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Five Tips for Maximizing Your Experience in Greater Zion

Make the Most of Your Time in Greater Zion

Unsurprisingly, recent data shows that more people than ever are visiting national parks. With Zion National Park, four state parks and unlimited outdoor pursuits, Greater Zion has welcomed an influx of adventure-seeking visitors over the last two years. As you plan your dream vacation to the region, here are five key tips that will help you maximize your experience.

rock climbing in snow canyon state park

Rock Climbing in Snow Canyon State Park

Book in Advance

Although it can be fun to be spontaneous, it’s always best to be prepared and plan ahead. Whether it comes to your hotel, activities or even dinner reservations, booking it ahead of time will allow you to plan your itinerary more efficiently. With hotels and outfitters selling out weeks in advance, we recommend securing reservations at least three weeks – if not a month – prior to your vacation.

Be Prepared & Know Before You Go

Knowledge is key, so doing your research ahead of time is one of the best practices when vacation planning. Before you arrive, we recommend you become aware of trail closures, activity permits and state park boating rules and regulations. It’s also never a bad idea to check the weather ahead of time, so you can plan to bring extra water and sunscreen in the heat or extra layers in the cold. Also be aware of fire restrictions, heat advisories, flash flood warning and more. For more travel tools to assist in planning, visit our travel tools page.

Another great resource is the Greater Zion app, which provides current national park conditions and travel insights. This app is connected to sensors inside the national park for live data and visitor tips for navigating entrance stations, parking and shuttle services. Travelers can glimpse the level of visitation at park entrances, estimated wait times and resources to plan adventures. Real-time data allows travelers to optimize their days and times when visiting the park and popular trails.

Hire Local Experts

Greater Zion is filled with amazing outfitters who can take travelers to little-known areas or maximize their experience in popular spots. For example, Yankee Doodle Canyon is a popular spot for canyoneering, but some guides will take clients to even more spectacular spots that aren’t on a map. They often will ask clients to turn off their phone GPS to keep these locations undiscovered.

Guides not only allow travelers to try something new, but they also provide local insight into the history of the region, trail lore and fun facts about Greater Zion. From canyoneering to hiking, mountain biking and OHV guides, there is an expert to help travelers try something new or get more out of their vacation experience. Most of the activities on our Things to Do page contain lists of outfitters and guides.

Woman canyoneering near Zion National Park

Canyoneering near Zion National Park

Escape the Crowds

Zion National Park is the third most visited park in the United States, but it’s only one part of the Greater Zion experience. For an even greater experience, we encourage you to not only visit the national park, but to spend even more time exploring the surrounding area.

Greater Zion offers four state parks, hiking and canyoneering as well as reservoirs for boating and other water sports, Sand Mountain for OHV, 13 golf courses and so much more. With miles and miles of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to explore, which don’t require a fee to access, the list of things to see and do outside of Zion National Park just gets longer and longer. Joshua Tree National Landmark, just southwest of St. George, features the Dr. Seuss-like cactus tree and Water Canyon, located on the backside of Zion National Park, offers amazing views, great hiking and hidden arches and rock formations.

If you’re keen on visiting the national park, but want to avoid the crowds as much as possible, consider exploring some of the lesser-known areas such as Kolob Terrace and Kolob Canyons. Or, consider accessing the national park during alternative times. Historically, morning and late afternoon have been busier times to access Zion Canyon. Look at alternative times of day and consider a mid-week visit to experience the park.

More information on hikes inside and outside of the park is available at trails.greaterzion.com. The site not only provides hiking recommendations, but insights on bike, OHV and horseback riding trail options.

Explore All Things Local

Take time to get to know the communities that make up Greater Zion such as St. George, Hurricane Valley, and Springdale. Explore local museums, visit historic sites or attend a theater performance. There also are local events such as Saturday farmers’ markets in both St. George and Hurricane or the Saturday Market at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, as well as live evening theater at Tuacahn, community venues or St. George Musical Theater.

As you hit the area, consider stopping in to the Greater Zion Visitor Information Center in downtown St. George to pick up maps, information on historic walking tours, and more resources.

Outdoor theatre

Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Now, get planning and we’ll see you in Greater Zion real soon!

Health and Safety Procedures Regarding COVID-19

Like our government and healthcare leaders, we strongly encourage everyone to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home. It’s all part of Staying Greater. As we try to flatten the curve, we recommend still getting out to explore this beautiful place in which we live, but doing it safely. For your safety and that of others.

