Billy Horschel became the 10 million dollar man Sunday by finishing strong in the FedEx Cup, winning the last two events to take home the life-changing prize.
His rounds at The Tour Championship at East Lake were about as steady as you can get. Horschel had the fewest bogeys in the field throughout the tournament, recording only five in four rounds.
One of the reasons Horschel found it easy to avoid bogey was that he led the field in greens hit in regulation, but his putter was the key. He didn't miss a putt inside of 5 feet for the week, he had no 3-putts on East Lake's speedy greens, and he made a crucial par putt from 30 feet on No. 16 in the final round that was clutch in securing the win.
Hitting more greens in regulation is a skill that improves as a golfer improves. But being able to get the ball in the hole with the putter is a skill that anyone of any ability level can master.
Here are a few tips to improves your putting:
• Hit it solid. The biggest reason golfers struggle controlling the speed of their putts is their impact point on the putter face changes too often. The sweet spot in the center of the putter is ideally where you want to make impact. Increase your chances to hit solid putts by setting up the same way each time. When in my posture, I prefer my eyes to be just inside the target line and my arms close to my body.
• Hit your line. When it comes to executing a putting stroke, every putt is straight. The ball may curve after it leaves the putter face, but your job is to pick a line and hit it. Practice hitting your line by using a chalk line on the practice green. If the green is flat, the ball should roll consistently down your line.
• Trust your reads. Green reading is an acquired skill that will only get better the more you apply yourself and gain experience. The bottom line is that green reading is always going to be an educated guess, and there will be more than one answer to get the ball in the hole. Once you are comfortable picking a line, avoid changing it when you address the ball. If what you see over the ball doesn’t look as good as your original line, step back and reevaluate.
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