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Greetings golfers! With winter fast approaching, your local courses may be closing up. But don't put your putter away just yet! The off-season is a perfect time to dial in your putting stroke and improve your touch on the greens. Let me provide some helpful putting pointers to keep your skills sharp this winter.
I recommend one with lines on. This allows you to keep putting throughout the winter months. Place the mat on a flat, level surface and use regulation holes to practice. Make sure you have adequate space to stroke putts of at least 10 feet in length.
When putting indoors, pay close attention to start line. Using the lines on the mat will give you instant feedback on your ability to deliver a square clubface. This will be especially crucial for holing more putts from within 10 feet.
Next you can focus on distance control. Without having to read breaks or grain, you can zero in on pure stroke and rolling the ball the correct speed. Mix up drill lengths and challenge yourself to dial in pace. Aim to sink five 10 footers in a row, then five 15 footers. Master speed first before introducing breaks.
Another key element is developing a consistent routine. Step into every putt the exact same way focusing on proper posture, grip, alignment and tempo. Work from different sides of the hole to groove repeatability. Make your practice strokes and glances at the hole identical each time. This builds consistency, confidence, and trust in your process.
Utilise training aids like alignment guides, eye trace sticks, and stroke stabilizers. These tools ingrain proper mechanics and positions into your putting stroke. But don't become over reliant on them - you need to be able to putt well without aids too. Think of them as "learning wheels" to correct flaws.
Lastly, dedicate time daily to pure putting practice. Break up your sessions into blocks focusing on specific skills like pace, line, routine. Keep detailed stats to track progress and zero in on weaknesses. 15-30 minutes daily will keep your stroke buttery smooth, even in winter.
Stay committed to sharpening your putting this off-season. You'll be amazed how quickly you can shave strokes off your scores with some dedicated practice. Let me know if you have any other putting questions! I'll have more tips next week.
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Kat uses Trackman 4 Launch Monitor in her face to face coaching sessions. If you'd like to book an Assessment, please contact Kat directly (07939 252977) for a free consultation. Kat is also available for online coaching. Simply follow her HERE to get started.