If you don't prepare correctly, odds are, no matter how good you read the greens or how fluid your stroke may be, you may still find yourself missing putts. The secret to becoming a better putter? Sequencing your preshot putting routine correctly.
Step 1: First, and quite obviously, you need to survey the line of your putt. This means evaluating things like grain, slope, elevation changes. Once you survey your path, the second thing you need to do is take advantage of one of the best cheats in golf (it's not a real cheat, but it feels
Step 2: With a golf ball either marked with a line or using the line made up by the writing on the side, use that line to identify exactly where you want to aim your putt. This is such a handy way to make putting easier, and not enough of my students do it! Get in the habit of marking your ball and lining up that mark to direct your aim. It frees you up for Step 3.
Step 3: Once you have your ball marked and lined up, forget the line! Now's the time to hone in on your feel and distance control. Stand beside the ball and make a few practice strokes while looking at the hole and develop a stroke speed and length that you feel will nestle the ball at the bottom of the cup. Trust the line on your ball, and think, Feel, feel, feel.
Step 4: Now it's time to putt! You know the line, you have the feel; now it's time to bring those two elements together over the ball and make a confident stroke. If you stick with this four-step putting routine (survey, line, feel, putt), I bet you'll not only start making more putts, but also develop a newfound confidence you never knew you had. Good luck!
Tom Leese, PGA, teaches in the Las Vegas area. To get more information, visit mastergolflasvegas.com.