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Long vs. Short Putts

February 2, 2010 - Steve Anderson
When putting, the length of your putt will determine different strategies. For short putts under 10-feet, your #1 goal should be accuracy or hitting your ball on the proper line. Speed is not often an issue on a 3-foot putt, hitting it straight is. Realizing that if your ball is even an inch off line you won't make it.

On longer putts, especially the 30 or 30 footers your speed control is most important. There's no reason to spend a long time figuring out your line if you're going to leave the putt 8 feet short. Most 3-putts occur not from hitting the ball off-line badly but from leaving your first putt too long or short of the hole. A great thought on a long putt is to roll you ball to within 3-feet of the hole, almost like there's a hula-hoop laying around the hole. If you can get the ball into this 3 foot circle then you won't have much problem with your second putt.

So, on your short putts key on your aim more and on your long putts key on your speed. You'll be knocking shots off your score in no time.


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