Two things every great putter does

Ready to start playing your BEST golf? If so studying elite players and learning from how they play the game is a must.

If you study the game’s greatest players you’ll noticed that they are all fantastic putters. While they all may have slightly different putting styles there are 2 things that every single one of them has in common.

These are 2 things that EVERY great putter does…

1) They keep their head still during the stroke.

Many amateur golfers struggle with this fundamental of great putting even though it’s one of the most commonly prescribed tips. Keeping your head still during the stroke goes a long way toward helping you putt a solid consistent roll on every single putt.

2) They don’t look up until AFTER they stroke the ball.

The desire to look up and see where your ball is headed is natural, but great putters know that this can cause their body to move around dramatically during their stroke making it impossible for them to start the ball online. Want a simple tip to help you with this problem? Just make a quick “1…2…3” count in your head after making contact – then lift your head to see where the ball is headed.

One of the BEST ways to improve your game is to improve your putting. By focusing on how the game’s greatest putters perform on the green you’ll be well on the way to lowering your own scores!

12 Responses to Two things every great putter does

  1. Gary November 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    The email I got says only two things matter when putting. The two things mentioned are essential to most, but what about:

    1. Judging the speed
    2. Reading the break
    3. Confidence
    4. Consistent Routine
    5. Putting when friends aren’t looking (make it every time)

    • Dick April 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

      I agree with Gary. Judging speed and reading the brake are very crucial. One of the main problems I have is reading the break….that’s because I’m not confident on how grain affects the break, or even how to judge the grain’s affect, if that’s possible. Face it, it’s complicated for the weekend golfer.

      • Rich December 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

        The article commenter is correct. It’s like building a house, the foundation is critical. All the judging of speed, break, etc. goes out the window if you bob your head or look up while you are putting.

  2. Bob April 7, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    I always heard the two things were distance and direction.

  3. Gary April 8, 2017 at 3:44 am #

    And vocabulary….. “that’s good”

  4. Ron Clark April 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    I watched a Brad Faxon video and he says the opposite

  5. Richard August 20, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    If you do not make a consistent stroke, distance, speed, etc. don’t mean squat. How best to make a consistent stroke: keep your head still and do not look up-I know every time I come up and out of it, my putt, especially on a left to right breaker, will almost always miss on the low side. I can go to the bank on it and if I play for money, will lose every time! Keep the head still and don’t look up until the ball is well on its way!

  6. Johnny Parson August 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    I have found that if you hold your follow through on the putt it takes care of the 1,2,3 idea.You actually watch your putter head and it takes care of looking up. I have made many more putts in the last 2 months that I have tried this method.

  7. Billy Bob Mazejko October 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Instead of saying “1,2,3” as I am stroking the putt, I use a line from Shakespeare (which I totally made up)…” Be Still Thine Head”! I’ll be damned if it didn’t improve my putting significantly! The key for me was keeping my head still through the entire stroke. You do that, and you don’t have to worry about lifting you head, which I mistakenly blamed for my bad putting.

    • Keith @ GolfersRX October 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      That’s great!

  8. William Murdick November 11, 2017 at 1:23 am #

    I caught a brief interview with Bernard Langer on the putting green. He is known now for his controversial use of a long putter, which he rests against his chest at the set up (this would be illegal if he left it there). He then moves it away from his chest, eliminating contact, before beginning the backstroke. So of course that was what the interviewer wanted to talk about.

    But then at the end of the interview, Langer made an interesting comment. He said his tendency at one time, on long lag putts, was to take a short back swing and whack to ball. Once he overcame that tendency and forced himself to do a big stroke instead, his lag putting improved tremendously. I’ve noticed that I have the same urge to whack the long putt. I’ve been forcing myself to stroke those putts and my lag putting is much better now.

  9. Chisag April 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    NEVER lift your head to look at your putt rolling to the hole. Swivel your head sideways keeping it in place. Only lift out of your stance when the ball comes to a stop.

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