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Hey everybody, its MASTERS WEEK! I have to admit since I was a young golfer I always looked forward to The Masters.  I still remember watching video of Seve win his first and listening to him talk about how much he enjoyed the golf course.  Do you remember Tiger’s putt in ’97 to seal his record-breaking performance?  How about Phil’s putt to clinch his first Major in 2004? Do you remember Adam Scott’s putt in 2011 to take the clubhouse lead?  Those are some great putts under immense pressure on extremely putting surfaces.  The imagination that is needed to play well and succeed at Augusta has always captivated me.  I have had the pleasure to be there during my playing days in College and most recently played with one of my Tour players.  The TV really doesn't do justice to how severe the putting surfaces at Augusta are.  The players need to manage not only big breaking putts but also super fast greens, which only adds to the difficulty.


The chances of many of us to play Augusta are very minimal but perhaps most of us will definitely play or have played in very fast greens.  So, the question is, how can I become a better fast green putter?  Lets take a few things into account, what changes the faster the greens become?  Typically, the ball needs to be hit with less pace which in turn will make the time that the ball take to get to the hole increase.  Another things that dramatically changeis break.  The faster the green the more putts will break.  When both of these things come together, softer pace and more break, the ball will tend to break more than what we actually see.  So, a great drill to work on for preparing for fast greens is to set up a station, with as much break as your green allows and set it up with the slowest pace for it to barely go in.  This will tremendously improve your feel and will demonstrate how soft you will need to hit the putt for the ball to have a chance of going in.  Another important tip for super fast greens is grip pressure.  The softer your grip pressure the easier it is to allow the putter head to move freely and also a low grip pressure releases a lot of tension.  Too much tension and it will be very hard for you to be a good fast green putter.

Remember, putt like you train!





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