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    MadamMadam
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    Missing a short putt can ruin a good round, and it’s the kind of thing that’s hard to forget. What’s the key to getting better over short putts?

    https://golf.com/instruction/putting/high-handicappers-short-putt-mistakes/

    1. They don’t practice them enough

    Dylan Dethier (+3.3 handicap): :

    There’s no substitute for experience! If you want to make a bunch of putts on the course, make a bunch of putts off the course first. Eventually, they’ll be more comfortable. Either before you play (my recommendation) or after you finish your round (or both!) head to the green and line up some three-footers. Make 10 in a row before you leave. This helps. I promise!

    2. They don’t have a system

    Luke Kerr-Dineen (2.2 handicap): I’m not a particular good mid-range putter, but in my most solid stretches during my college golf days, I got pretty locked-in from short range. When I did, it’s because I designed a specific routine that got me comfortable and confident, every time. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated — in fact, the simpler the better — but it needs to be something you can fall back on every time you face a short putt.

    Feel free to adopt mine as your own if you’d like:

    Use line on golf ball inside 10 feet.
    When the line is set, remove the marker and take aa last look, standing behind it.
    Walk into the putt. Looking at the hole, take two practice strokes, with a quick pause in between.
    Set up to golf ball.
    Last look at hole.
    Back to ball.
    Forward press
    Start stroke

    3. They don’t look at the hole (on practice strokes)

    Josh Sens (2.5 handicap): My advising someone on confidence over short putts is like Sergio Garcia counseling golfers on how not to be hot-headed: wrong guy for the job. They’ve freaked me out for years. But two things have occasionally helped. Looking at the hole while putting. It takes the brain out of the way at impact. And focusing on making an aggressive stroke, thinking about trying to get the ball to the back of the cup, not just trickling in over the front edge.

    4. They’re not aggressive

    Zephyr Melton, (6.7 handicap): When I start struggling on short putts, I try to remind myself to stay aggressive with my stroke. When you have no confidence, it’s easy to decelerate through the ball or guide the ball toward the hole — you won’t make a lot of putts doing that. Try to hit the ball with purpose and give it a little more pace to take some of the break out of the putt. Sure, if you miss you might have a longer one coming back, but you shouldn’t be thinking about what happens if you miss.

    5. They look up too soon

    Ashley Mayo (3.1 handicap): Listen to the ball drop into the hole! I remember reading a tip from Gary Player who said that the only reason we look up right away when we’re putting is because we’re unsure. So if you commit to *listening* to the ball drop into the hole over short putts, you’re also indirectly committing to your line and your confidence will shoot way up.

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    #13288
    Avatarxrman
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    #4 above. That’s me!

    #13293
    BumpunRunBumpunRun
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    I do hope we get into the debate about not looking at the ball again, other than Obe, that’s my favourite thing

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    #13335
    AvatarCan break 80
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    #4 above. That’s me!

    Is it. ????? dont get cause and effect mixed up.

    If hit aggressive on wrong start line ball wont go in.

    you say that are 3 putting because missing short putts from 1 m then according to my coach it due to 1 of 5 reasons.

    a) not reading correctly (practice NSEW drill and count how many in out of 10)(on course if miss one from say west of hole hit from other side of hole and hit same putt again.this will show break).

    b) not aiming putter face correctly (most golfers aim too far right)(if aim too far right ball will die to right giving impression of not hitting hard enough)(use string drill) on course take address, move behind putter, adjust face

    c) not starting ball on correct start line (face control)

    d) not speed control (inconsistent hit on putter face)

    e) poor pre shot routine on putting.

    Not saying i am a perfect putter, I am not, but to get better I need to do more work on all 5 parts of putting game, especially a,b and d)

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by AvatarCan break 80.
    #13347
    Avatarxrman
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    can you elaborate on b) aiming putter face right?

    #13539
    AvatarCan break 80
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    can you elaborate on b) aiming putter face right?

    so important to check your putter face is square at address, use string drill for this. or go on a SAM putt lab and check it.

    #13548
    OldBogeyOldBogey
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    #4 above. That’s me!

    Is it. ????? dont get cause and effect mixed up.

    If hit aggressive on wrong start line ball wont go in.

    you say that are 3 putting because missing short putts from 1 m then according to my coach it due to 1 of 5 reasons.

    a) not reading correctly (practice NSEW drill and count how many in out of 10)(on course if miss one from say west of hole hit from other side of hole and hit same putt again.this will show break).

    b) not aiming putter face correctly (most golfers aim too far right)(if aim too far right ball will die to right giving impression of not hitting hard enough)(use string drill) on course take address, move behind putter, adjust face

    c) not starting ball on correct start line (face control)

    d) not speed control (inconsistent hit on putter face)

    e) poor pre shot routine on putting.

    Not saying i am a perfect putter, I am not, but to get better I need to do more work on all 5 parts of putting game, especially a,b and d)

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by AvatarCan break 80.

    Well done BG, you’ve just covered every aspect of putting, so if you miss a putt it had to be one of those failures.

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