Making putts only requires three things:
- Deciding the correct break (read the green)
- Deciding the correct speed (touch)
- Perform a stroke with the correct break and speed
Yesterday I discussed green reading books. These books will help you with the break but you still need the correct speed to make the putt. If you recall the putt Dustin Johnson made on #18 to tie Spieth, he played a small break on the 18 ft downhill putt. His putt was on the edge and hardly broke at all. Fortunately, Johnson hit the putt with the minimum speed required to get to the hole and it lipped into the cup. A great putt for sure, but he definitely would have missed the putt with slightly more speed. Even on his three foot putt to win the championship, he hit a firm putt that started on the right lip and fell in the edge. If that putt had less speed, he would have missed on the low side even though his line was correct.
When you combine the two elements together to pick the right speed and line, putting becomes an art.
We will be talking about this topic more over the next few weeks.
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