PUTT WHEN­EVER YOU CAN

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

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.

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