Love your putter, focus on aim to make more putts


In yet another Monday finish on the PGA Tour, Zach Johnson used a final-round, 6-under par 65 to capture the next to last FedEx Cup Playoff event, the BMW Championship.

Johnson was in the top five of both putting statistics calculated by the PGA Tour, ranking second in strokes gained putting and fifth in putts per green in regulation.

Combine those great putting stats with hitting 73.61 percent of greens in regulation (T3 in the field) and a formula for PGA Tour victories is born.

Unless you’re averaging 1.6 putts per green in regulation like Johnson did in the BMW Championship, you have room to improve your score by getting better at putting.

Here are a few keys to think about as you work to improve:

• Be loyal to your putter. Johnson has used the same type of putter (FGP model from the SeeMore Putter Company) since before his 2007 Masters victory. Players too often change their equipment in search of the next best thing. Once you have a putter that fits your eye and is the proper length and lie angle, try to keep that putter for as many years as you can. Putting is all about developing feel and when you change putters often, it becomes more difficult to develop feel.

• Set up with consistency. SeeMore putters have a unique alignment system they call Rifle Scope Technology. Basically it allows you to set up each time with consistent face angle, loft and aim. The more consistent you make your setup, the easier it will be to make consistent putting strokes.

• Spend extra time practicing aim. With a little experience, you can develop good speed control on the greens. But to make more putts, your aim will need to improve as well. Use a chalk line or elevated string to make sure your aim is perfect on the practice green. I’ll usually find a five-to-eight foot putt that is straight to use my chalk line and practice my aim.

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