When you are assessing the contours of the green between your ball
and the hole, you can stand, squat, or lie on our belly.
Ok, lying on your belly is not an option, but I include this to
make a point.
Standing and looking at the green sloping to one side or the other
along the path of your put will not show properly the different
Standing seems to flatten out the look of the green.
Lying on your belly will show you the immediate contours but will
not show you enough distance.
It will be too local.
Squatting is the best method to see the lie of the land.
You will be able to see each and every little slope to the right or left
along the line to the hole.
If you are in doubt even after this,
have a look at the lie of the land around the green.
Does it slope in a particular way?
From the front of the green to the back or
from back to front?
Does it slope from the sides? If it does, it will be a good bet
that the ball will break this way.
The next point I want to make is about long and middle distance
Which is more important, direction and line or distance?
You say “Both”.
I totally agree.
However, after you have worked out the line using the points
mentioned above, you will place your putter head accordingly on
your chosen line.
Once your putter is in place the direction is
taken care of. It is no longer an issue.
This means your total thoughts are now on distance.
You should know how far to take your putter head back to achieve a
Have a couple of practice puts to work out how
far back to take your putter, and do this while looking at the
It is a good idea to take your putter back very slowly and even
stop very briefly to make sure it is back far enough. Then you make
a purposeful stroke to get the ball up to the hole.
Do not try to sink this put, but think only of getting the ball
close to the hole to make sure you are down in two puts.
For the middle distance puts, do the same.
If you try to sink these puts, you will probably be too aggressive
and go too far past the hole if you miss.
This could well mean a three put green. A wasted
I won a championship once by concentrating on two putting every
To my surprise, I had several one puts.
I was not trying to sink the put, just get it close.
I remember being so surprised when
the ball fell into the hole with my first put.
It was the furthest thing from my mind.
A lovely surprise though. Hereby could hang a