It isn’t always smart to expect to sink a putt. Unless you are within 6 feet of the hole, you’re probably better off to try to get down in two putts. The first should be putted close to the hole and the second should be tapped into the hole. After all, two putts is par on every hole.

By the same reasoning, the smart golfer uses two different theories of putting if he is trying to sink a putt underĀ 6 feet, or if he is trying to putt close to the hole on his first putt and leave an easy second putt.

If you are trying to sink your putt, estimate hitting it hard enough so that it will not lose momentum and tail off at the hole. Usually this is estimated to be hard enough to run 12 to 18 inches past the hole.

If you are trying to hit it close to the hole, estimate how hard to hit the ball to get it to stop at the hole, so that you are left, not with a 12 to 18 inch putt, but with a very short tap-in.

Of course, there are those putters who do not differentiate between the putting theories and use the same technique no matter the situation.

I personally use the stop at the hole theory all the time. I figure a 2 inch putt short of the hole is equal to a two inch putt beyond the hole. I’m interested in the 2″ leave.

Many golfers want to never leave a putt short. “95% of all short putts don’t go in,” they say. I say, “95% of putts that go past the hole don’t go in either.”

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