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Stay-at-home order

According to Intermountain Healthcare, “stay-at-home” means only going out for necessities like food and medical care. But it also means, “you can still go outside … do yard work, go on a hike, but be responsible and practice social distancing.” If you’re healthy yourself, you aren’t under strict house arrest, but smarts and consideration are necessary.

Avoid other people

In the state of Utah, Governor Herbert has said, “Do not go to or engage in activities at a state park located outside the county in which you reside.” The same should apply to any outdoor destinations at this time; stay within your county. Maintain at least six feet of space from other people, even when outside. If you come to a hiking trailhead that is nearly full, move on to a less crowded trail. You can find many lesser known trails at Trails.GreaterZion.com.

Avoid high-risk activities

If an outdoor activity has a high risk of injury or will require medical staff to assist you in the event of an accident, then avoid that activity. Medical facilities are already in overdrive with COVID-19 related concerns. Choose wisely the activities in which you participate.

Staying Greater

As a tourism office, we have turned our attention away from inviting visitors to the area. Instead, we’re focusing on the residents and businesses of Greater Zion. There are ways you can stay active and be outside that are safe while also helping our local economy. Cycling is still a great way to be healthy outdoors, and many of Greater Zion’s bike shops remain open while taking health precautions. Shops may be operating curbside or by appointment, like the St. George Bicycle Collective.

Learn more about ways to Stay Greater on our website, and look for the #StayGreater hashtag on Facebook and Instagram.

Continue to be smart and cautious, but don’t rob yourself of quality time in beautiful Greater Zion. It will boost your mood and your immune system to remain active. Share your experiences with us on social media and use the hashtag #staygreater.

How Zion National Park helped put Utah at ‘center of scenic America’ 100 years ago

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series reviewing Utah and U.S. history for KSL.com’s Historic section.

SPRINGDALE, Washington County — On Nov. 19, 1919, Congress approved a measure that created Zion National Park, Utah’s first national park.

While the landscape hasn’t changed much over the past century, its popularity has drastically changed since it became a national park. In fact, newspaper reports from the time state only a few hundred visitors came to the area before the designation. It’s since become one of the most beloved national parks and attracts millions of visitors from across the world every year.

Here’s how the park’s change in designation sparked a change in visitation and put Utah’s natural beauty on the map.

Before Zion National Park

To state the obvious, the story of the park begins well before it was actually a park. The land was formed ages ago, and humans have been tied to the landscape since at least 6000 B.C. In fact, the land is filled with artifacts and petroglyphs from four cultural periods, as noted by ZionNationalPark.com.

The United States established its first national park in 1872, as Yellowstone was designated by Congress. By November 1919, there were few more than a dozen national parks across the country. Acadia in Maine and the Grand Canyon in Arizona had been established as national parks earlier in the year.

The path to Zion National Park began when some of its current land was designated as Mukuntuweap National Monument by President William Howard Taft in 1909, following a federal land survey the prior year. The name came from what the Southern Paiute tribe word for the region, which translates to “straight canyon,” according to a history of the park compiled by the National Park Service.

As the agency noted, Taft’s proclamation set 16,000 acres aside to preserve the land’s “many natural features of unusual archaeologic, geologic, and geographic interest” and because of its “labyrinth of remarkable canyons with highly ornate and beautifully colored walls, in which are plainly recorded the geological events of past ages.”

In 1918, nearly a decade after it was established, the park was renamed Zion National Monument, but it still wasn’t as popular as it is today. A Salt Lake Herald article republished in the Washington County News in early November 1919 pointed out that about 450 people visited the canyon in 1918. However, it added: “Next year, (National Park Association) predicts thousands will see this wonderful canyon as a result of recent advertising.”

Utah’s first national park

Congress designated Zion National Park on Nov. 19, 1919. The bill stated the land “is hereby declared to be a national park and dedicated as such for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, under the name of the Zion National Park.”

Several newspaper reports from the time indicate President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill three days later and there was a gala in Salt Lake City celebrating the designation on Nov. 24, 1919. It was also well-publicized that Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, and a photographer and lecturer named Herbert Gleason, made a trip to the park for the first time about the same time it was designated.

Paraphrasing comments Mather and Gleason made to the press after the trip, the Deseret News wrote the men had said, “the people of Utah are blind, if they do not develop and advertise to the world the wonders of Zion and Bryce’s canyons,” in a Nov. 24, 1919, edition of the newspaper. Bryce Canyon would later become the state’s second national park in 1928.

