Teaching Tip #5: Putt Like a Pro
Putting accounts for 35-45% of your average round of golf. To put that into perspective, if you were to 2 putt every hole on a regulation 18 hole golf course, then on average you would have:
2.6 times as many putts as drives
2 times as many putts as wedge shots
2.5 times as many putts as long iron shots
6 times as many putts as bunker shots
In general, putting is the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to lower your score! Here is a trick to help you make more putts.
1. Use an intermediate target
Intermediate targets can be anything from a discoloration on the putting green to an old ball mark. Using an intermediate target, allows you to line up your putt to a target that is only 2-3 feet in front of you, making it much easier to check your accuracy and focus solely on distance control. Here’s the Golf Fix:
Start by reading the green and visualizing the target line. Imagine putting to a hole that is on the visualized target line.
Pick out a point on your visualized target line that is about 2-3 feet in front of your golf ball. Once you have aligned yourself to that point, all you need to do is worry about the speed of your putt. This makes putting 1-dimensional (focusing solely on distance control) instead of 2-dimensional (worrying about distance and direction).
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