On slick greens, some­times that’s all you can do

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Golf Digest - By David Lead­bet­ter

Use your dom­i­nant arm to ham­mer the ball.

“Hit­ting a putt as softly as pos­si­ble takes prac­tice.”

There are greens that are so fast, all you need to do is tap the ball on a down­hill lie to get it to the hole. I’m not jok­ing when I say that at Augusta Na­tional, I’ll prac­tice hit­ting a putt with the speed to move it only one inch if the green were flat like the photo (be­low) in­di­cates. It’s a stroke that re­quires real touch, so I sug­gest you prac­tice it if you’re about to play on very fast greens. The great­est put­ters of all time, guys like Ben Cren­shaw, Jack Nick­laus and Jackie Burke, all said dis­tance con­trol was para­mount. In ad­di­tion to those one-inch­ers, find an area where you can al­ter­nate hit­ting 30-foot­ers from well above and be­low the hole. Keep try­ing these putts un­til you feel just how much ef­fort – and more im­por­tant how lit­tle – you need to get the ball to stop by the hole if it doesn’t go in.Try to keep your grip pres­sure con­stant as you do this. If you know how softly you have to hit a slick, down­hill putt, you’ll avoid one of golf’s most em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tions: rolling the ball off the green.

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