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Shae Killey3 years ago

Townsville golfers, start sinking more putts!

Are having trouble putting the ball in the hole? We all spend most of our time practising drives and approach shots, when putting is the only type of shot we use on every hole. It seems simple enough—just tap it in, right? Putting may be one of the easiest shots to learn, but it's the hardest to master. There's no worse feeling than landing your first shot on the green, only to 3 putt and bogey. Putting is a delicate mix of muscle control, depth perception and mental focus; if you're struggling to get your head around this, we're here to help with a few handy hints.

Get it right


Before you attempt to master the putt, you need to get the fundamentals right. Head to your local Townsville golf course for a lesson and have them teach you the correct putting grip, ball positions and swing techniques. If you’re using the wrong techniques, the amount you practise will be irrelevant.

Practise your putting, a lot…


While you’ve probably clicked on this article hoping to find a quick fix to your putting woes, unfortunately this doesn’t exist. The secret to putting comes with practise. For the average social golfer, around 30 to 40 per cent of their total shots will be with the putter—compared to around 15 per cent with the driver. Since a lot of putting is judgement and feel-based, the more putts you make, the better your skills will develop.

Learn to read a green


You can be the most accurate putter in the world, but if you can’t read a green, you’ll find yourself 3 putting more often than not. Every green has different characteristics; from varied gradients and textures to moisture levels and topography, there are a number of factors affecting the path of your ball. If you’re eye can’t naturally see these variations, it might be worth seeking some green-reading help from a golfing professional.

Don’t go for the miracle putt


If you’ve got a massive putt ahead of you, many people make the mistake of going for the hole. This can often result in you smashing it long and 3 putting. Always aim short of the hole for long putts and you will find yourself 2 putting a lot more.

Learn to stroke a straight putt


A common mistake people make is hitting the ball like they do with their other clubs. Putting requires a lot more finesse. You want to stroke the putt, so the ball stays grounded its entire journey. Once you’ve mastered this, find a part of the practise green that has no slope and keep putting until you’ve mastered the straight putt from 5, 10 and 15 feet. Having confidence that you can hit the ball straight when required is key.

Test yourself under pressure

While you might think you’re starting to master the putt, a little bit of pressure and some more challenging greens at your local golf course can really put you under the pump. Call your mates up and head for a round at one of these popular Townsville Golf Courses below.

Rowes Bay Golf Club

Come and play, Rowes Bay Golf Club - Townsville
Come and play, Rowes Bay Golf Club – Townsville

With a beautiful beachfront location, you can enjoy majestic views to go along with a first-class course at Rowes Bay Golf Club. Suitable for golfers of all abilities, this challenging yet fun 18-hole championship course is the perfect place to put your golfing abilities to the test. Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more laidback? Home to Townsville’s only par-3 course, you can enjoy a bit of social golf with some mates for a few laughs and a bit of fun. With lessons also available, Rowes Bay Golf Club is great for any golfer looking to improve their game.
Where: Emmerson St Pallarenda Townsville QLD

Townsville Golf Club

Green fairways, Townsville Golf Club - Townsville
Green fairways, Townsville Golf Club – Townsville

Established in 1893, Townsville Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Queensland and is a truly iconic place to play. With a range of beautiful facilities, a picturesque course and friendly members, you’ll feel right at home from the minute you step inside this popular club. Whether you’re an avid golfer or you just want to have some fun, you’ll love the unique layout this course provides. If you’re looking for an affordable location that’s steeped in history fro your round, book a tee time at Townsville Golf Club.
Where: Benson St Rosslea Townsville QLD

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Do you have any of your own tips when it comes to improving your putting? Share your secrets in the comments below!