It doesn’t matter how beautifully you hit your iron or how far your drive travels off the tee. What’s the point if you can’t put the ball in the hole? If you are a great putter, it will definitely take your golf to the next level and take pressure off other parts of your game.
Just looking at the average putting stats on the LPGA Tour in 2023, you might think No. 1 ranked 21-year-old Yaeun Hong is the best in the world (see top 10 below), but she only played one match. I haven’t. There are 33 tournaments this season.
Statistics aside, I picked some of the best female players in the world and found out why they shine with the short stick.
Reading Greens – Ruoning Ying
Being able to read the greens is important. Whether it’s simply seeing the lines or using aimpoints (used by Lydia Coe and Charlie Hull to name a few), the ability to see where the ground is and see the big picture is essential. It’s essential.
Green reading effectively begins from the fairway as the player approaches the green. Considering both sides of the green and the natural topography of the land will tell you where the ball will roll on the putting surface. Seeing that line and committing to it is what the world number two’s Ruoning ying shows brilliantly. She’s tenacious, has major experience this season, racks up her birdie putts and has her hunger to win. This gritty attitude helps when reading the green, seeing the line and trusting it.
Distance Control – Anna Nordqvist
Distance control is something that almost needs to be programmed subconsciously. A player with a formidable lag putter is a player with a very sensitive dial to control distance. This doesn’t happen by chance, these players have it hammered into their system, but I believe some players just have the ability to feel how much to give a putt. But I feel it at the same time. Amateurs underestimate how much these pros practice long putts, especially during practice rounds.
One of the best at determining distance is Anna Nordqvist. He has the nicest touch on the greens, especially when putting from far off the green. This is a testament to Anna’s steely focus and why she is one of the best.
Work on your routine – Georgia Hall
Staying focused and not getting distracted seems like an obvious characteristic that all good putters have in common. I often talk about muting the noise around you and having a “quiet eye” so you can focus on the putt in your hand rather than the approaching greenkeeper or your still chatting playing partner. I talk.
Players whose eyes are busy and distracted from one shot to the next often find their putts slipping away. Executing your pre-shot routine without hesitation will help you have more success on the green. Georgia Hall is a great example of having tunnel vision and sticking to your routine no matter how long it takes to achieve it.
Charlie Hull has ADHD and is easily distracted, so he uses Aimpoint to help him mentally focus on the task at hand and stick to a routine. Having a system is like a call to action. Both players average fewer putts a round than his 30, proving their place in the LPGA rankings. If you’re having trouble concentrating, try saying “tick-tock” as you putt. Nothing else comes to mind and the rhythm and smooth acceleration are maintained.
Stroke like a machine – Nasa Hataoka
A player who makes few mistakes with steady, repetitive strokes will always land a birdie with an arrow-like approach shot. I’m very impressed with Japanese player Nasa Hataoka, who holed 11 consecutive putts after hitting a laser-like approach shot in the first round of the late-season CME Group Tour Championship. She carded a 63, her putter on fire, and a stroke so consistent it shook the nerves of those who played against her in her match play.
One thing Nasa and other top putters do to create stability is not look up until the ball has traveled at least 4 feet. If your stroke is steady and unwavering, you’ll be able to hole out more. Anyone looking at the expected route of the putt as it leaves the face will have a question in their mind and suspect that the clubface is no longer square. Here are some tips to help you hit the ball home more often.
Adjustment is the key – Daniel Kang
Using an alignment tool on the ball can be very helpful in enhancing the putting process of stroking the putter up and down the line. A player who has had great success using line on the ball is Danielle Kang, who ranks second in her LPGA average putting rankings. Even if her performance at the Solheim Cup was reasonable, she won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. In her recent work with Butch Harmon, she learned not to cry when milk is spilled, to get the job done. Make sure she focuses on what she does well and doesn’t lose energy on things that might irritate some people.
Release all tension – Aliya Jutangaan
Players like Ariya Jutangwan, who always have a smile on their faces, rarely feel nervous. In your pre-shoot routine, a smile is an anchor that lets you know you’re ready and grateful. She tried hard to find happiness on her course after experiencing a dip in her mood during her rookie year on the LPGA (2015). She turned to Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott at Vision54 in Scottsdale for help. They helped her with the “human” process and encouraged her habit of celebrating why she loves golf rather than chasing wins. Wow, did it pay off. Just like Aliya, if you smile, you won’t be nervous.
Park your misputt and move on – Lydia Ko
It’s a gift to be able to focus on the putt you’re about to hole, and just focus on that putt. The key to being unbeatable on the green is being able to forget your past putt mistakes and make a 5-foot putt on the next hole without hesitation. Not having to worry about bad putts means quick recovery and incredible damage limitation.
Lydia Ko has long been considered one of the top putters in the game. Although her performance on the LPGA Tour this season has been unremarkable, her putting has been very consistent, ranking fourth in average putting statistics. Professional players must have the ability to quickly recover from hiccups and move on to the next step. Amateurs can learn from professionals. It comes down to sticking to a routine and being intensely focused on the task at hand.
Self-Belief – Alison Lee
To become a great putter, you have to believe that you can hole from anywhere. The ball goes in and that’s it. This confidence often translates into hitting the green, but to get it you first need to see the putts going in regularly. A solid practice plan will help you succeed in everything. Confidence comes not only from physical success, but also from encouragement from others.
Alison Lee is on fire on the course right now, averaging a 65 over her last 12 rounds. That’s insane. She has a mentor in Fred Couples who always tells her in her ear that she’s great and she believes it now. When she receives that energy from another person, the hole becomes like a magnet for the ball. She feels invincible.
Putting Average – LPGA Tour 2023
- Eun Hong – 33* – 28.12
- Daniel Kang – 71 – 28.74
- Minami Katsu – 74 – 28.92
- Lydia Ko – 71 – 28.92
- Pabarisa Yoktuan – 64 – 29.00
- Lee Jeong Eun 6 – 73 – 29.07
- Manon de Roey – 31 – 29.10
- Dottie Aldina – 42 – 29.11
- Lin Xiu – 79 – 29.16
- Anna Belak – 27 – 29.22
*Total number of play rounds