The Preserve at Oak Meadows | Golf Center Des Plaines
Putting From Off the Green
There are many extra factors to consider when putting from off the green including turf length/condition, distance, slope, obstacles, and more. A lot of these tricky factors simply take practice to learn, but there are a few fundamentals to help you as you gain experience with this shot. First, use your regular putter grip. Regardless of the lie, you’re still making a putting stroke, so use whatever grip you would use if you were on the green. Next, stand a little taller at address. This allows your arms to swing more freely and get an extra bit of momentum into the golf ball. It is also important to not hit down on the ball. Instead, set up with your hands even with or slightly behind the golf ball to add a touch of loft. This will help the ball avoid getting caught in the turf. Finally, as with all putts, make sure your backswing and follow through lengths match. For a longer putt, take the putter back a little further, but make sure your follow through travels the same distance. Keep these things in mind to help yourself nestle more putts up close from off the green!
Hitting Into the Wind
Like many aspects of golf, there are multiple ways to approach hitting shots into the wind. One is to flight the ball on a piercing trajectory that cuts through the breeze nicely. Another, perhaps easier method to hitting solid wind-beaters, is pulling a longer club and swinging easy.
Because, when many golfers are faced with shots into the wind, their first instinct is often to hit the same club as they normally would and swing as hard as possible. However, that can add unwanted spin to the ball and more directional variability, meaning it immediately balloons up in the air and lands short and likely offline.
So, by taking one or two more clubs (a 5 or 6 iron, instead of a 7), moving the ball slightly farther back in your stance at address (the width of a ball or two) and maintaining a smooth swing instead of going all out, both spin and launch will remain low and the shot will be less affected by the wind.
The simple point? Instead of swinging for the fences when it’s windy out, force yourself to pull a longer club and swing less than full to keep the ball below the breeze!