Top Recommendations on How to Improve Your Putting

Golf is one of the most favored sports of all and a sport that is enjoyed and engaged by both male and female players of all ages. A sport that requires a great deal of focus and patience, golf can be one of the most frustrating, as well as one of the most enjoyable sports. With golf comes the consistent desire for all players to be able to putt like the pros.golf-402003_640

After all, putting is one-third of the game and critical to your overall performance, and most assuredly to that final score. Though advanced equipment can improve a player’s distance and accuracy, putting is more dependent on the overall skill of the golfer rather than the equipment used which means being a better putter involves more than just switching out your putter’s style or brand.

How to Improve Your Putting

1. Body alignment and stability – One of the most important key elements for improving your putting is that of keeping your body and head stable while creating a repeatable stroke that offers you consistent contact with the ball. It is important to recognize that some parts of your body are moving when putting. The more accurate a putt you will present with, and the better your stroke will be. Most golfers make the same mistake of moving their heads just as they putt the ball because of a natural instinct to watch the ball on its journey toward the cup.

Focus on your body alignment and keep your eyes on the impact area of the ball. Practice hitting several putts paying attention to the distance each one travels. Practice putts at different lengths until you can determine how long of a putt is required for each variable length and the speed at which you need to hit the ball. It is important to train and discipline yourself to keep your head down until you have completed your follow through and after the ball starts rolling. By perfecting this simple technique, you will create a more consistent stroke and consistent contact with the ball.

georgia-122721_6402. Practicing your aim – A second important element is perfecting your setup and aim. Begin by surveying the terrain and grounds. Locate the high and low areas and get a good sense for the overall slope of the area. Before choosing your line, study and determine the speed of the greens. Once you choose your aim and have studied the contours of the green, you are ready to putt the ball. After putting, study the way your ball behaved in comparison to your read of the ball. ( A simple tip for aligning your ball is to align the logo of the ball along your chosen aiming line.) This will assist you in diagnosing any problems you may experience with your mechanics following your putt.

3. Being confident and clutch – A third critical element is that of confidence and clutch. Training and disciplining your mind to believe that you can make a putt despite the many you may have missed previously is every bit as important as your putting stroke and your alignment. The great putters are those who try consistently to make every putt they stand over whether it is 10 feet, 30 feet, or 50 feet. Believing that you are clutch, and giving greater focus to making the putt rather than what is going to happen if you don’t make the putt will empower you to remain focused on the cup, and make it happen. Confidence and clutch are keys to the successful putter.

Conclusion

golf-480959_640Improving your putting lies in your setup, alignment, the stability of your body and your overall ability to focus. A healthy mindset is imperative to the successful golfer and the accomplished putter. Believing you can do it, having the patience needed for training and discipline, and the overall mechanics to play the sport will certainly contribute to an improved putting game. Practicing these simple golf tips and techniques will, over time, enable you to putt the ball solidly and consistently, and will help you improve your overall performance and score.

PGA Tour’s Drug Testing Policy

pga tour drug testing policyThere is a lot of talk going around the club about the PGA Tour’s drug testing policy. Some people are for it, and others are against it. I am not totally against it, but it seems like they aren’t taking it seriously enough. They seem to pick and choose the punishments depending on what play gets accused.

Read the latest article about Dustin Johnson’s PGA suspension for violating the drug policy.

I am totally against performance enhancing drugs, and don’t understand how or why anyone would use them. I think it is completely unfair and stupid to take them, and even if you win the competition whilst taking drugs, you don’t deserve it because you have cheated. I would never take them; I want to play and win with my talents, and I don’t need anything to help me.

