Golf 101 – Hitting the Long Putt

Long Putt pic

Long Putt
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An advertising and marketing executive based in New York City, Vicky Travlos formerly worked as a customer solutions and merchandising associate with BusinessWeek Magazine. Outside of her professional pursuits, Vicky Travlos enjoys playing golf.

In golf, refining your short game is one of the most consistent ways to chip away at your score. In particular, an effective long putt can spell the difference between consistent two-putts and sporadic three-putts on the green.

Because a long putt must travel a considerable distance before reaching its destination, it is important to understand the breaks at several points along the trajectory. Start by reading the breaks from behind the ball, then move to the midpoint of the putt and estimate the speed of the ball at that point. For example, if the first part of the putt is mostly uphill, side-to-side breaks in the middle of the putt will carry a slow-moving ball much farther from center than a fast-moving ball.

When it comes to the putting stroke, long putts require a longer, slower approach. Because the backswing should be longer than a normal putt, keep your stance wide and stand slightly more upright to stabilize your body throughout the stroke.

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