly aligned, you won’t be able to see any portion of the side of your body opposite the mirror.

Judging Distance

Speed is arguably the most important aspect to master in putting. If you miss a putt, you always want to leave yourself no more than three feet from the hole.

To improve your ability to judge distance, try this drill: Starting at 10 feet from the pin, place balls at 10-foot intervals away from the pin. You should have a ball at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet. Now, start at the 10 foot mark and putt the ball to the hole. If you don’t sink the putt, make sure the ball is within 3 feet. Next, hit the 50 foot putt, attempting the same result as the 10 foot putt. Then make the other putts in random order. You always want no more than three feet between the ball and the cup. The better your control over distance, the fewer three putts.

These tips on putting can take you out of the land of three putts and knock a few strokes off your score.

Do you have tips on putting? Share them with us in the comment section. We’d love to hear them!


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30th Annual Ole Miss Golf Course ThyssenKrupp Golf Tournament Winners and Slideshow


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Two Golf Rules Every Player Should Remember on the Green

Golf is, at they say, a gentleman’s sport, and the golf rules are designed to ensure that you always play like one. But what the rules don’t tell you is that golf if often hardest on those meticulously managed greens. Below are some golf rules your partners, fellow players, and g

Golf rules for the green are important for many reasons.

reenskeepers will thank you for regarding closely.

Repair your spike marks on each green

There are a lot of people in the world who think that golf shoes serve no other purpose than to make more money for sporting goods manufacturers, but the truth is, golf shoes are designed for comfort and securing your footing during shots. And by utilizing today’s technology, they are more comfortable, breathable, and supportive than a regular pair of athletic shoes.

Though metal spikes are more damaging than their newer, plastic counterparts, all spikes can be damaging to the surface of the green, and the golf rules state that players may not repair old spike marks that appear in the path of their ball. Remember this little fiasco at Augusta

in 2005? Well, here’s what the USGA had to say about the golf rules concerning spikes at that time:

“The Rules of Golf are based on two fundamental principles: (1) play the ball as it lies and (2) play the course as you find it. Permitting the repair of spike marks on a player`s line of play or putt would be contrary to these fundamental principles. Rule 16-1c permits the repair of old hole plugs and ball marks but does not permit the repair of spike damage or other irregularities of surface on the putting green if they are on a player`s line of play or putt or might assist him in his subsequent play of the hole. The distinction lies in the fact that old hole plugs and ball marks are easily identifiable as such, whereas it is impossible to differentiate between spike damage and other irregularities of surface on the putting green. Permitting the repair of spike marks would also inevitably lead to a slower place of play. Please note that proper etiquette recommends that damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes be repaired on completion of the hole by all players, just as a player should fill up and smooth over all holes a

nd footprints made by him before leaving a bunker. We feel that improved education and players` consideration for others rather than a change in the Rules of Golf is the proper solution to the problem.”

Repair ball marks

One of the best feelings in the game of golf is watching your ball as it flies along the proper trajectory and plops down perfectly onto a well manicured green before rolling to within 3 feet of the pin. But you should always remember that your near perfect shot made a nasty dent on the green!

Ball marks are little dents or pock marks that appear as the result of a longer, loftier golf shot wherein the ball falls hard onto the surface of the green. Balls have even been known to dent the green so badly that the grass is ripped up. And while, according to the golf rules, players

may repair ball marks that appear in the path of their ball, the proper etiquette is to repair your own marks on the green before progressing to the next hole.

To repair your ball marks, insert your divot fixer on the outside of the mark at a 45 degree angle and push up slightly so that the mark rises just above the surface of the green. Using your putter, pat the mark back down until it is flat and even with the surface.

The More You Know: A Few Rules Pertaining to Greens Play

Rule 16-1
The line of putt must not be touched, except to remove loose impediments, lifting or replacing the ball, repairing a ball mark (old or your own) or removing movable obstructions. The player can place the club down in front of the ball when addressing, but may not press anything down.
The most common breach of this rule occurs when a player, partner or fellow competitor physically touches the point on the gre

en where they should be aiming a putt. The line of putt can be pointed to, just not physically touched.
Penalty for breach of rule: for stroke play, a two-stroke penalty; for match play, loss of hole.

