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Learn to control your putts more effectively

Judging distance - it's as simple as throwing a ball!

Posted Sep 23, 2010 by Tips and Techniques

Putting tips

Today, we’re going to look at how to effectively and instinctively manage your distance control when faced with long putts during your round.
Again, this technique comes down to practice, practice, practice, as a lot does with this game. But if you get this right, you will eradicate those nasty three-putts and improve your scores dramatically.
Firstly, you need to think about when you throw a ball to someone – you don’t have to think about the technique required to do it do you? It just happens naturally.
The same can be true when putting from distance. If you make your practice swings whilst looking and focusing on the hole, you will be more honed in on your target like you are when you throw a ball. You need to replace thinking about the length and tempo of your stroke with this technique.
By looking at the hole during your practice swing you will record the distance and this is valuable. When you engage during set up, you will automatically know how far you have to play.
Remember your eyes will never let you down so trust them, feel it and a play it and you will reduce those three putts in no time.
Key points:

  1. Trust your instincts
  2. Look at the line
  3. Record the distance
  4. Set yourself up
  5. Feel it
  6. Go and do it
Good luck with these long putts!

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