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Putting: A Not-So-Basic Mini Golf Secret to Regular Golf

Mini golf equipment The difference between miniature golf and regular golf goes beyond size. Surprisingly, it’s not the difficulty levels either (and even that is up for debate).

The waterworks, slopes, and other obstacles found in mini golf parks like Mr. Putty’s Fun Park help develop a skill often overlooked in regular golf. This particular ability enhances the focus of the player and allows him or her to understand the course better.

‘Putting’ and Focus in Mini Golf

Putting is one of the most fundamental golf techniques to practice. It’s a golf stroke, commonly used with a club called a putter, which helps players focus on the course instead of the target hole. Before tournaments, golfers examine the grass to determine the amount of speed and force that will lead the ball to the hole.

Compared to being a pre-game warm-up in regular golf, the concept of putting is the central technique in mastering mini golf. In mini golf, you are always putting.

Mini golf pros have argued that regular golfers sometimes focus too much on the hole rather than the speed of the ball. Since mini golf is built on slopes and obstacles, pros always “read the green” to get a quick overview of how they will go about the course. Every curve determines which direction they will hit the golf ball and how much force they will exert.

Doing What Your Mind Wants You to Do

A huge part of putting requires translating the combination of deduction and analysis into movements. In mini golf, the goal is to get the ball to its destination in just two strokes. What pro mini golfers often do is visualize an imaginary line between the ball and the hole. With obstacles and slopes considered, golfers can determine the quickest way to get the ball to the hole.

After figuring out what needs to be done, all that’s left is to position the body to do it right. Experts advise that the lower body should remain still and to hit the ball in a pendulum motion. Your hands should also have a firm and proper grip on the club with the putt squarely facing the ball.

One should not be misled by the course of mini golf. The techniques used in this sport have an important bearing in the big courses. A strict observance of putting goes a long way in both mini golf and regular golf.

The late Harvey Penick even once said, “A man who can’t putt is a match for no one, a man who can is a match for anyone.”