Under-reading putts regularly
Most cups are cut into a slight slope, so have a high side and a low side. The high side is considered the pro side as putts can drop in from there; but most amateurs miss low, giving the ball no chance. This makes our list as it’s such a simple thing to address… and here’s how.
1 - Make your read
Head to the practice green and create a 15ft putt with a sideslope. If there isn’t a cup cut in the right position, putt to a tee peg. Spend some time reading the putt, both from the side as well as behind the ball.
4 - Assess well-paced putts
Focus only on balls that finish your chosen distance at or behind the hole – these represent the line you have read. Repeat the drill on various sideslope putts, until your read sees putts either go in or miss on the high side.
2 - Pace affects line
Before you pick your line, you must first make a decision if you will die the ball in, or run it past 18in if you miss. Either is fine, but decide now, as it dictates the line you must take.
3 - Create a gateway
Having decided on pace and line, set up a tee peg gateway a foot in front of the ball – this represents your ideal starting line. Hit some putts through it, and watch the results.