You drive for show and you putt for dough.
That’s how the old saying goes and it is essentially true. You can have an incredible day off the tee at EN Golf Club and still come in with a bad score because of poor play on the greens. You can also have a terrible day driving the ball and still save your round with the putter. Putting is arguably the most essential part of your game on any Myrtle Beach golf course. Remember, in golf a 300-yard drive is worth the same as a 3-inch putt.
Let’s start with the putter. There are many different kinds of putters in the market these days–big ones, small ones, skinny ones, fat ones, wide ones, long ones, short ones–and you need to know what’s best for you. Do you prefer the classic look of a thin blade putter or the modern, less conservative look of a larger mallet putter? Do you like the normal length of your standard putter or would you rather have a belly putter, where the grip rests against your belly in order to make the putting stroke steady? There’s even the option of a long putter, where the left hand grips in a similar fashion to a broom. Choose what you like! When you’re buying your putter, however, it is to your benefit to have it fitted to you. If you’ve purchased your putter in a golf store, most likely they will offer club fitting as well, although it will cost a little extra.
Once you have the proper putter, you can begin to work on mechanics. When you take your stance on a Myrtle Beach golf course, your nose should be directly over the ball. A good way to check this is to take another ball, hold it on the tip of your nose and once you’ve taken your stance, drop it. If the dropped ball hits the ball you’re addressing, then you are in the proper position. Your body should be relaxed, with your lower body giving you a steady foundation.
The putting stroke itself is solely in the shoulders, arms and hands. Nothing else should move in your stroke. The shoulders move the club; the arms and hands function as an extension of the club, meaning they should be kept steady, but not tense. Think of your putting stroke as the pendulum of an old grandfather clock, swinging back and forth as one unit. Ensure that as you swing through and hit the ball, you are not pulling up on the ball, which can happen as a result of being too eager to see where your ball is headed. This can result in pulled putts and misses left for right-handers and misses right for left-handers. Keep these tips in mind and those little holes at EN Golf Club will start to look like buckets in no time.
Of course, even with the proper putting stroke, everyone has their on and off days on the greens. Miraculous putting has led golfers to an under-par back nine after a shaky front side. If your putting is off one day, don’t worry! Check your mechanics and hopefully the putts will fall for you next time. Without a proper stroke, however, those putts may never start to fall. The putting stroke is the simplest swing in all of golf, but sometimes even the simplest things can be the most challenging in this humble game.