How to Achieve Perfect Putting Accuracy

Putting is all about accuracy. You don’t have to worry about generating power like you do with your full swing – you are simply trying to roll the ball toward the hole as accurately as you can. When the combination of line and speed come together just right, the ball will fall in the cup. As you likely already know, putting is much more difficult than it first appears, and it can frustrate even experienced players. To improve your overall game and lower your scores, better putting should be toward the top of your to-do list.

Below are a few tips on improving the accuracy of your putting –

  • Practice. There is simply no replacement for practicing your putting stroke over and over again. Putting well takes great touch, and that can only be gained through repetition. While most golfers are on the driving range hitting shot after shot hoping to get better, the smart players are spending their time on the putting green gaining both experience and confidence. Try to spend at least half of your practice time on the short game, and a significant portion of that should be spent working on your putting.
  • Relax. It is difficult to putt accurately when there is tension or nervousness in your hands and arms. Try to relax as much as possible before hitting a putt so you can let the putter swing freely without trying to guide it too much through the impact area. If it helps, take a couple deep breaths before stepping up to hit your putt. Practice your routine for getting relaxed before a putt on the practice green so you will be able to do it successfully when you are out on the course.
  • Hold your posture. If your body is moving around too much during the putting stroke it will be very difficult to attain any level of accuracy with your putts. Try to take a solid, athletic posture when you address your putt and hold it there throughout the stroke. Even small movements by your lower body during the putting stroke can have a large effect on the outcome of the putt. With good balance, flexed knees, and a comfortable overall posture, you should find it much easier to make a quality stroke. Good posture is key all over the golf course no matter what kind of shot you are hitting, but it might be most valuable on the putting green.