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The Suburbanite
  • How to improve your putting skills

  • Early on in the season, one of the most important things you can do is get your putt back. Take some time to practice the short game.

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  • It’s time to dust off the clubs and shake the rust off your swing. Callaway’s official website www.callawaygolf.com, offers special tips and tricks for making the season a successful one.
    BACK TO BASICS
    Be patient. Your golf game will make a comeback. It will take some time to get back in the swing of things so don’t be disappointed if your first game is a doozy.
    “Be realistic, don’t expect to come out playing at the same level you ended playing the previous golf season,” Callaway director of fitting and instruction Randy Peterson stated on the company’s website. “Spend the majority of your early season practice time on your short game. After a long layoff, the touch shots — the ones requiring less than a full swing — are typically the shots that take the most time to regain control of.”
    PUTT-PUTT
    Early on in the season, one of the most important things you can do is get your putt back. Take some time to practice the short game.
    “Spend most of your practice putting time working on two specific areas: making putts of 10 feet and closer and hitting lag putts to develop your feel for distance control,” Peterson said.
    According to Peterson, the key to putt practice is simulating the kind of shots you would see on the course. Tapping a golf ball into a drinking glass over and over won’t be enough to get you ready for the season.
    “Hit putts that vary in both speed — uphill, downhill and flat — and break,” Peterson  said. “Prepare yourself to make putts similar to the ones you’ll have on the course. Don't stand in one place and repeat a stroke like a robot.”