The Ball In The Hole
A popular mantra to commit to memory is successful golf putting the ball into the hole in the minimum number of strokes. Developing a beautiful golf swing, hitting a nice, long drive or even having the latest golf equipment doesn’t mean much if high numbers appear on the scorecard next to your very own name. It makes perfect sense to start with the very skill that is generally most responsible for achieving the ball getting in the hole-putting.
You will never become a successful golfer if you are not a good putter. One of the most esteemed golf teachers in history, Harvy Penick explained that if a beginner attempts to learn the game of golf at the tee and move on towards the golf green, postponing the short game until the very last, then this particular beginner will be lucky if he can beat anybody in a game of golf. In short, learning to putt the ball is the first step to achieving status as a successful golfer.
Although a putt can be achieved with any golf club in your bag, the putter is especially designed for this golf stroke. Due to the fact that putters come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, it is best to attempt a variety of putters to determine the one putter that leads to best results. A traditional putter’s works like a wonder for most golfers and it’s a smart place for novices to begin.
Compared to the other shots in golf, the intention of the putt is for the ball to roll along the green and avoid becoming airborne. To accommodate the effective putt, the putter has a near-vertical face with little to no angle. Of all the golf shots known to man, the putt is struck with the most minimal amount of force. Traditional putters have very short shafts to generate more controllable, slower clubhead speed.
There are several points of golf etiquette for the putting green, but there are two major putting rules. The fist rule affords you to lift the golf ball once it has come to rest on the green. However, the ball must be returned to the spot from which the golf ball was lifted. The failure to return the golf ball to its initial location can result in a two-stroke penalty. To mark the location of this spot, you can place a small coin behind the golf ball before lifting the ball. It’s advisable to also mark your golf ball if it intercedes with the putting line of another golf player. Once the golf ball is clean, you may return the ball to its initial spot on the green and remover this marker before stroking our golf putt.
The second rule of putting declares that when you are playing a golf ball from the putting green, your ball must not hit the flag or flagstick, or even another golfer’s ball lying on the putting green. You can incur a penalty of two strokes if you strike the flagstick, flag or a ball resting on the putting green. It is the golfer’s responsibility for the opponent’s golf ball or flag to be removed if there’s any chance your putt may strike the object. Only if your ball has come to rest on the putting green does this particular rule apply.