Pro Tip Perfect putt – Tandi Cuningham While power is king in most aspects of golf, it’s your enemy on the green. Here’s how to get a better feel for putting...
Whether it’s due to nerves or know-how, a very common mistake among amateur golfers is to mis-hit on putts - often because they’re rushing the stroke. It’s an easy mistake to make, but luckily also one that can be corrected. Tandi Cuningham, a ladies European Tour pro and assistant teaching pro at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, says tempo and timing is the key to good putting. Her trick to get it right? Using your imagination. “As you set up to the ball, get yourself feeling comfortable, and then imagine your putter as the pendulum of a great grandfather clock,” she says. When practising your putts, have your putter ticking back and forth as the pendulum - never rushing, and always at the same tempo. Then, when you take the actual stroke, keep this motion going and stroke softly. “People often mistakenly rush their stroke, causing a jerking motion and mis-hits,” says Tandi. Imagining your putter as a pendulum is a good way to get better control of it and to develop a good feel for your stroke. Soon, you’ll be putting like a tour pro yourself! BACK TO CONTENTS