Why you need a firm stroke on short putts

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Why you need a firm stroke on short putts.

hen friends play to­gether, you see a lot of short putts kicked away. Gimmes might feel good, but when you get in a round where you have to putt

Wevery­thing out, you’re prob­a­bly scared to death.

That fear shows it­self with an early peek at the hole – an at­tempt to “wish it in.” Go in! Please go in! It causes the head to move, the shoul­ders to open – and now the put­ter­face and path could be point­ing any­where. You’re lucky to hit the hole.

Here’s what you need to do: Keep your eyes down, and give the ball a nice, firm strike. The putt’s prob­a­bly not go­ing to break, so aim the face straight at the hole and make sure you see it hit the ball. If you get in a habit of stay­ing down and lis­ten­ing for the ball to drop, you’ll be au­to­matic on th­ese lit­tle putts.

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