If you've played golf at least once in your life, you know that putting is about more than just hitting the ball with the club toward the target. Successful putting takes practice, patience, and good old-school technique.
Although putting is used in both traditional golf and mini golf, investing more time in mini golf while working on your putting skills can take your overall golf game to the next level.
If you not only play on the mini golf course, but also take the guidance of an experienced coach, you can take your putting performance from blah blah to hooray!
Here's Fish Fischer, a former PGA Tour performance coach who has helped some of the top golfers like Bubba Watson improve their golf skills through fitness.
How mini golf putting will positively impact your overall golf game
You don't have to go to the golf course or hire a coach to improve your golf game. In fact, playing mini golf with your friends can improve your skills. "Although mini-golf may seem like pure entertainment, it offers numerous benefits to casual golfers and newbies looking to improve their skills on a regular 18-hole course," says Fischer, by aiding your putting, short game and pressure performance.
Fischer explains that as you embrace the fun and challenge of miniature golf, your performance on the 18-hole course will reach new heights.
Bet on success
Here, Fischer offers step-by-step instructions to improve your game while you enjoy the journey to becoming a skilled putter.
- Ready for success: Approach the ball calmly and calmly, adopting a relaxed stance with your feet shoulder-width apart. In your stance, position the golf ball slightly forward, aligned with the inside of your forefoot.
- Align and grab: Make sure the face of your putter is square to the target line and perpendicular to the desired path. Hold the putter lightly with your palms facing each other to allow for a natural and fluid stroke.
- The pendulum swing: Perform a pendulum-like movement by tensing your shoulders and arms. Keep your wrists tight throughout the pull for optimal control and consistency. Focus on maintaining a steady rhythm and pace.
- Head still, eyes closed: Maintain a stable head position throughout the shot with your eyes intent on the ball. By minimizing unnecessary movements, you improve your precision and accuracy.
- Smooth follow-up: After contact with the ball, continue the movement smoothly and provide smooth acceleration when pulling through. This will help maintain a consistent stroke and prevent jerky movements.
Develop your putting game: The most important technique in both traditional golf and miniature golf
- Learning to pause on the green is critical and applies to both activities. There are many undulating surfaces in miniature golf that help the golfer read the greens both on the golf course and at your local miniature golf course.
- Improving your short game skills on mini golf courses requires creative shot selection of your short game to overcome obstacles and reach the goal efficiently. This translates into an improved ability to strategize and execute unconventional shots in difficult situations on an 18-hole course.
- Pressure situations: In mini golf, pressure situations can be simulated, such as playing against friends or trying to reach a certain score - or to overcome the annoying hole in the tube. Harnessing these competitive moments will improve performance in high-pressure scenarios on a regulatory course.
How to choose a putter
For weekend golfers and newcomers venturing into the world of golf, choosing the right putter is usually a special preference, explains Fischer. "Putter choice can have a huge impact on your shot, your feel and your overall confidence on the green," he says. "It's such an important decision because it's the club that a golfer uses the most during a round."
Length: There are three putter lengths: standard, long, and short. It's best to try each length to see what suits your body style and height.
Putter Head Design: Putter head design plays a crucial role in your putting performance and visual comfort. The design options are blade putters, mallet putters, and a hybrid style of the two.
- blade putter are a classic putter design that is very compact and has a traditionally shaped putter head.
- mallet putter have a larger, more forgiving head design that increases stability and promotes a more consistent shot.
- hybrid putter Models offer a balance between feel and forgiveness.
Handle: Putters can have traditional grips or oversized grips. Grip, along with other factors discussed, is a personal choice that can significantly affect your golf game.
Fish tip: The most important thing is to feel the putter in your hands and make sure the weighting suits your putting stroke and the aesthetic of the design suits your eye.