“Walk the line of your putt and get a feel for the green”
Do you struggle with putting? Some of the best players on the planet – DJ, Spieth and Day – can all roll their golf ball pretty well… This is their best advice for you.
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“Like with the full swing, rhythm is very important, and a longer, slower putting stroke helps me maintain rhythm. My tendency is to have my hands forward at address, but we’ve worked hard to keep the putter at a 90-degree angle to my body.”
“I do have a little trigger right before the takeaway, where I flex my hands forward slightly, but at address, the putter is at 90 degrees. I also use a very light grip pressure – maybe a three on a scale of one to 10. Most amateurs grip it much harder.”
“Walk the line of your putt and get a feel for the pitch of the green. If it’s a left-to-right putt from 20 feet, walk from the ball all the way to the hole, because you won’t see subtle breaks if you stand behind the ball.”
“It doesn’t take long – just walk up to the hole and walk back. It’s certainly less time than behind the ball, then behind the hole and the side, like most guys do. It’s all about gathering the information so you can make a better decision. If you can walk the line, feel the grain through the shoes, you’ll be able to make a better decision whether to hit the putt harder or softer.”
“The best tip I’ve ever had is tough to narrow down, but I always remember Ben Crenshaw telling me how crucial it is to work on my speed on the greens. Putting with him was very special and he stressed not to worry about my stroke, but focus on the speed. That’s good advice.”