“Nowhere in the world could a more picturesque sight be seen, said Mr. Gleason, and the pity of it is that many people who live in the vicinity of these natural wonders do not pay a visit to them occasionally,” the story continued.

According to a Nov. 25, 1919, edition of the Salt Lake Telegram, more than 250 top regional business figures attended a Salt Lake City gala for the park. There, a slogan “Utah, the center of the scenic America” was celebrated.

“Utah can well adopt the slogan, according to Howard H. Hays, general manager of the Yellowstone Park Camping company, who was one of the speakers,” the newspaper reported at the time. “He said that the great scenic section of western America begins at Denver on the east and ends at Yosemite on the west; with Glacier National Park on the north and Grand Canyon National Park on the south — and Salt Lake is the center of all of it.”

Growth in size and popularity

Zion National Park is more than 230 square miles of red rock and other natural splendor, but not all of the current park was covered by the original designation. A map that was given to newspapers at the time shows that popular features like Towers of the Virgin and The Narrows were a part of the original park.

In 1937, a separate Zion National Monument was designated to protect the Kolob Canyons to the northwest of the original park. The monument was later absorbed into the park in 1956.

Today, it’s obvious that the state took heed to Mather’s comments. The “Mighty Five” campaign launched in 2013 to advertise the state’s five traditional national parks. Since then, park visitation has skyrocketed from 2.8 million in 2013 to an average of more than 4 million visitors every year since 2016. Zion reached that mark again this year after more than 400,000 people visited it in October.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah released a report last week noting that in 2018, 10 million people visited national parks in Utah alone, pumping $9.75 billion into the state economy.

One hundred years after becoming a national park, the slogan from the Zion National Park inaugural celebration appears as fitting as ever as more and more people come to visit Utah’s picturesque landscape. Utah and Zion seem to remain in the center of scenic America.

An airport runway that was expected to last 20 years will be torn apart and redone after less than half of that time has passed, generating the obvious question: How could this have happened?

After only eight years of use, the runway at the St. George Regional Airport is scheduled to be excavated, repaired and repaved — causing the airport to close its doors for four months this summer.

St. George Regional Airport will close May 29 while an excavation team digs 17 feet underneath the runway to remove Southern Utah’s infamous and destructive blue clay from beneath its surface. The project is expected to last around 120 days, with the grand reopening scheduled for Sept. 26.

The Bright Future and Growth of Greater Zion

If you had suggested to early explorers that one day tourism would be one of the largest private sector employment groups in this area, they would have laughed you off the expedition trail. In the mid-1800s, Parley P. Pratt called this area a “poor and worthless” place. He described it as “a country in ruins turned inside out and upside down by terrible convulsions in some former age.” Today, people from all over the world are flocking to experience this “country in ruins,” and with them come millions of dollars in economic prosperity.

The transition in public perception got started back in 1909. That’s when President William Howard Taft traveled the bumpy roads to the tiny town of Springdale to designate the Zion Canyon area as Mukuntuweap National Monument. Ten years after the dedication, the National Park Service changed the name to Zion National Monument and a short time later, expanded the boundaries to make it a national park. In 2017, Zion became the third most visited national park in the country, welcoming 4.5 million visitors.

Access to air conditioning in the late 1950s played another big part in the transition. Then, in the early 1960s, a group of city fathers came up with the controversial concept of creating a golf course in St. George. Traditional farmers were taken back by the idea, thinking it was a travesty to use vital water for recreation, but in 1965, Dixie Red Hills Golf Course opened and started Washington County’s transformation to a golf destination.

Sporting events, such as the St. George Marathon (1977) and Huntsman World Senior Games (1987), helped change the image of the community to a more active recreational mecca. In 2010, the IRONMAN Triathlon exposed our striking landscapes to a global audience of endurance and outdoor recreation fanatics like never before. By hosting these events, we introduce new visitors to the area, and because of the welcoming attitude of our communities, they want to come back. 80 percent of first-time participants say they plan to return for a vacation.

With the proliferation of social media and internet marketing capabilities, the colors and contrasts of the area are being shared all over the world. People like what they see in southern Utah, and when they come here, they like what they experience. Today, the “poor and worthless” lands of Washington County are some of the most enviable places to visit in the country.

Tourism is a dynamic economic driver that infuses fresh revenue into the local economy from outside sources. It is also a prime component in Governor Herbert’s economic development plan. When visitors stay in local hotels, they pay a transient room tax (TRT). The hotel collects the tax and remits it to the state. Washington County then receives 4.25% of the total cost of the room. In 2017, this amounted to $7. 7 million dollars.