I do kind of disagree about the recreational drug testing. I don’t take drugs often, but I do enjoy the odd joint now and again. I think these drugs are a personal choice, and if they affect my playing, it will be in a bad way and that’s my fault. I always make sure though that I never smoke anywhere near a tournament, so I can give my best performance. At the same time I do think that if you are going to test for drugs, then it will have to be all drugs. At least we know so that we have to make a conscious effort to stay away from them. For me, golf is much more important than any drug high; I get my own high from playing.
pga tour drug testing policy2I feel that the PGA isn’t organized about the whole policy, and are unsure what to do sometimes. The tests are completely random and are not at all tournaments or for all players. I think if you are going to test, then test properly, do everyone. Plus, I think they should be doing blood tests, not urine. It all seems like a bit of a joke. Some high profile players have been caught out, and nothing has been said, and even in some cases, no punishment has been given.

If you are going to test professional players for drug use, test them all and give them a punishment. If they have been taking drugs then, they obviously don’t take the sport seriously and don’t deserve to be playing. I and many of my golfing friends, think that the PGA just singled out Doug Barron just to make them look like they were taking the drug policy serious. They let so many others off which is completely unfair. Maybe it is better for everyone to know who tested positive and what their punishment is so that they, and everyone else can learn from it.

I understand that the PGA tour must test, but I would prefer if they did it in a more professional way. At the moment, they look a bit silly.

PGA Golfer Dustin Johnson Should Use Synthetic Urine Next Time

pga golf faces drug testAs a human, I feel bad about the recent events in the life of Dustin Johnson. Before he failed his drug test, leaving him off the PGA Tour for months, the seasoned veteran suffered multiple heartbreaks at the majors.

Dustin Johson has never won a PGA tour major but has been close many times. He’s led with only a few holes remaining in the British Open, only to hit a critical shot out of bounds.

Do you remember the events that unfolded at Whistling Straits? He thought he had won the tournament after putting out on the 18th hole. He later found out that a small area of sand was considered a bunker. Instead of winning the tournament, he was forced to join a playoff. He ended up losing in the playoff.

In between those majors, Dustin has been dating Wayne Gretzky’s daughter. When I first saw her, I thought she was a party girl. Well, it turns out I was right. Her and Dustin have been living the “good life” for the past few years. They hop around to some of the biggest parties and snort cocaine. I have never done cocaine, but I’m aware it can be addicting; it can seriously impact a person’s life. My best friend in college suffered from cocaine addiction.

On a lighter note, Dustin should have taken a synthetic urine to pass his urine test. Another friend of mine was applying for a job at Home Depot. He found out that they drug test. He did a Yahoo search for “best synthetic urine” and found this site. Funny enough, he took the advice and bought a powdered urine kit. Maybe the golf star would have passed if he had found the Drug Rehab Alliance site (ha).

Okay, back to a more serious tone. Drug addiction, of any kind, is a serious matter. Dustin Johnson did the right thing and took the drug exam without cheating. The news spread quickly and it made Johnson reach out for help. He’s currently attending rehab to get his cocaine issue fixed.

What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you feel bad for him, or do you think it’s time for him to grow up?

Let us hear it below!

Jack Nicklaus Is The Best Golfer Ever

Is Jack The BestJack Nicklaus earned multiple collegiate awards, won major championships, and competed against stiffer competition, which one may justify naming him as the best golfer of all time. Nicklaus started out dominating golf at the age of 19 by winning the United States Golf Amateur title, and repeated the feat at age 21. Nicklaus’ winning style won him over with his competitors; and importantly, in defeat, he was gracious giving credit to the victor versus pointing out what may have played against him from earning a win. During the first 13 years of his career, Nicklaus took home 12 major championships; yet equally important, nine times he was the running up, and six times placing third.

His best results in majors are lauded to this day. For instance, 17 under par at the Masters, 8 under par at the United States Open, 11 under par at the British Open, and 8 under par at the United States PGA. One should remember that Nicklaus competed against foes that had multiple majors, such as Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Lee Trevino (six majors), Bobby Nichols, Isao Aoki, Nick Faldo, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, Gary Player (nine majors), Arnold Palmer (seven majors), Seve Ballesteros (five majors) and Greg Norman. No one in today’s game can match this listing of golfers as competitors for a major championship. In addition, one can argue that the equipment used in today’s game brings more competitors into the field as a potential major winner. The advancement in technology lengthens drives, and thereby bringing lighter hitting golfers into the competition. Persimmon woods and smaller grooves for iron play require one to have a lot more skill than today’s golfer has to experience.

