I have a terrible problem with three putts. I do great on the practice green or when playing a casual round. But every time I get to a critical putt in a more serious round it seems like I three putt and the round is ruined. Help!
That particular tournament provides another instructive example. Davis Love three putted in an even more critical situation on the 72nd hole. He left a medium range downhill putt about 2 feet short. On his next effort he just gently touched the ball to start it rolling and missed on the left. Either the putt did not break as he planned or he pushed it. Dr. Putt's would offer two gentle observation on how Mr. Love could have avoided this unfortunate outcome. 1) On a downhill putt, try to stroke the ball to the hole on the first putt--an uphill second putt is easier than a downhill second putt. Mr. Love reported in an interview after the tournament that he was afraid of rolling the ball too far by the hole on the first putt. His fear should have been about leaving it short. 2) On critical short putts, do not give the hole away--stroke short putts firm enough to remove some break so that you can aim inside the hole. This minimizes the effect of misreading the break. Had Mr. Love avoided either of these two errors, he likely would have been in a playoff.
Yet despite these mishaps, both of these gentlemen have
had relatively successful careers. We should do so well!