Usage of TRT funds has strict guidelines. To begin with, all TRT spending must be approved by the Washington County Tourism Advisory Board. By law, 2.25% of the revenue must be used by the county tourism office for marketing and advertising efforts to promote the area. These marketing efforts have been extremely successful. Since 2006, TRT revenue has grown by an average of 13% every year. The remaining 2% of the TRT funds are used by the county to help fund tourism­related facilities such as the Dixie Convention Center, St. George Regional Airport, Tuacahn Fine Arts Center, and other tourism-related projects. These types of facilities are crucial to the growth and development of our tourism product. They play a vital role in attracting new visitors and ensuring a positive economic cycle.

The economic benefits of tourism are far-reaching. The continual churn of these dollars in our economy keeps local businesses thriving and creates energy and inspiration in our communities. Tourism revenues create jobs-nearly 8,500 in Washington County­and they spark investment in additional tourism-related assets that residents get to enjoy. For example, if we relied on revenue from local residents only, Washington County could sustain only two golf courses; we currently enjoy twelve. Without tourism, residents wouldn’t have nearly the variety of restaurants, shops, and recreational facilities that they now enjoy. In fact, we would each be paying more taxes to maintain some of the basic services like health, education, and public safety. Studies show that tourism in this area provides $1212 in tax relief per household each year.

At the Washington County Tourism Office, our vision is a community that is energized by nature, inspired by achievement, and rewarded through the opportunities of tourism and outdoor recreation. This vision will influence our decisions as we strive to enhance opportunities for visitors and communities and maximize the tax revenues generated by the exponential growth of tourism. Because our tourism product is like no other, we have a profound responsibility to ensure that the future for residents and visitors is rewarding and successful.

Being Prepared for Adventure

There is nothing like heading out into the Mojave Desert to see towering red and white Navajo Sandstone cliffs, canyons and wildlife, amazing geological sites that exist nowhere else in the world, cinder cones and an almost constant Utah blue sky. Our expansiveness of beauty is hard to put into words and better suited for first-hand experience.

As you plan your trip, we suggest you keep in mind the climate and scenery. These things that make Greater Zion so beautiful make it an area that requires awareness and diligence too.

Snow Canyon State Park rivals Zion

Climate

Our climate ranges dramatically during the course of the year and through a day. We have winter in the desert! December, January and February overnight temperatures can get as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 Celsius) but will warm up to 50 or higher (10 C) by afternoon. Compared to many parts of the world, these temperatures are ideal for winter. This is still perfect daytime weather for golf and outdoor activities.

Our summers get hot with morning July and August temperatures starting around 80-90 F (26-32 C) and reaching highs during the day of over 100 (37 C). We have short windows of heat in this extreme temperature, but it is not uncommon.

We are unique in that we typically reach our high temperature late in the day. Depending on the time of year, it can be between 4 and 6 p.m. before we reach our daily high.

It is common for more activities to begin earlier in the day as we move into summer. A 7 a.m. excursion start time is not uncommon.

Current Weather

For current weather conditions visit our weather page.

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Jagged, red rock cliffs.
Snow Canyon State Park

Rainfall

Our winter months are our rainy season with total rainfall of just over an inch in January, February and March. Typically, during the rest of the year, we do not experience rainfall of significance; totals are less than an inch per month. When it does happen to rain, it comes down fast for a brief period.

When you have planned your travel dates, check the weather. Keep checking the weather and plan accordingly.

Should you be planning to visit Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon, please pay special attention to rain. Flashfloods in Zion are frequent and not something in which you want to be stuck. Bryce Canyon is higher in elevation and lightning strikes are not uncommon.

Waterfalls inside canyon after rain with foggy sky.
Post-Rain Waterfalls at Emerald Pools

Humidity & Dry Heat

When coming from other parts of the world, most of our visitors are unaware of the impact of a “dry heat” and how it affects your body, hydration, and ability to function.

The most common issue we see for those unfamiliar with the area is a lack of water. Dehydration is, by far, one of the largest challenges our visitors face. Bring more water than you think you need. Going on a hike on an unfamiliar trail … bring lots of water. Two-three liters per person is recommended. Be prepared, if not over-prepared.

We have beautiful flowers, cacti, and flowering seasonal vegetation. What we do not have in abundance are shade trees. The sun gets hot and after prolonged exposure, without the right precautions, it can be draining.