Rule 8-2
A player, partner or caddy can indicate a line for putting prior to but not during the stroke. In doing so, the line of putt can not be physically touched.
This means you cannot have your buddy stand behind the hole so you can aim at his foot. Placing the flagstick on the ground behind the hole also could be construed as a rule violation. It is better to place the flagstick off the side of the green.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, two-stroke penalty; match play, loss of hole.

Rule 18-2b
If a player’s ball moves after it is addressed, other than as a result of a stroke, the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke, and the ball must be replaced, unless the movement occurs after the backward movement of the club and the stroke is completed.
Usually this happens in three situations. When grounding the putter to align the putt, it is easy to accidentally bump the ball. A strong wind could move the ball. If the green is very fast and your ball is on a mound, the ball could move. As long as you are aware of the situation, you may be able to avoid a penalty. If the ball moves as you start your backswing, don’t stop! Completing the stroke cancels the penalty.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, one stroke penalty (and ball must be replaced to original position); match play, loss of hole.
If a ball or ball-mark is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a rule or marking its position, the ball or marker must be replaced. There is no penalty.
This rule is self-explanatory. Many golfers are under false assumptions that there should be a penalty.



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Free Golf Lessons at The Ole Miss Golf Course!

The Ole Miss Golf Course will begin offering free golf lessons for players of all skill levels.Ready for free golf lessons from the Ole Miss Golf Course

On select Saturdays beginning October 27th, golf instructor John Graeber will be on the driving range to provide instruction to interested players. Graeber has been the instructor at The Ole Miss Golf Course for over 15 years. More information about him can be found in this interview on Tee Time at Ole Miss.

 Free golf lessons available on:

October 27th

November 3rd

November 17th

December 1st

Range balls will be provided with these free golf lessons, but clubs will not be available for use.

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New Contest! Who Throws the Best Party in The Grove?

Enter your photo on our Facebook page now!

And don’t forget to share the link with your friends after the photo has been uploaded! The photo with the most votes will win the prizes!

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How to Golf Like a Pro: 3 Tips for Taking Your Game to the Next Level

Learning how to golf like a pro takes years of practice both on and off the course. Here are three practical tips to use now to help improve your game.

1. Learn to choose the right club for the shot.

Since the rules of golf state that you can only have 14 clubs in your bag at a time, you’ll need to learn which clubs are appropriate for each shot and how far you hit each of them. Because no two rounds of golf are the same (even if you’re playing the same course every time), you’ll find that, over time, you’ll use all the clubs in your bag. Once you learn how far you hit each club, put that knowledge to use on the course. It’s helpful to write down how far you hit each club, laminate it, and keep it in your golf bag as a reference. The reference is also a great way to gauge how you improve over time, since your distance will increase with each club as you progress.

2. Think about your approach.

You aren’t Bubba Watson. Chances are very good that you can’t hit a shot that doglegs to land on the green for a shot at par. Be practical and take the easier shots. If you miss the green, your follow-up shot needs to get the ball close enough to sink the putt. Think about what direction the green slopes and what it looks like near the pin and adjust your shot accordingly. Understand how you mishit shots so that your well hit balls land on the green and give you a makeable putt but a miss will still give you an opportunity to sink it in two.

3. Stop trying to crush the ball on every drive.

The Tiger Woods video game has ruined many a real-life drive with the angelic sound of swishing and crushing as the ball makes contact with the sweet spot on the golf ball before soaring 300 yards down the fairway. Those shots aren’t likely to happen in your golf game if you’re more concerned with muscling the shot into going the distance as opposed to hitting a steady swing that makes good contact. Hinge your wrists as far back as possible on your backswing, rotate around your body as much as you can, and shift your weight properly. Improving your distance comes with hitting the ball better, not harder.

