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Don’t Sweat Downhill Putting Anymore

Don’t Sweat Downhill Putting Anymore

It doesn't matter how well you hit your drives and approach shots if your short game is lacking. In fact, most golf pros will tell you that as much as 70 percent of your final score for a round is contingent on how good - or how poor - your short game is. With that said, one of the most critical elements of a good short game is putting - and one of the toughest types is the downhill putt.

 

Downhill putts are difficult for a couple of reasons. For starters, they tend to break more than uphill putts. Secondly, if you misjudge the break or strike the ball too forcefully, you could end up sending it past the cup and looking a three putt right in the eye.

 

Downhill Putting Techniques

Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to keep in mind to shave strokes off of your score and strike the ball with some much-needed confidence when it comes to downhill putting:

 

  • Plan for an excess break: Downhill putts have a tendency to break more largely due to the ball requiring a softer touch. When putts travel slowly, gravity takes a stronger hold and the ball will likely break more. Bottom line - Don’t underestimate it. Play more break than you normally would when putting downhill.

  • Deaden the stroke: By doing so, you lessen the risk of rolling well past the hole. There are few ways you can accomplish this. For starters, loosen the grip on your putter as well as practice hitting the ball off the toe of the putter.

  • Practice, practice, practice!: This one is obvious, but easily ignored. There is no better way to become a master of the downhill putt, than spending your time deliberately practicing. Try focusing on one technique at a time until you feel confident to move onto the next.

     

So there you have it! Always keep in mind these few simple techniques, and remember - nothing can replace practice, and that’s exactly what you’ll get by using The Perfect Putter. After a few days, you’ll find that reading putts just got a whole lot easier.

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