The Best Books To Improve Your Putting
The old golf adage of "You Drive For Show and Putt For Dough" is as true today as in any other time in golfing history. As technology has improved, with players of all handicaps hitting the ball longer, straighter and with greater consistency with today's modern monster headed drivers and more forgiving irons, across the golfing spectrum handicaps there has not been a significant drop in golf handicaps. This is because on average 40% of golf shots are made using the flat stick. Technology has not greatly improved putters therefore golfers are still taking the same amount of putts as they did 20 years ago. The greatest difficulty with putting is that it is equally a physical and mental challenge, to consistently putt well, golfers need to master both the mechanics of making a repeatable putting stroke and the mental aspects of judging line, speed, feel all while maintaining confidence. Your playing partner may be able to out drive you by 20 yards, but following the tips and advice in these two books will ensure it's you who is smiling as your walk off the 18th green with his money in your wallet again.
Pelz's putting bible is the golfing industries bible on not only the mechanics of the putting stroke, but on reading green conditions. Famous for helping Phil Mickelson achieve the best short game on the PGA tour and putting coach to many famous golf professionals, Pelz uses his scientific background from his days working at NASA coupled with his love of golf to produce the most scientific analysis of all aspects of putting. Don't let this scientific approach scare you, Pelz has the rare gift of explaining his scientific methods and reasoning to the common man and his writing is easy for all golf fans to read.
Although his Putting Bible is enormous, it is best taken in small digestible chunks. Dave will teach you how to grip the putter, monitor your stance and make an easy, repeatable putting stroke that will hold together under pressure. He will explain methods to accurately determine how much the ball will break on the green, how slopes will effect your ball and how the ball will react depending on if it is going uphill, downhill, up-grain or down-grain. He will even scientifically show you why you should leave the flag in when chipping or putting from off the green and a simple method of determining the speed of the greens from practicing on the practice green.
This wonderful golf book is highlighted with lots of detailed color photos, further enforcing the teaching methods Pelz is showing. A detailed series of practice drills is also included, to help you take the Pelz's teaching from your home to the golf course. The book is essential reading for golf players of all levels and makes a fantastic reference book for the future, as the concepts and lessons covered in this book will not become out dated.
As all golfers have learnt the hard way, determining which way the ball is going to break and the mechanics of the putting stroke are only half the battle to becoming a good and consistent putter. Everyone has had terrific putting rounds, where their mind has been clear, the line the ball needs to take to the hole looks like it is drawn on the green and the cup is the size of a KFC bucket. Dr Rottella in his Putting Out Of Your Mind book shows you not only the mental steps needed to putt at your best, but more importantly, teaches you how to use the power of your mind to putt consistently even when you are having a bad day. This book changed my golfing game and made me re-evaluate how I putted when I was playing competitive golf. Before reading Putting Out Of Your Mind, I had great days where I couldn't miss, but much more often, after missing putts, especially early in my round, I would start focusing on my putting technique. Dr Rotella taught me that this is the worst possible thing I could have done for my game. Off the course and during practice rounds is when to focus on technique. On the course, you need to get "out of the way of your brain" and let your subconscious do the work for you. Your subconscious picks up for more visual cues then your conscious mind, and is far more likely to determine the correct line and pace to make your putt. By focusing on the result rather than the actions of the putting stroke itself will clear the mind and relax the body, allowing the subconscious mind make the best possible stroke.
Dr Rotella proves how even if the conscious mind makes a mistake in the judgement of the putt, if allowed the subconscious can take corrective actions to maximize the chances of the little white pill dropping to the bottom of the cup. My enjoyment of putting and therefore golf itself improved out of sight after reading this well written and concise book and even after the first read, my putting consistently improved out of sight, with more great putting days and significantly less horror putting displays.
By improving all aspects of your understanding of putting with the physical and mental teachings covered in these two books is guaranteed to improve your putting consistency, leading to better scores, greater enjoyment and bragging rights over your golfing partners. Even after an initial read through, both books are perfectly suited to be picked up and read a chapter at random which will help reinforce the key concepts and tips taught within. Once you have read these two books, your regular four-some won't thankyou but your golf game and sanity certainly will.
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