Golf Putting Tip: Don’t Look Up, Listen for the Ball to Drop Instead

By | January 25, 2020

Symptom: You are often looking up right after you hit your putt.  You should listen for the ball to drop instead.

Overview: Keep your head down until well after your putterhead strikes the golf ball.  In the extreme case, and for short putts, do not watch the ball go in the hole.  Listen for it to go in the hole instead.

Sergio Garcia Head still down after striking putt listen for the ball to drop

Sergio Garcia keeps his head still well after he strikes the putt.

Why it works: By not allowing yourself to watch the ball go in the hole, you will keep your head still throughout the swing and during impact. This, in turn, prevents you from swiping across the ball from outside-to-in, imparting sidespin, and causing the ball to leak off to the right.

“Listen for the Ball to Drop” is a Positive Thought

Listening for the ball to drop is both a positive thought (always very important on the golf course!).  It is also a way to ensure your head stays still during the stroke.

Have a look at Sergio Garcia winning the Masters in 2017.  Please notice how his head stays down until well after contact, and the ball is four or five feet from it’s starting point.  That’s the way it should look — head down until well after contact.  Have a look:

You may find this tip harder to follow on putts with a lot of break, because your aiming point will be outside the cup.  Don’t succumb to the “mini-golf effect”.  This is where you want to see the ball curving on it’s way to the hole.  Be disciplined and listen for the ball to drop instead.  You will be writing smaller numbers on your scorecard, and smiling more!

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