THE ROLL

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

When I walk around a prac­tice green on the PGA Tour, I can usu­ally tell right away who’s putting great. You can see ev­ery­thing in the fin­ish. Guys who are putting awe­some ac­cel­er­ate through the ball, so the put­ter­head and the lead shoul­der fin­ish low and for­ward. Even on soft, short putts, an as­sertive stroke is im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able. On the other hand, guys who are just hop­ing to make putts tend to let the put­ter­head and front shoul­der rise af­ter im­pact. It’s like you can see them back­ing up to watch, cu­ri­ous about where the ball goes. A strong, low fin­ish with the put­ter­head isn’t some­thing I think about dur­ing my stroke; it’s just a uni­ver­sal ten­dency I’ve no­ticed among the best. As I said ear­lier, I don’t think about any­thing when I’m in black­out. It’s a place where you sud­denly ar­rive af­ter a lot of grad­ual prepa­ra­tion. Though some­times none at all.

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