One trait that many admire about Nicklaus is his never say die attitude. For example, Nicklaus is credited with six final round come from behind victories in majors alone. Equally impressive, is the 37 top three finishes in major championships, along with 136 top three finishes in PGA Tour events. Nicklaus did very well on Sunday’s, where he won eight of his major championships by having to catch the third round leader.

One trophy Nicklaus did not win in his career was the Vardon, which is presented to the player with the lowest scoring average. Of course, one can understand why since Nicklaus did not play 80 rounds of golf in a given year, which is a requirement to qualify for said award. Interestingly, today that qualifier has been reduced to 60 rounds. Nicklaus has always designed Golden Bear golf courses for multiple years, and was an ambassador for golf all over the world. So one can understand why he did not year in and year out play the minimum number of rounds.

Jack Nicklaus dominated golf and will forever be a golf icon. Nicklaus had more than golf on his plate. He was a dedicated family man, and ran his own business while playing golf tournaments. Ultimately, eras are next to impossible to compare on any subject matter. The drive Nicklaus exhibited when he played, while running his business can be summed up with one of his many quotes: “So my fear was controlling myself, and making sure that I did what I had to do to the best of my ability. If they played better, they played better. As long as I do the best that I could, that was all I could ask for.”

Will Tiger Woods Ever Win Another Major?

Tigers Last MajorTiger Woods missing the Masters has caused us to think about if Tiger will ever win another major and surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. We might just have to face the reality that Tiger will never be the same. He has not won a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open, when he defeated Rocco Mediate so miraculously on a broken leg. We do have to give him credit for winning eight tournaments since the start of 2010, but we do not look at him like that, because he is Tiger Woods, and we expect him to do that. This is not a fair way to look at him, but people have very high expectations for the current number two golfer in the world. Just four years, prior to 2010, he had 25 PGA Tour wins and 11 top-six major finishes. Even though Tiger has not been playing like his old self, the great Jack Nicklaus himself remains optimistic that Tiger can still break his record. However, as you read on, I will bring up some reasons as to why he might not win another major tournament for the remainder of his career.

Health

Tiger’s most recent ailment in his laundry list of injuries is his back. As you know, he decided to skip the Master’s in order to have surgery so he could be ready for the remainder of the season. But what is to say his injuries in the past won’t come back to bite him. Fred Couples, who is currently performing very well on the Champions Tour, went through this same thing, and he no longer competes on a consistent basis on the PGA Tour.

Age

Golfers reach their prime around ages 27 or 28, and this normally lasts from seven to eight years, if they are lucky. Tiger is currently 38 years old and not getting any younger. He will turn 39 years old on December 30, and with each passing year, the chances of him ever winning another major diminishes.

One of the more promising things Tiger can look at for confidence is the last three winners of the British Open were Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson. All of them were over the age of 40 when they won. It also does not hurt that Tiger himself has won that tournament three times.

The Competition Has Caught Up to Him

The world of golf is changing. It is no longer just a game for the mature, and highly experienced golfers. There is so much young talent on the PGA Tour right now. Guys like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Rory Mcllroy, and so many more are now competing and winning on the biggest stages in golf. There are no longer just a few guys out there that can give Tiger a run for his money. There are multiple, and they are not intimidated one bit by Tiger Woods.

Let’s Sum This Up

Tiger has multiple injuries, he is getting old in terms of golf years, he has much more competition now than he ever has before, and he no longer has the dominance he once had when he was younger. I would say if Tiger still has the ambition and the drive to catch, and possibly surpass the record of 18 majors, he needs to get a move on, and quickly.

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NESN: http://nesn.com/2014/04/three-reasons-tiger-woods-will-never-win-another-major/