Never miss a two-foot putt.
ou just hit a great iron shot or cozied up a chip. Now you’ve got two feet left. Curiously, your opponent isn’t saying boo. So you go up to tap it in, draw the putter back and... Oh no! Power lip-out.
We’ve all done it – a lot. The real problem is, most golfers have an unspoken pact with their buddies that they don’t have to make short putts. Everybody sweeps them away. Then when they get in a tournament they’re looking at these two-footers thinking Oh man, I could miss that. Plus, there’s often a lot of foot traffic around the cup, causing marks and bumps – more food for nervous thought.
So here’s what you need to do when you face a testy short putt: First, be aware of making a good stroke. Don’t just walk up and haphazardly swipe at the ball. Second, read the slope and align your putterface carefully. Even two-footers can break enough to miss. Third, keep your head still until well after the ball is gone. Most short misses happen because the player wants to see the ball fall into the cup or tries to steer it in. Last, don’t be too careful. Stick with your normal putting routine and put a firm, confident stroke on it.