right-to-left, downhill birdie putt
par-3 8th hole at Medinah Country Club
WHEN: Final round
of the PGA
Woods used to be
an aggressive putter and was ranked 171st in three-putt avoidance before the
PGA, but he recently made his stroke much smoother and more evenly paced. Now
his ball gently drops into the cup, and that has drastically improved his lag
putting. Woods had only one three-putt last week, and he's again draining bombs
with shocking frequency. On Sunday he put the PGA out of reach with 40-foot
birdie putts that trickled in at the 6th and 8th holes, respectively.
Learn to Lag by
Putting to the Fringe
Ray Floyd showed
me the best lag-putting drill I've ever seen: Put six balls on one side of the
green near the fringe and six tees near the fringe on the opposite side. Spread
the tees a few feet apart. Stroke each ball so that it hits or stops just short
of a tee. A ball should never roll past the tee and onto the fringe.
teaches at the Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla.