Putting Tips while using your Laser Putt
Q: What is “proper alignment” and why is it important?
When a golfer steps up to any putt, they must decide upon an intended direction of the ball (based on the slope, dryness, and grain of the green and possibly the wind). Once this intended direction (or line) is chosen, then, the golfer should align their club and their feet perpendicular (at right angles) to this line. This is an important first step so the golfer can then just concentrate on making a smooth stroke and be confident that the ball will travel straight down their chosen line in the intended direction.
Q: How can I learn good foot and putter alignment?
Proper set-up, meaning perfect foot and putter alignment, should just be a matter of engaging in a proper practice routine so that the set-up is perfect and consistent every time. To build up consistency it is important to have some way to check that your alignment is actually as good as what you think it is. Many an amateur thinks they are lined-up correctly — when in fact they are not! The pros, of course, have personal coaches and numerous onlookers who help them correct any alignment issues.
Q: What is the “critical hitting zone” and why is it important?
The “critical hitting zone” is the small area behind and in front of the ball (approximately 10cm or 4 inches on either side of the ball) where it is critical for a golfer to make the putting stroke “on-line” through, if they want the ball to roll in the intended direction that they aligned themselves to at the beginning of their stroke. If the putter does not pass through the critical hitting zone squarely, then the ball will not roll on the intended path, and it may have unwanted spin put on it. Inconsistency and irregularity will result.
Q: How can I groove a good on-line stroke in the critical hitting zone?
In order to groove a good on-line stoke in the critical hitting zone it is very helpful to have some type of method to check that your stroke is indeed on-line in this area. Slow motion video is one method, but using a clear, bright, and easily to see visual aid can yield good results also, especially because the real-time feedback can help you make necessary adjustments.
Q: What is “swing balance” and why is it important?
“Swing balance” means that the length of the follow through is the same, or balanced, with the length of the backswing. This is especially important in the putting stroke, and has been well documented by putting guru Marius Filmalter, who studied over 55,000 putting strokes and discovered that…
Q: How can you practice and develop good swing balance?
To develop good swing balance you must simply check that the length of your follow through is the same, or balanced, with the length of your backswing. In order to do this it is helpful to have a clear, bright, and easily to see visual aid to help you to check.
Q: What are “pace,” “speed,” and “tempo” and how do they relate to putt distance?
“Pace” and “speed” both refer to the velocity of the golf ball after it has been struck by the putter. The higher the velocity… the faster the ball travels… and naturally, the farther it travels as well. Therefore, putt distance is a direct result of the pace or speed of the golf ball.
Q: What controls pace and speed?
It is generally accepted that the length of a putting backstroke should be the sole factor in determining the pace or speed of the golf ball. The faster you want to have the ball travel — the longer the length of a putting backstroke. Your putting stroke should always have the same evenly paced tempo, and your backstroke length should be the only thing changing the speed of the ball.
Q: How can I practice and develop good “distance control”?
“Distance control” refers to how well a golfer is able to judge and control the distance he or she putts the ball. This also is sometimes referred to as “feel”.
Q: Is there a direct relationship between backstroke length and putt distance?
Yes… or at least, there should be. Unfortunately, however, many amateur golfers fail to realize this and are not consistent in their execution of similar length putts, resulting in erratic putt distances.
Q: How can I practice and develop good backstroke length?
Q: What is “visualization” and how can it be used in golf and putting?
Visualization is also known as mental imagery and rehearsal. It is used as a training tool to improve the quality of athletic movement, increase the power of concentration, and serves to reduce the pressures of competition on the athlete while building athletic confidence. There is a powerful relationship between mental and physical performance in sport. The development of a wide range of mental powers, such as focus and concentration, elevates athletic performance.
Visualization is intended to take the athlete to an image that conveys what perfection represents in the particular aspect of the sport. During visualization, the brain is directing the target muscles to work in a desired way. This direction creates a neural pattern in the brain, a pattern identical to the network created by the actual physical performance of the movements. A neural pattern is similar to diagramming the specific wiring and circuits necessary to transmit an electrical current.
Q: How can I practice and develop good visualization skills?
If you can set aside some dedicated time to seeing yourself execute perfect putts, and have some system for making sure that those images are vivid and clear in your mind, then you will be able to make a conscious effort to record those powerful images in your mind.