How To Read Long Putts |
by Harry E. Fontaine Sr
I have seen a big improvement in my long putting by applying a concept I remembered from playing chess in college.
"Never make a move until you know what your opponent's options are in responding."
Thus, while lining up a putt and sighting it while at address, I divide the distance into 2- to 4-foot sections and ask myself, "How will the ball roll or respond when I strike it just that far, then how will it respond after the next 2 to 4 feet, and so on until it reaches the hole?
I think it's an effective way to deal with both the line and distance on long putts, but it also can be helpful on the shorter, breaking ones.