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Mel Sole has 30 years experience teaching golf and is co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, USA



Golf Tip

Learn to Practice Your Putting at Home

by Mel Sole

This time of year we are looking forward to playing golf again in the spring. Whether you live in colder climates or get home from work too late to slip down to the course for a little practice, there is now a great opportunity to work on that putting stroke, and improve it once and for all. None of us want to make a change to our putting stroke during the season just in case it ruins rather that improves our score. However, we now have a while before the season starts to perfect the stroke without worrying about score, only the correct stroke.

Picture #1

Picture #2

In picture #1 I have set up two 3’x2"x4" boards, standing them on the 2" side so that I have a high wall on either side. The width is determined by the width of your putter. Leave only a very small margin of error on each side. The cup is set up approx. 10 feet away (you do not want to practice longer putts, as this will effect your feel for long putts next spring). In picture #2 I am making sure that my eyes are directly over the ball by holding the putter on the bridge of my nose and making sure the shaft falls directly over the ball.

Picture #3

Picture #4

Goals :
  • To get the putter head moving between the boards without touching
  • To finish the stroke with the putter face still at 90 degrees to your intended line, as in picture #3 and not with the toe out in front of the heel as in Picture #4
  • To set yourself a target of holing at least 50 in a row. This will build the self-confidence in your subconscious to make it believe that you cannot miss from that range.
Mel Sole is a former South African Tour player with about 30 years of teaching experience. He is the co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, which is rated one of the 25 best golf schools in the U.S. Mel's home course is Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Other Ritson-Sole Golf Schools are located in Wilmington, N.C., Atlanta, Blue Springs, Mo., Harrisburg, Pa., and San Sebastián de Amola, México. You can visit the Ritson-Sole Website at www.ritson-sole.com.



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