Apparel

Our advice is typically to wear easy-to-add-and-remove layers. Depending on where you are going and what you are doing, you will need to be able to adjust. A morning ATV/UTV or horseback ride can start off cool and end up warm by the end of the ride. Canyoneering has you higher in elevation with more shade, but in and out of sunlight varies the temperatures. Mountain biking will range as well with changes in elevation, exertion and other conditions.

Depending on what you are planning to do, you will most likely want to bring closed-toed shoes (hiking boots/shoes, trainers, athletic shoes, etc.), potentially long pants, as well as seasonally appropriate clothing.

Visiting Greater Zion provides an amazing amount of active vacation options and we want you to enjoy them. Please be informed, plan cautiously and have fun. Check the weather, bring the correct apparel and invest in a camel pack or bottle for carrying your water.

Should you wish to learn more about experiencing new things and having amazing memories, please contact us, we would love to help.

Every family loves to go camping; it’s the best time to connect and create closer relationships between parents and children. Quality time shared with family members brings good vibes to last a lifetime, especially when you come to go camping in St. George.

Two glowing tents surrounded by rock formations

Family camping immediately brings to mind a picture of the members singing around a campfire or reeling in a fish. But the picture is not always perfect as you have to contend with bugs or sudden downpours, plus the contest to use the iPhone. The good news is that successful tent camping is always possible through sound planning and valuable survival tips.

  1. Plan small – An ideal family camping trip is short and small. A weekend is enough time for bonding and should not be too far away as to waste time traveling.
  2. Involve the family in your plan – Every family member should add his/her feedback and suggestions for the trip.
  3. Make early plans – Make reservations ahead for the campsite, pay in advance and make allowances for family meals. Be organized and prepared to face eventualities that are less expected.
  4. Check amenities found in campsite – Look for a location that has lots of hiking trails and water holes to provide more activities. If a family member is sensitive to personal needs, find a campsite with toilets.
  5. Get the proper gear – Have decent equipment and learn how to use it. Purchase leak-proof tents from authentic outdoor stores and comfortable sleeping bags that insure the right amount of warmth.
  6. Pack enough clothing – Your kids will surely get wet and dirty in the camp. Pack adequately and the right type of clothing: enough for daytime wear, as well as swimsuits, pants, sweaters, rain jackets, hats and other clothing appropriate for the campsite.
  7. Have fun – Keep the fun going with activities to challenge the kids — arrange a contest of who can build and light a campfire the quickest or reel in the biggest fish. Make chores an enjoyable activity by giving a prize to whoever gathers the most amount of rubbish at the end of the trip. The winner is gets to choose the soundtrack on the ride home.
  8. Avoid boredom – Kids are likely to complain that they get bored, so prepare entertaining activities like popping popcorn or heating marshmallows over the fire. Any type of ball or wilderness bingo is a good pastime. Kids enjoy puzzles and books. The environment can be the best venue for the alphabet game.
  9. Don’t forget nutrition – For your first camp meals, just heat meatballs and sauce you prepared at home with some pasta. For campfire treats, you can have the spiced nuts. Bedtime snacks for the kids will be some hot chocolate. This is a good time to introduce veggie meals. You can cook burgers and sausages over the campfire with relish and chutneys you brought. Sweet treats to boost your kid’s energy are ginger cake, lemon squares and brownies.
Family seated around campfire

Places to Camp Near St George

Family camping is the best option to spend the hot months of summer. It is the time to unwind, share the joy of relaxed living with family and appreciate the gift of nature. Obviously, it can be one of the most intimidating experiences, but observing these tips will go a long way in surviving a family camping trip. There are a lot of places to camp near St George, so just take a look at our camping page to learn more.

Traveling to different places on your mountain bike is a fun and challenging sport. This is a physical activity that everyone can enjoy. But instead of just going around your city, you can also take your mountain bike to another city or country, someplace like St. George. There are many cycling tournaments and competitions where you can meet bikers from other parts of the globe, these cycling events in southern Utah happen much more that you think, and are always well attended. 

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Before you fly with a mountain bike, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

1. Clean your bike and have the right case.

Before you take your mountain bike with you to a place like southern Utah, make sure to clean it. There are certain places that are really strict. To avoid your bike being impounded, you might as well clean your bike prior to packing. Once you are done cleaning, choose the proper case. A broken box is a hassle when you’re traveling.

