Un­der-read­ing putts reg­u­larly

Golf Australia - - THE WANDERING GOLFER -

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.

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