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July 15, 2009 - Steve Anderson
Without a doubt an error I see with most amateurs when they putt is leaving their putts either short or low of the hole. 90% of amateurs do this with 90% of their putts. The ball will never go in the hole if it doesn't ever get to the hole, nor will it ever go in if it's already below the hole on a breaking putt. The ball sure won't ever go uphill all of a sudden.
Make your goal to always get the ball to the hole or just past it. You'll be surprised how many of your putts start going in if you simply get them there. NOt only will they not be short but they'll hold their line better the last 2 feet as the ball approaches the hole.
PLaying enough break will also keep your ball on the high side of the hole which will give it a chance to go in. Try playing a bit more break than you've been used to and you'll find that you'll start making more putts. Next time you're watching golf on TV you'll notice that if the pro doesn't make his putt he leaves it long and a bit high. He gave it a chance to go in and rarely will he leave a putt short or low.
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