I know what you’re think­ing.They all mat­ter. But I’m talk­ing about a putt you’d re­ally like to see go in.When it hurts a lit­tle to see it stay out; those six-to-12-foot­ers. Knock one tight and then miss the birdie putt; that’s al­most as de­flat­ing as not s

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Golf Digest - By Be­len Mozo

How to get the most out of your size for dis­tance.

Where is the ex­act spot of the cup I want the ball to en­ter? Yeah, I’d gladly take any piece, but think­ing this pre­cisely helps me read the break. I work back­ward from this spot to imag­ine the line all the way to my coin. At what speed must the ball run to fol­low ex­actly along this path? To keep the group’s pace of play quick, I’m al­ways read­ing the green from the mo­ment I first walk on it. But I will look at the cup from mul­ti­ple an­gles to find my spot. A feel­ing of gen­eral light­ness. When my putting gets a lit­tle out of whack, of­ten I re­alise my grip pres­sure has be­come tight or un­even. On a scale of one to 10, I want my grip pres­sure no more than two or three. The other light­ness is hov­er­ing my put­ter just above the ground be­fore I start my stroke. When the put­ter rests di­rectly on the grass, it has a ten­dency to snag on the way back. Try­ing to avoid be­ing anx­ious. Be­ing im­pa­tient is the worst thing you can do. You want to make the putt so bad that you never let the ball leave your sight. You need a quiet mind – and neck – to hit good putts. Through­out my stroke, from the start un­til well af­ter the ball is on its way, I stay fix­ated on the spot where my coin was. I don’t need to see the ball rat­tle the cup. I’ll hear it.

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