Not many golfers look forward to extensive training. Playing a round is much more relaxing than spending time putting — so it’s important to achieve good results in the shortest time possible. For this reason, there are five steps to take to heart for putting successfully.
To be a good putter, you first have to know the following prerequisites. In the end, it’s really easy to perform the putting movement correctly once you have learned it. Feedback from a professional is essential for getting to this point. In this way, the necessary movements are saved in your memory right from the word go and it is also possible to target your strengths and weaknesses and work on them.
The second important point is correct measuring when putting. Professionals haven’t already hit countless balls in a perfect line and at the perfect speed over the course of their careers for nothing — this preparation is decisive for making the right decisions in competitive situations. As an amateur, training is naturally a bit limited.
After all, as far as putting is concerned, there is a wide array of parameters that can be measured. Consequently, before starting with extensive training, it is
important to consult a professional to determine the most important key figures in your game.
The measurements can then be used as a basis for analysing your personal putting abilities and avoiding errors when training. At this same time, it is important not to forget that it can easily take months before the training progress is actually noticeable. So it’s no good putting the golf clubs in the corner after two or three weeks, whereas long-term structured training on the other hand will surely pay off. It may even be the case that your putting initially becomes worse when you start target-oriented training because you have to get used to a new method subconsciously.
The fourth step is the right training recipes, which can be easily compiled on the basis of the potential for improvement. In other words, it is not enough merely to pick up the clubs and play a round at the driving range or the putting green. In fact, it is much more important to know whether to work on correct body
positioning, chip and pitch shots or on the right speed in order to progress as quickly as possible.
In the end it all comes down to the implementation of the training. It is worth bearing in mind that academic studies have reported that the first habits start to form after approximately 10,000 repetitions and a good putting swing is stored subconsciously after approximately 20,000 cycles.
These figures might seem incredibly high, but it is quite possible to reach them within just a few months. After all, fundamental elements such as the swing motion, aiming or positioning can be trained at home with the right equipment, meaning the putting green is only indispensible for training the right touch and feeling. In addition, continuous training forms the basis for many years of pleasure on the green with the putter.
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