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Rickie Fowler’s Tips on Becoming a Clutch Putter

You may think that all putts matter, but here we’d like to focus on the putt that you would really want to put in. It would really hurt to see a 6-to-12-footer stay out. Knocking a putt good and then missing the birdie is as discouraging as not saving a par. On the other hand, you may feel like there is a very huge gap between a double and triple bogey. Keeping the routine the same may be the key, regardless of the importance and length of a putt. However, here are some helpful tips from American professional golfer, Rickie Fowler:

  • You have to consider the exact location of the cup where you want your golf ball to enter. It’s fine with me to hit anywhere, but it would be great to be precise. What I did was work backward from the spot and imagine the path the ball will take. Consider the speed your ball must run in order to go to this path. To keep the playing pace of the group quick, it is advisable to read the green right from the time you first walk on it.
  • Grip pressure must be light. I notice that when my grip pressure is uneven or tight, my putting is just not right; it is out of whack. Grip pressure, on my part, should be not greater than three. Just hover the putter above the ground, since resting it directly on the grass may cause snagging.
  • Avoid feeling anxious. The worst thing that you can do when playing golf is being impatient. In order to hit good putts, you’ll need a quiet mind and a relaxed neck.