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Make putting a strength to handle tough conditions

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Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, reacts as she finishes up on the 18th hole, on her way to winning the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)  - 

Patrick Reed was the last man standing Sunday, winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship after four rounds of difficult golf at Trump National Doral.

The new design of the golf course, and at times harsh wind conditions, gave the best golfers in the world all they could handle.

To give you an idea of just how tough it was, a 2-over 38 was good enough for Reed on the back nine nine Sunday to claim a one-shot victory. He finished just 4 under par for the tournament.

When a golf course is playing difficult there’s not much you can do. But one constant is that you can make up for many mistakes by riding a hot putter, which Reed was able to do in securing victory.

To get on a putting streak, you need to adhere to a few fundamentals that I believe every great putter possesses:

• Alignment: There are many variations of alignment currently being used on Tour and if you have the kind of time like Tour players have, you can make just about anything work. However, I believe that you are best served when your feet, hips, shoulders and eyes are parallel to the target line.

• Aim: Science has shown that few golfers aim where they think when they putt. The reason for this is that aiming properly is difficult. You must train your eyes to see the target by knowing how to utilize your dominant eye. Once you’ve discovered your dominant eye, try checking your aim by closing your other eye. This quick check makes aiming similar to looking through a scope to zero in on your target.

• Rhythm: Every good putter swings the putter in rhythm. The easiest way to practice this is to use a metronome set anywhere between 70 and 80 beats per minute. Swing your putter with the rhythm of the metronome just like a pendulum on a clock. The bigger your swing, the faster the putter will move and farther the ball will roll.

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