WHAT: Lipped out
four-foot putt for par
par-4 16th hole at Bulle Rock
WHEN: Final round
of the LPGA Championship
I disagree with the putting regimen David Leadbetter has prescribed for
Michelle Wie (page G2). It's not wise to use two routines--one with a practice
stroke for putts of 12 feet and longer, and one without a practice stroke for
putts of less than 12 feet. Sameness is key in golf, especially on the greens.
Having two routines creates doubt and can throw off your rhythm. With a single
routine, Michelle probably wouldn't miss so many short putts, as she did at the
U.S. Open qualifier and the LPGA Championship.
Hit the Spot, Not
the Hole on Short Putts
To drain short
putts, narrow your focus by aiming at a tiny target on the edge of the hole (a
blade of grass or a speck of dirt). To practice, put a small dot on top of a
tee and stick the tee into the back edge of the cup (inset). Focus on the dot,
then look at the ball and stroke it. The ball should rap the tee as it
Mark Wood teaches
at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.
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