Tips from a Pro-Putter 101
1. Know the difference between Putt-Putt and mini golf. Mini golf starts before you even hit the greens. First things, first: are you at Putt-Putt or a miniature golf course? There’s a big strategic difference between the two styles, one that has a significant impact on how you approach the game.
Putt-Putt courses are designed for low-scoring games with a lot of holes-in-one. Miniature golf courses, Like Mr. Putty's incorporate wildly creative design features and lots of obstacles, so players are often trying to make the hole in a baseline of two shots. Knowing this crucial difference before you get started will help you strategize your approach to each hole. For example, you'd be less inclined to try—and fail—to shoot the ball under the hole 12 outhouse instead of the easier shot around it to the left.
2. Pick the right mini-golf putter. How do you know you’re using the correct putter? When you get into position, the top of the putter should hit you at about belt level, with your hands positioned near the middle of the grip. Have your own putter? Bring it. Steve W (Course champ) always does.
3. Take stock before you start. Before the first hole, take a walk around and get a feel for the lay of the land. Are there any water hazards? Slopes? “Balls generally will tend to break toward bodies of water and towards any dropoffs in the elevation of the land". Steve W says.
Before each hole, walk from the tee to the cup. This will help you note any obstacles, uneven surfaces, or other hazards. Take a look at the border, too; if you want to bounce the ball off an edge, you’ll want to avoid any uneven spots or gaps when you aim.
4. Pick a target. Steve W says picking a “very precise aiming spot” can boost your accuracy—but you’re not always aiming for a hole-in-one. Remember, as we said at the beginning, many mini-golf holes are designed to take you at least two strokes. So choose a very specific spot, whether it’s a scuff on the ground or a nick in the bricks. Draw a mental line from your ball to that spot.
5. Set yourself up for success. When you step up to the tee box your feet should be aligned with that mental line you’ve just envisioned. Keep the ball lined up with the inside edge of your forward foot (that will be the left foot if you’re right-handed, or the right foot if you’re left-handed). From here, your eyeline is crucial—direct your eyes right over that imaginary line.
6. Watch your speed. Before you start, try some test shots to get a feel for how fast the ball travels. If there’s not a practice green available like "Mr. Putty's Putt-Putt Practice (Hole 0)", then just pay close attention on your first few holes. Cut off your putt as soon as the ball starts moving. Depending on the surface, speed can vary widely from course to course—so what worked for you at Mr. Putty's Fun Park may not work at Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf in Myrtle Beach.