Your Most Challenging Putt?

Frank,
Your putting tip this week was to aim at a blade of grass on the back rim of the cup for short putts.

Whether I aim there or not, the short putts, 2 and 3 feet from the hole, are the most challenging for me. What other advice can you give to help me make the short ones?

–Cam
Oregon

Cam,
You are not alone and the short putts are often some of the most difficult – at least in the mind — because you miss so many of them for several simple reasons.

First, be sure that you are properly aligned with your toes parallel to the target line – in this case the line between the ball and the hole. No two foot putts and very few three foot putts should be aimed outside the perimeter of the hole.

Second, make sure that you prepare for the short putts the same way as you do for the long putts. Follow your pre-shot routine, maintaining good rhythm no matter how short the putt – don’t expect your fellow competitors to give you any putt.

Aim at a blade of grass on the back rim of the cup — NOT at the hole itself.

Aiming at the hole in general from 2 feet is like aiming at a 78 foot diameter green from 150 yards instead of aiming at the flagstick.

Third, DON’T peek. Lifting your head will affect your posture and inevitably change your swing path and the putter face angle at impact. Keep your head down, make a good stroke and listen for the ball to fall into the hole.

Frank

Let me know what type of putts you have found the most challenging and how you have been able to deal with them.

6 thoughts on “Your Most Challenging Putt?

  1. My most challenging putts are the ones where the green is undulating and there are more than one break. Which side of the hole to aim for?

    Thanks, Bette

  2. Definitely downhill putts on fast greens. Tense up… no feel.. fear of the twice as long back up the hill putt.

  3. Short to medium length downhill putts are difficult for me — so tough to judge how softly to hit it. I’m often thinking too much about how far past the hole the ball will go if I miss.

  4. DO ROUTINE-SQUARE PUTTER AS IF HITTING IT STRAIGHT BUT STROKE DOWN YOUR LINE YOUR LINE-HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT WORKS FOR ME-ALWAYS A SOLID HIT

  5. Frank,

    Since I am right handed, short left to right breaking putts are the toughest. For some reason I have a tough time with the speed.

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