The greens await in EA Sports PGA Tour, with our putting guide designed to help you sink your shot every time!
It may seem simple, but putting is far from it in the latest title, and can cause lots of frustration if you run up a high scorecard after making the green under regulation.
Check out our EA Sports PGA Tour putting guide below to finish your holes with finesse.
EA Sports PGA Tour Putting Guide
You've put in lots of hard work to get on the green, now it's time to finish off the hole with a strong putt.
This could be the difference between going under par and collecting a trophy, or bottling it and walking away with nothing - so make sure you know how to put those putts away!
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As with all shots in EA Sports PGA Tour, putting will be split into the Pre-Address and Address.
The Pre-Addess is where you first set up your shot. There is less input needed here than on other shots, only needing to position your aim and select from a couple of shot types - either putting if on the green or a Texas Wedge if off it (you can also use a wedge from on the green, but we wouldn't be so uncouth!).
There will be fewer factors to impact your shot when putting, however, precision is key, making it one of the toughest skills to master.
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The main factors that will impact your putting in EA Sports PGA Tour are as follows:
- Shot type
- Slope of the terrain
- Golfer, club, and ball attributes
- Swing execution
- Ball Reactions depending on terrain type and course conditions
Once you have planned your putt to perfection in EA Sports PGA Tour, it's time to stroke it in.
You aren't doing anything fancy here, with no draw or fade added to complicate things. All you have to do is a smooth, straight stroke - which can be harder than it sounds!
There will be a marker on your golfer's swing meter which is where you should be aiming to change from your backswing (pulling back on the stick) to a forward swing (pushing the stick forward).
You will receive feedback on all the shots you play, allowing you to adjust your style until your tempo is perfect!
Remember that different players will have different swing speed tempos, ranging from slowest, through slower, normal and faster, up to fastest.
The animation of the golfer's swing will guide you as to how to time your shot and is something that must be learned as you play.
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EA Sports PGA Tour Putting Tips
We can give you the basics of how best to line up your putt, but the main thing that will impact your shot is the course itself.
Some will have firm greens, others soft; some will be relatively flat, and others (looking at you Augusta) will have terrifying slopes!
These factors will change not just how hard you need to hit your putt, but also the line you need to take when on a slope, with the ball slipping off-line greater depending on the course, and even on different greens of the same course.
The main things to note when putting are:
- Shot Type: Most of the time you will just use the Putt shot type, however, if you are not on the green or the fringe look to use a Texas Wedge.
- Slope of the Terrain: The slope of the putting surface can affect the speed and direction of the ball. Putts hit uphill will typically be slower and break more, while putts hit downhill will be faster and break less.
- Break: Identify any breaks or undulations on the green. These can cause the ball to curve or change direction as it rolls.
- Terrain Type & Course Conditions: The type of putting surface and course conditions can affect the way the ball reacts on impact and rolls on the green. For example, a wet or bumpy green may cause the ball to skid or bounce unpredictably, while a dry and smooth green will typically allow for a truer roll.
- Green Speed: Faster greens require a softer touch, while slower greens may need a firmer stroke.
- Visualize: Visualize your shot and imagine the path of the ball from your starting position to the hole.
- Stroke Execution: The swing speed, tempo, and stroke path can all affect your putt. A faster swing speed may produce more spin and a truer roll on the green, while a slower swing speed may produce less spin and a softer roll. Use a consistent and smooth putting stroke, maintaining a smooth and controlled follow-through.