Sinking An 80 Foot Putt

Anytime we hit the green there is an expectation that we have a chance to sink the putt. It really does not matter how far the putt has to travel to the pin, all golfers think there is a chance. I feel that most of the time I putt well regardless of the distance. Well, to be fair, the longer the putt, the less likely the chance I will make the putt. This fact is nothing new, but I think there is a certain aspect of putting that is often overlooked when dealing with long putts. It is not a secret, but I think many players forget to invoke the simple rule of long putting.

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A Drill To Improve Putting Feel And Distance

Putting is a unique skill that needs care and attention. I spent a great deal of time honing my putting stroke and as a result, I feel that I have developed a groove that works best for my game. I have tried many different techniques, grips, stances and putting motions. It was all a process and one that has led me to a point where I am very confident in my putting stroke. Unfortunately, I lose my touch now and again, but I have found a drill that helps to quickly restore my equilibrium. It is simple and repeatable, thus can quickly improve my feel and distance when things to awry.

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Putting Decides Everything In Golf

If we learned anything from The Open on the weekend, putting is everything in golf. It is the great equalizer, the determining factor for a great round, and the anvil that crushes your opponent. Yup, putting decides everything. If you are still not convinced, aske Rory McIlroy and Cameron Smith!

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So You Think You Are A Great Putter!

Putting is the great equalizer. I know this because many of my scores were the result of great or poor putting. If you talk to any of your golfing friends, they will agree that the flat stick can change the fortunes of any round. Without taking detailed stats, it is a challenge to really understand how good (or poor) of a putter we actually are. Personally, I think and know that I am a better than average putter for my handicap, yet my confidence can be shaken with a couple of poor first putts. Knowing all of this, I have to remind myself to keep things in perspective before flying off the handle.

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The Masters Day One

After watching seven hours of golf (I think that is a record for me) I found the first day at The Masters to be very typical. There were some highs, some lows, and some grinding. As always, Augusta National Golf Course was in fantastic shape and offered very little chances in the way of lucky breaks. I did notice that as the day progressed, the course became drier and tougher to play. This made for higher scores in the afternoon pairs. Good thing the the tee times are reversed tomorrow because the afternoon pairings will face much winder conditions. As always with The Masters, I did learn something valuable that will help my game.

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