Why You 3-Putt and How to Stop
Assess Your Putt
Walk up to the green and look at your ball in perspective to the hole. Do you have an uphill, side hill or downhill putt? How far away is the hole? Will you have to contend with a break as the ball rolls to the hole? These are important questions that you should answer quickly. Do not dwell on them. Figure out what you need to do and walk confidently to your ball.
Take One Practice Swing
Golfers often feel like they need to put the perfect stroke on their ball when putting from a distance of 20 feet or more. In order to sink that long putt, they probably do. But most golfers should be trying to get their ball in the hole in two putts. Take one practice stroke, and then get into putting position and hit the ball. Do not dwell on your putt.
Draw an Imaginary Circle
The circumference of a golf hole is 4¼ inches. This is a difficult target for nearly all golfers on a lengthy putt. However, most pros tell their students to imagine that the hole is 2 feet in circumference and that they should try to leave the ball somewhere in that zone when putting from long distance. Many golfers feel this takes the pressure off and helps them to become more accurate putters.