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8 Time Major Champ Tom Watson’s 2 keys to better putting!

8 Time Major Champ Tom Watson’s 2 keys to better putting!

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In Tom Watson’s career, he has won 71 times worldwide, including 8 Major Championships.  

So to say he was a good putter is an understatement.  He was a great putter!  Along with Nick Seitz of Golf Digest, Tom gives us insights into two key elements to be a good putter.  They seem so simple, but trust me, doing these two things will dramatically improve your putting!

8 Time Major Champ Tom Watson's 2 keys to better putting!

Tom Watson’s putting stroke is legendary!

Short putts are all too easy to miss, at any level of the game. But two simple things can help you make more of them.

First, try to hit the middle of the ball in the middle of the putter face. To make center contact, align the side stamp of the ball with the aim mark on your putter (inset). Almost all putters today are designed with the sweet spot behind that alignment aid.

8 Time Major Champ Tom Watson's 2 keys to better putting!

Next, when you stroke the putt, keep your head down for a count of at least one second after the ball is gone. You might want to think to yourself one-thousand one before looking up, especially on a must-make putt.

I made sure not to look up too soon last year when I made a putt to win the Senior PGA Championship in a playoff.

Sam Snead always said to listen for that sweet rattle when the ball hits the bottom of the cup. This helps keep the stroke accelerating and also keeps the putter face square to your putting line.

You would be surprised how often these two fundamentals are neglected. But sticking to them will make you a better putter.

Click here to see a video of Tom’s tip on better putting!
Source: Golf Digest   Nick Seitz

Picture: Dom Furore    Keith Allison

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