Putting From The Right Side Of The Hole

Watching the action at Torrey Pines, I am continually struck by the importance of putting from the proper position. I watched many players lip out because they were in the wrong position caused by being on the wrong side of the hole. I realized that many approach shots were made with medium irons and that makes a difficult task for any golfer and Torrey Pines just makes it more challenging. But enough of the difficult conditions at the US Open, the lessons I learned from watching golf this weekend is hitting my approach shot the proper side of the hole is as critical for shooting low scores.

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A Golf Tip From Kathy Whitworth

I am always looking for golf tips and this particular one keeps popping up. It is not as if we need reminding or maybe we do. I came across this tip from Kathy Whitworth who “throughout her playing career won 88 LPGA Tour tournaments, more than anyone else has won on either the LPGA Tour or the PGA Tour. In 1981 she became the first woman to reach career earnings of $1 million on the LPGA Tour.” (Wikipedia) With amazing credentials such as Kathy has, I immediately took note of her golf tip.

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Aiming Each Shot Is Critical In Golf

I have talked about aiming each golf in previous posts. I used the Greg Norman view of ‘aim small miss small’! I hold to this approach and it works well for my game. I found a video by Rick Shiels that explains my exact process and think it is of value to all players. I do want to discuss why this process is very important and how taking the time to properly aim on every shot every shot.

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Picking a Target on Every Shot

I have played many sports over the years and no matter what the circumstance, when it was time to make a shot, I always picked a specific target at which to aim. This is a fundamental action and if you asked any athlete, I think they would look at you with shock at such a bizarre thought! So, I wonder why when I talk to my playing partners, they pick something like ‘the fairway’ as the target; in my view this not very precise nor effective. So, why are many amateurs not narrowing their focus before making any shot?

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