Make the first putt great

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

Brad Faxon is a great put­ter, and he says the way he judges good speed con­trol is by watch­ing a golfer’s first putt of the day on the prac­tice green. Any­body can drop three balls and get the third one close to the hole. It’s how well you do on that first one that shows if you’ve got the touch you’ll need when you play. There aren’t any do-overs on the course. When you prac­tice, start with a 40-footer with a de­cent amount of break. Judge your­self based on how well you weighed the speed. For the rest of your time on the prac­tice putting green, con­cen­trate on your first-putt dis­tance con­trol more than any­thing else.

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