You can see the value of a good putter by analyzing the typical golf course. For many courses, par--the standard number of strokes required for a good score--is 72. Each of the 18 holes requires one, two or three shots to get to the green, with two shots per hole for putting. That's exactly half of the total number of shots you need to make to have a par round. Furthermore, the best players in the game, the touring professionals, hit about 12 of the 18 greens in regulation, so they have to make up the difference with their putting. If you really want to lower your golf score, start today to become a better putter. Remember, a missed two-footer counts just the same as a drive pulled into the trees.