The 4 Keys to Sinking More Putts

By David BreslowNovember 19, 2008, 5:00 pm
No matter what your handicap, scores are raised and lowered by your ability to sink putts. Youre on the green, staring down a 6-foot putt and going through your normal routine. This is the moment. The culmination of everything youve done up until this point on the hole youre playing. You step up to address position, place your putter behind the ball and give it a roll. Darn! Missed again!
 
What is it about putting that drives low handicappers, high handicappers, scratch and professional golfers out of their minds?
 
Everything is right there in front of you. You can see the hole and the way to sink more putts is to keep things as simple as possible. Putting is all attitude. The mind, if clear and open will help you make a smoother and a fuller putting motion. If it is not clear and busy thinking/worrying or doubting than you may feel additional tension and stress over the ball.
 
The following are 4 non-mechanical keys to putting that put you in the best position to make good putts and keep you focused on the process.
 
They are:
 
1. Line
2. Pace
3. Balance
4. Stillness
 
There are as many different ways to be a good putter as there are good putters. No matter what your particular style, you must go through these 4 steps to give yourself a chance to sink more putts.
 
Many golfers dont actually expect the ball to go in the hole. They might say it out loud but the internal dialogue indicates more of a wish or a hope. I just hope to put a good roll on this one is a remark often heard on the course. Why would you hope to put a good roll on it? PUT A GOOD ROLL ON IT! Dont hope for itjust do it! If I promised you $50,000 for doing 200 push-ups in 10 days from today would you hope to do 200 push- ups? No! You would work each day to get to 200 push- ups if you wanted the 50 grand wouldnt you? There is no hoping involved, only the expectation that you will do 200 push-ups and collect your money.
 
Putting is no different. Expect the ball to go in the hole and take hoping and wishing out of the picture. Save that for the media!
 
THE 4 KEYS.
 
First, pick your line and do it with CONVICTION. See what is available on the green from all sides. Make your decision and pick out a small intermediate target to roll your ball over. BE CLEAR!
 
Second, decide what pace you will need. Is it a long or short putt? Are you going up hill or down hill, through different tiers on the green, etc.? Make a CLEAR decision on the pace your ball will roll and practice the pace you will use.
 
Third, get into a strong and balanced position for both your practice swings and at address. Many times, high handicappers are not balanced over the ball. Even low handicappers become unbalanced when they feel pressure and speed up their routines over the ball. The result is an imbalance physically, mentally and emotionally. This is the surest way to throw you off line and miss putts.
 
Fourth, become still. What does this mean? This means once youve picked your line, pace and you are balanced, there is nothing else to do! Become still and quiet over the ball. Putting involves the fine motor movement and less is definitely more when it comes to great putting. Quiet the bottom of your feet, ankles, knees, hips, arms, shoulders and hands. Keep your mind and your body quiet and relax your eyes. Tense eyes equal tense muscles around the neck and shoulders. This moment of stillness allows you to free up your swing.
 
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  • Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."