Tip #42 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is another simple thing that you can do in the comfort of your own home, to dramatically improve your putting stroke!
Greens and Fairways,
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42. Make more of those 4-foot putts
Amateur golfers get so wrapped up in tweaking their putting mechanics so that they hit the ball along their target line, and rightfully so.
The problem, however, is that they forget that a big reason for missed putts is not just the aim and follow through. Having a ball that rolls true, or, end over end without any sidespin is just as important.
This is so easy to permanently fix and you can and should do this at home on your living room carpet.
Get one of those $3 plastic templates that snaps over the ball and helps you to put a perfect line around the ball.
There are battery-operated devices that actually will find the natural balance point of every individual ball for this line.
Putt with ONLY the INTENTION of getting the ball to roll perfectly without wobble.
DO NOT putt to a target. The line you drew on the ball will give you the exact feedback you need to monitor your efforts as you watch it roll across the floor.
As I mentioned in the forward of this book, the point here is to isolate out and train one thing at a time and then move on to the next tip.
When you are able to make the ball roll true, stop and go over what you did right for a minute. When you putt and the line wobbles, forget that you ever hit that putt and start fresh.
Continue to reinforce to your mind what you do correctly and that you want more of those putts.
That night as you go to sleep, you will be replaying those visions of golf balls rolling pure from a precision stroke.
If you did just this trick for a few times a week with INTENTION as described here, you will cut your 4-10 foot misses by a third.