You’re not going to become the next Rory McIlroy overnight; but learning how to golf like a pro might be a little easier if you’re using these tips.

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Fun Friday!

Happy Friday, golfers! Today, we thought we’d take a few moments to get some opinions on some of golf’s toughest questions. Answer as man (or as few) as you like, it’s just for fun!

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How the Stack and Tilt Golf Method Can Help Improve Your Iron Shots

Using the Stack and Tilt golf method can improve your iron shotsThe stack and tilt golf method can be helpful for players with inconsistent iron shots and can decrease your risk of developing golfer’s back.

What is the Stack and Tilt Golf Method?

The basic principles of the stack and tilt golf method are fairly simple. Your back remains vertical over the ball instead of twisting, your weight stays mainly on your lead foot, and your weight never shifts away from the ball. If you reverse pivot–that is, if you shift your weight to your left leg on your backswing–using this swing can eliminate problems such as fat, thin, or weak shots.

Instructions for creating the Stack and Tilt:

1. Setup with the ball in the center of your stance (or slightly farther forward for longer irons)
2. During your backswing, your head should remain centered above the ball. Constantly shift your weight forward, moving about 55-65% of your weight onto your front leg, flexing it while your back leg straightens almost completely. Your shoulders should take a sharper angle, holding your front arm close to your chest. Your trailing arm’s elbow should remain near your body.
3. On your downswing, continue shifting your weight to the front. Your hips should pivot forward powerfully.
4. Your follow-through will be the same as a traditional golf swing—your backside will tuck slightly in and your upper body will have moved forward.

The stack and tilt method may not work for everyone, since all golfers have different swing patterns. Think about your golf game; if you’re struggling with your irons and feel like you can’t find a natural-feeling swing, give this method a try.

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Wrist Hinge Drills, Part Two

On Wednesday, we began a two part series on drills to help you develop the proper wrist hinge. Today, we continue with two last drills guaranteed to help you cock your wrist properly.

Cross-Handed Grip

To help you feel what a proper wrist hinge feels like, try switching hands, with your dominant hand on the top (right hand for right-handed folk, left hand for lefties). This unnatural grip forces your wrists to hinge and increases the angle of the shaft. Like Wednesday’s wrist drills, you’ll want to take a few practice swings and then try to mimic the moves with your normal grip.

The Early Wrist-Cock Drill

At address, cock your wrist back. Correctly cocking your wrist will pull the club head away from the ball and place the shaft parallel to the ground. Freeze at this point and then try to make a normal backswing while your wrist is still bent. Then, after a few practice swings, try to do everything in a single fluid motion.

These drills will help you master a proper wrist hinge and add some power to your swing. If you have questions, leave it in the comments section and we’ll do our best to get you an answer! See you guys next week!

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Wrist Hinge Drills, Part One

You have to hinge your wrists during your swing if you want to create power in your swing and make a clean hit on the ball. Hinging your wrists will allow your club head to lag slightly behind your arms, increasing the speed of your club head and sharpening your impact. It’s difficult to master the correct wrist hinge, so we’ll be presenting a two part post with some drills that will help you perfect it.

Pinkie-Off Drill

To get the feeling of momentum inducing the wrist hinge, grip the club normally, then slide your top hand up until your pinkie isn’t touching the club. Without your pinkie for support, the club’s weight will force a wrist hinge at the top of your backswing. Make a few practice swings that way, then try with your normal grip, again trying to mimic the feeling of the drill.

The Hinge Drill

The key to hinging your wrist properly is a complete, connected swing. If you legs, arms, and upper body move together in your backswing, your wrists will be forced to hinge at the first moment of downswing.
Practice keeping your body together by grasping a club near the middle of the shaft and placing the grip onto your stomach. Now take a few practice swings. If you swing properly, your wrist will hinge automatically when you reach the top of your backswing. Then take your normal grip and try to mimic the feeling of the drill.

We’ll have two more wrist drills on Friday to get you prepped and ready for your practice session this weekend.

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