PATRICK REED’S PUTTING STROKE
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.