As I have said many times, distance control is the most important part of putting. Tour players average around 27 putts per round. The reason they are able to have this few of putts are: they hit the ball close on their approach shots, when they miss a green they chip it close, and they have great control of the distance the ball rolls. I use a great drill to help my students improve their distance control. I will place six tees into the green at different distances from the hole three, nine, 15, 21, 27, and 33 feet. I will have them hit putts from each spot starting with the closest tee. The important element here is before they look up to see how far the ball has gone they have to tell me was it short, long or just right.
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