Make more putts
Most of us are familiar with using intermediate targets on full golf swings. That is, standing behind your ball and lining up your target with the shaft of the club. From here, you slowly move the club downward till you spot a point a few inches in front the golf ball. This allows you to set the club face square to that point and be correctly aimed.
Many golfers will read a putt and say it breaks two cups right, then hit it and miss. How do you know the club face was correctly aimed? There are so many variables in putting that can cause misses: green speed, a poor putting stroke, aim, ect. Let’s eliminate one of these variables.
Next time you practice putting, mark out a 25 foot putt with some break to it. Stand behind the ball to read the break and find a spot 2 inches in front of your golf ball to roll it over. It is much easier to aim 2 inches ahead compared to 25 feet. If you start rolling the ball over this target, but are still missing putts, you’ll probably find you need to play more break. Simply adjust your intermediate target and keep practicing.
Think about this: Jordan Spieth is ranked as the number 1 putter on tour, and he only makes about 25% of his putts from 15 to 25 feet. Imagine how many of these we miss.
Wes Levanduski, PGA
1st Assistant Golf Professional