FROM THE COACH OF GOLF NOTE­BOOK

If you want to be a bet­ter put­ter, be­come a mas­ter of your 2nd putt!

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Fred Fruisen gives tips to im­prove your putting.

The PGA Tour’s Strokes Gained

Putting Statis­tic shows how of­ten tour play­ers make a given putt. In this graphic I've flipped the num­bers to show how of­ten they ac­tu­ally miss, hope­fully to pro­vide a fresh per­spec­tive of what you should ex­pect of your­self on the greens. No­tice that the pros sel­dom miss a short putt of 3 to 4 feet, but the odds of them miss­ing a 10-foot putt jump to a whop­ping 62%! And supris­ingly they only make a ea 30- foot­er30oo te 7%% ofo the te time. te. I don't want to be a downer, but if you play once a week and prac­tice putting for 10 min­utes be­fore you tee off, your ex­pec­ta­tions should be lower than the pros who prac­tice 8 hours a day with mil­lions of peo­ple watch­ing.

So, don't beat your­self up for miss­ing putts out­side of 6-feet. Even the pros miss...A LOT! What they don't do is miss the next one. If you want to putt your best, prac­tice hit­ting your putts the cor­rect dis­tance. Then re­ally hone your skills from 6 feet and in. Eli­mat­ing 3-putts is your way to shoot lower scores.

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