Don’t always blame your putting stroke for your three putts, you might find the issue lies elsewhere in your game. Start to break down your stats in a bit more detail and I’m certain you will find that your short game, particularly your chipping is to blame.

One of the most common issues I see when on the course is my clients chipping onto the green but leaving a hefty distance to the hole, perhaps miss hitting the shot or just having no distance control. If your average distance to the hole is 20 foot plus, you’re not hitting your chips close enough and your putting stats are taking a hit. Work on the following chipping technique to try and half your putting distance which should in turn wipe out the majority of your putting issues.

Step 1 – Keep more weight on your left side during the whole shot (around 70% depending on ball position).

Step 2 – Forward press your hands at set up so they start ahead of the ball.

Step 3 – Practice making one handed swings with just your left hand. This will encourage you to pull through the ball and utilise the bounce angle of the club much more effectively.

Step 4 – place a tee after the ball to encourage you to slide through the ball rather than dig in to the ground. Aim to push the tee out of the way.

Once you start striking the ball consistently you can then build confidence and experiment with different lengths of swing. Set yourself challenges around the short game area. Try to get up and down from different locations and with different clubs. You will be amazed at how many shots you will save on the course.

Mark Nelson – PGA Professional


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