2. Use your bike bag the right way.

When traveling with your bike, there is a maximum weight allowance. You don’t want to end up paying extra. The best solution is to use your bike bag. For instance, you can put your clothes and gear in your bike case so you can maximize the weight allowance. To protect your bike frame, you can actually wrap your clothes, like shorts, jerseys, etc., around the bike. That way, you avoid paying extra charges and you protect your bike.

mountain biking around the rocks zen jaydash

3. Bring plenty of riding clothes.

As much as you don’t want to bring extra clothes, it is better to be prepared than to end up spending the days doing laundry. It helps to pack extra jerseys, shorts, etc. At least you can be sure that you have enough clothes for the length of your stay.

Is Shipping a Better Alternative?

Flying your mountain bike with you might be a bit of a hassle for some; the  alternative is to ship your bike. The only downside is that you will have to pay an expensive price. The extra cost is why some prefer to just fly their bikes with them. Airlines just have an additional charge instead of having to pay for air freight services, which can be really expensive.

The world of golf may seem like a rightys world, but fret not leftys!

There is still a place for you here, and we want to help! With players like Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson winning multiple major championships, the golf world is starting to see that left handed people are just as capable of conquering the green as a righty. Here are some lefty tips on how to hit more consistent golf shots.

For the most consistent hitting, left handed golfers should always practice grooving the perfect grip and stance.

Male golfer in midswing in front of small pond.

Grip

Most all golfers will agree that a neutral grip is the best way to keep consistency when hitting. Here is how to get a good neutral grip:

  1. The club face should fall behind the ball, Keep it square with your target.
  2. Place the base of your right hand onto the grip. Then place you left hand directly under it, grip and interlock your pinky and pointer fingers.
  3. The base of your left hand should cover your thumb. The V that is created by your thumb and forefinger on your left hand should point towards your left shoulder.
Couple on green surrounded by black lava rocks.

Stance

With stance you always want to make sure that with your stance you have the ball positioned correctly and aligned with your target. Following stance is your alignment.

  1. With your club face placed behind the ball, lock onto your target and then draw a line back from the ball with your club and forward again toward the ball and aimed at the target without actually hitting the ball. This is the practice swing.
  2. Find something that sits in the ball to target line, such as a divot.
  3. Move into your set up position and aim the center of the club face towards the target.
  4. Once you have your club aligned correctly, your toes, knees, hips and shoulders should all be set to the right angles to club face as well as the ball to line target.
  5. Try thinking of a small train track when perfecting your stance, the ball sets on the right track to the target, as you feet sit on the left and the track exactly parallel of the ball.

Hopefully we did okay in helping out you beginner leftys to perfecting your grip and stance!

Maste Your Put in Greater Zion

What’s the old saying? – “Drive for show, Putt for dough.”? It’s a phrases that keeps being said, because it’s true.

We all know that one of the main parts of a golf game is the putting. Now, there is a certain way to make sure your putting is on point and we are going to help you to become a master putter!

Male golfer in midswing on golf course under a blue sky with fluffy clouds.
  1. Don’t hit the ball up. Your guru friend who is telling you that you need to hit the ball up to get the perfect putt is wrong. Here is why, when hitting up on the ball, you will make it hop, which in turn will lower your chances of getting that perfect soft spin to the hole. Try keeping the putter low, naturally there will still be a little bit of hop, but not nearly as much as if you hit up, and keeping it low will produce smoother strokes.
  2. During long distance putts, focus on the target, not the ball. This will help you to assess the distance and therefore strike the ball at a reasonable speed to get it closer to the hole.
  3. Practice putting. Everyone practices their long haul swings at a golfing range, but why not practice putting too? It’s just as important, and no one wants to end up wasting 3 swings on the putting green. So practice your putting skills regularly.
  4. Try the “Gator Clamp”, Steve Scott came up with a grip that you can do to help you  stabilize the putter, especially if you are playing with a group who does not allow anchoring. Just clamp your right hand to your left forearm just above where you are gripping the putter.
  5. Give your arms room to move. Don’t stiffen up and become mechanical during your putting. Stand a little further from the ball and allow some space for your arms to move.
  6. A physical routine for putting is important, but just as important is a mental routine. Routine helps to keep the body consistent, so why not keep your mind consistent too? Lexi Thompson has a mental routine of assessing the green with her feet and mind as she gets closer to it, then she gets low and close to the ball from behind to assess her putt, then she takes a deep breath with each stroke, letting her instincts take over.
Couple golfing on desert course

There are so many things you can do/try to improve your putting, you just need to put in the work and see what fits for you! Good luck out there!