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Improve Your Putting: Stop 3 Putting

Professional golfers make mistakes just like the rest of us. But there is one mistake they make that really irks them, and that is three-putting a hole.

The point here is even the very best golfers in the world will occasionally three-putt, so do not be too hard on yourself if you do too on occasion.

We all do. But there are some techniques you can put to work to help you minimize those three-putts. Here are some suggestions:

1. It is wrong to believe that most three-putts take place on very long putts. A lot of golfers will sadly attest to making three-putts on three-foot putts! The point?

The point is do not be too over-confident when you walk up to a short putt. True, shorter putts are often easier to make than longer ones, but putting too quickly or putting without taking a moment to settle down can often lead to a missed shot.

2. Control Your Emotions: A missed putt, especially a missed short putt, often results in anger or frustration. Putting while you are angry can often lead to more missed putts. Settle down before you take your next putt.

3. Short Putting: This does not apply to everyone but it does apply to enough golfers that it needs to be addressed. Three-putting is often the result of short putting. Short putting is when your ball rolls forward but stops way short of the hole, thus leaving you another difficult putt which you are just as likely to miss as the first.

Short putting can be rooted in many different things including a lack of confidence. The cure for short putting is mastering distance control. And mastering distance control on the green should be a routine part of all of your putting practice sessions.

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A good drill for mastering distance control on the practice green is to take several balls and putt them to an imaginary line that bisects the cup. Don't worry about sinking them, just concentrate on getting the ball to that line or a little beyond the line. This is one of the best distance controls drills you can perform and it really works.

4. In order to get the ball close to the hole on long putts you have to hit the ball hard enough to get it there. Common sense. If you find yourself with a long putt and are unsure of how much force you need to use, go to a point about half-way between the ball and the cup and take a few practice swings from that location.

Because you are closer to the hole, your memory muscles will probably be able to read the putt better. Take this information with you to the ball, and when you set up to putt bring your putter back twice as far as you did on the closer practice putt. This may feel odd but give it a try anyway.

5. The 3-Foot Circle: This one has been around for ages, and it works for many golfers who use it. The concept is simple: Imagine a three-foot circle around the cup. Your objective is to get your golf ball within that circle. Don't concentrate too much on sinking the putt; just get the ball within that circle.

This tip all but assumes that you will need to make one more putt, but that putt will be much closer to the hole. If the ball drips into the cup, great! But if it does not, you only have a short three-foot (or less) putt to make now.

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