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Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

When I read a putt, it’s any­thing but black­out. I’m pay­ing sharp at­ten­tion. It’s a three-step process: First, I look from be­hind the ball to de­ter­mine the line. Sec­ond, I walk along the low side of the putt to gauge the speed be­cause it’s eas­ier to see the slope. Third, I walk be­hind the cup, where I can then judge the line from an­other per­spec­tive. When I’m con­fi­dent about my read – I know where I want to start the putt and what kind of speed I want to put on the ball – I step in. I al­ways walk in from be­hind square to the line, hold­ing the face of my put­ter in my left hand lightly like I am on page 50. It’s my habit. Step­ping in the same way ev­ery time, what­ever it is you do, is the one thing you can have to­tal con­trol over if you bother to make the ef­fort.

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