PA­TRICK REED’S PUT­TING STROKE

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Play Better -

Iwon­der if Rory Mcilroy got a sense of déjà vu on the third green of the fi­nal round of this year’s Mas­ters. Watch­ing the even­tual cham­pion, Pa­trick Reed, rat­tle in a 20-footer from the back of the green must have taken Rory back to Hazel­tine and the pair’s epic 2016 Ry­der Cup sin­gles con­test, in which the Amer­i­can holed pretty much ev­ery­thing he looked at. Cer­tainly, the Ul­ster­man seemed flat-footed from this mo­ment on. In­deed, it was Reed’s gutsy put­ting that stopped a fairly patchy last round at Au­gusta from un­rav­el­ling. Time and again he holed putts at cru­cial times, in­clud­ing the 12th, 14th and that seven-foot par save at 17. His put­ting ac­tion is re­fresh­ingly brisk and ortho­dox – no claw, saw or left-hand­low for him, just a stan­dard re­verse-over­lap grip and a con­fi­dent pop at the ball. Copy these four at­tributes to im­prove your own per­for­mance on the greens.

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