Timbered Putter Golf

Watch and Learn

Posted by Jay McGrath

Next week marks one of the biggest sporting events of the new millennium: Tiger Woods’ return to the game of golf at the Masters.  While this event is big for what some will say is the wrong reasons, it certainly will have the attention of millions of Americans and golfers worldwide, and will undoubtedly cast an air of even greater pressure on not only Tiger but all of the golfers present in Augusta for the weekend major event.  Because of this, it is essential to watch for some things as the tournament progresses, but, perhaps most interestingly, as in any major, will be to watch how players, particularly Tiger, deal with sinking pressure putts that require complete focus and attention.

To knock down these putts, there is no doubt that the golfers need to have a calmness about themselves that comes from confidence about their read and stroke as though they have made the putt before, which many of them have.  In order to become a great putter, it is essential to have practice all the putts, sunk all the putts and had a smooth stroke that will save you valuable strokes that can make or break a run at a title, especially a Masters victory.  So as you watch this next week, look at Tiger, Phil, and the other greats and watch how they deal with their putts.  Obviously they have spent the time working on great golf putting greens and with outdoor golf training aids to put themselves into a position to succeed, so their actual execution will come down to what haunts so many golfers: the mental side of the game.

It’s Necessary

Posted by Jay McGrath

The only club that most golfers need to use every round is a putter. Unfortunately, many players spend hours practicing with golf driving range mats, golf driving mats, and golf hitting mats instead of practicing the most vital aspect of golf, putting. Most professionals will say that putting is the most difficult aspect of golf, hands down. In fact, its also likely the most frustrating aspect because of how it appears to be so simple.

“The thing that looks easiest in golf are usually the hardest – take putting for example.” -Eric Brown

Understanding that putting is the most difficult aspect of golf will allow you to devote more time on a putting green practicing various putts, different reads, and judging different green speeds due to varied conditions. If putting can be bettered, then you likely will knock off a few strokes from your score simply because three putts will be eliminated.