Why’d I Do That?

You fix­ated on the read and for­got about the speed

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

ac­ing a long putt with a lot of break, you know that get­ting down in two is usu­ally just fine. But you’re re­ally see­ing the line on this one, so you step in think­ing you could make it. As soon as you hit the putt, you re­alise it’s way short. There’s a term for what you just did:“fall­ing in love with the line.” You con­cen­trated so hard on the break, you ne­glected the speed.

When I was a kid, my brother and I would prac­tice putting for hours while we waited to get on a packed golf course.We learned

Fby trial and er­ror that dis­tance con­trol is more im­por­tant than di­rec­tion on long putts. Even the ones with a lot of break – the putts we hit from one end of the prac­tice green to the other.

Phil Mick­el­son, who I worked with for years, has a great drill for pace. He places three balls 40 feet from a hole, three at 50 and three at 60. From 40 feet, all three putts need to fin­ish within a club-length of the hole.Then he moves to 50 feet, then 60.The balls can fin­ish left or right – the dis­tance is the key. Give it a try.

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