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The Importance of Rolling the Rock

Better players understand the importance of making more putts and how it directly affects your ability to score. The unfortunate things is that a majority of golfers don’t really work on or really try to improve their putting skills.  I call them putting skills because in putting, there are various skills golfers have to learn to dramatically improve their ball control skills.  Putting does involve more then just having good a putting stroke.

The golfers who have the ability to control the their golf ball on the putting green is usually the one who is extremely hard to beat.  That is because more shots are taken on the green with that one club then any other club.  Since there isn’t another club in the bag that gets that used much, golfers main focus should be a ensuring the have the essential skills related to mastering the putting green.

Let’s take a look at Tiger Woods for instance.  Before I get into that everyone should know that he is by far and away my favorite golfer and this is not going to be a bashing session.  For years he has been known for his uncanny ability to make the big putt.  The one who normally destroys competitors hopes on the putting green.  Now for the last two years his ability to make putts has changed.  The routine putts he used to make with his eyes closed, now can’t seem to find the bottom of the hole.  What has changed is that he now hits more fairways (4th), GIR (8th) but the one that really matters has slipped dramatically, putts gained per round. He now is ranked 178th on tour.

If putting means so much to how a golfers will score, then why isn’t it that more golfers spend more time on improving those skills?  Why is it that golfers fall into the manufactures trap of buying the latest and greatest driver promoting distance?  Why don’t golfers seek out professionals that understand the ins and outs of putting?  The only thing that I can figure is that golfers truly don’t care about their score but only about how far they hit the golf ball.  Maybe that is why golfers handicaps haven’t changed over the years?  They have their priorities in the wrong place and most likely because of what they are always seeing during advertisements.

For those of you who are serious about your game and want to shoot lower scores, then you need to take a long hard look into your performance on the putting green.  I know from using stat tracking programs for myself and my students that everyone has some type of deficiency.  Finding out exactly what that is will provide you the key to unlocking the scoring barrier that now faces you.  See the program that will start to transform your game www.dennissalesgolf.com/AimPoint.aspx

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Master The Putting green

Your ability to improve golf scores starts first with improving the area that matters most in scoring.  That area I’m referring to is on the putting green.  Becoming a great putter doesn’t require plenty of physical strength, just sound putting instruction that encompasses everything.  It requires a golfer to learn how to read golf greens accurately so they where to aim the putter.  Once a golfer knows where to aim, they must make a stroke that sends the ball off on their intended line and at the correct speed, for the ball to take the break.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has received a golf lesson that included putting instruction which dealt with the mechanics of the putting stroke.  I’m also pretty sure that when it came to discussing green-reading it was pretty vague. Probably included the words “it takes experience to learn how to read greens” or “the ball break towards the water” and “the ball breaks away from mountains”.  What you have never been taught, is how to read golf greens so that the guess work of where to aim, is out of the equation.  Well that is until Mark Sweeney; the inventory of Emmy Award winning AimPoint Technologies, created the AimPoint green reading program.  This unique program teaches golfers how to precisely read greens.  AimPoint has helped LPGA Tour professional Stacey Lewis win her first major.  It has also helped many other touring professionals, college players, and many of golfers dramatically improve their putting statistics.  Now this program can help you just like it has helped thousands of other golfers around the world.

Once you learn how to read greens accurately, the next step is building skills that are directly related to  controlling how the ball is being rolled.  That starts with getting your ball control skills tested.  How good are you at those essential skills?  If your really consistent, then the putter you have is pretty well fitted to you.  If you have issues, then it could be directly related to your putter.  That is easily checked by somebody who truly knows how to fit a putter.  Once that issue is taken care of, you can get back to improving those ball control skills that great putters have.

How amazing would that be if you could find a program that would help you transform your game on the putting greens?  Help you with everything necessary to constantly amaze your friends?  Well, the green reading part can be taken care of if you attend a AimPoint Green Reading clinic, and I’ve now incorporated putting instruction into the mix in one great program.

Get Your Putter Rolling the Rock

Every time I get asked to give a putting lesson to a student who is struggling, I find that either their speed, line or even both are off.  It’s off because they have gotten away from creating a good set-up at address.  Follow these training concepts and create a perfect practice station.  You will soon find yourself rolling the rock like never before.  You’re going to need a few simple tools to accomplish this.  A Swinkey and six tees will work perfectly.

  1. First you are going to create a “gate” for the putter to swing through.  Use the two tees and position them just outside the toe and heel of the putter.  This is going to force you to create center face contact, a must in being able to consistently control distance.
  2. Place the first alignment rod parallel to your target and just outside the tee that you have marked at the toe of the putter.  This rod is going to help you see what type of arc you’re creating.  Ideally I would like to see similarity between the back swing and follow through during the stroke.
  3. Use the main body of the Swinkey parallel to your target line but just in front of your toes.  This will help you stand the same distance away from the ball.  I don’t want you to either get to close or more away from the ball during this skill building sessions.
  4. The second alignment rod will go through the main body of the Swinkey and point directly at the golf ball.  This will help you maintain the relationship the ball towards your lead foot.
  5. Almost done, place two tees a little wider than ball widths 12″ in front and just outside your intended line of flight.  The will force you to learn how to get the ball to roll through them.  If you really struggle with the distance these two tees are set at, then open them up some.  Your goal will be to work on tightening up that distance and it will as your skill improve.
  6. Finally, the last set of tees.  I want you to place it these tees at various distances with a maximum of 12″ apart.  Your final goal will be to roll the golf ball between these tees.  Continuously move these tees to various distances.  Watch what happens to your ball control skills when you’re able to master this drill.