TOM WAT­SON

Even the best chip­pers putt when they can

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All the young tour play­ers do this.

Roll-off or col­lec­tion ar­eas around greens are common at the Open, and we’re see­ing more of them on the PGA Tour and else­where. Th­ese tightly mowed ar­eas present a very dif­fer­ent chal­lenge than rough. The best re­cov­ery op­tion usu­ally is to putt the ball.

Re­mem­ber this:

Your worst putt from off the green is bet­ter than your worst chip. This is es­pe­cially true from a roll-off area. The lie is tight, which makes it more dif­fi­cult to chip. You can eas­ily flub it and leave the ball short or have it roll back down to your feet. And if you think putting from off the green is only for am­a­teurs, think again. I see young tour pros do­ing it – and from fur­ther off – much more than my gen­er­a­tion did.

The ten­dency is to not hit the putt hard enough, so work on your dis­tance con­trol. You’ll have to make a big­ger stroke to get the ball through the fringe and rolling to the hole.

“I see a lot of young pros to­day

putting from off the green.”

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