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WHO: Heath Slocum
WHAT: Missed four-foot par putt
WHERE: 445-yard 18th hole at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club
WHEN: Final round of the PODS Championship
Watching Tour pros
like Slocum and his childhood buddy Boo Weekley miss short putts with titles on
the line seems surprising because Tiger Woods has set such a high standard--he
rarely misses. But if you could get inside the minds and bodies of most Tour
pros trying to win on Sunday, you'd be shocked. Their minds are fried, and
their hearts are pounding. The winner is usually the guy who gags the
Aim for the Center On the Short Ones
If you have any doubt about the break on a short putt, aim for the center of the hole and hit the ball firmly. The cup's diameter is 4 1/4 inches, so aiming at the center makes the target look bigger and gives you a two-inch margin for error on either side. If you aim for an edge, you have a larger margin for error on one side but none on the other, a riskier play.
John Elliott teaches at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, Ill.