PUTT WHENEVER YOU CAN
Want to immediately improve your short game, with virtually no practice? Quit chipping and pitching from manicured fairway grass around the greens. For the vast majority of weekend players, choosing to putt from those positions will produce a much better average result than hitting any kind of bump-and-run or lofted wedge shot. Superintendents are actually making this an easier decision than ever because of how tight they’re cutting the grass around the greens. Make it a simple rule: If the conditions will let you – a clear path through short grass to the target – use your putter. You already know how to putt, but it’s worth practising some of these shots before your round to get a sense for distance. Drop a few balls at different spots on the fringe of the practice green and try to gauge the speed you need to clear the first cut. Your worst putt will be better than your worst chip. That’s never been truer than it is today.