Tiger Tip's

How to stare down the long, breaking putt

One of the keys to effective lag putting is a good read withproper speed. That's particularly true on a big breaker. What gooddoes it do me to get the ballrolling on the correct line if I knock it six feet past the hole?  The reason I focus on the speedof a putt is because speed determines line.
I've always been pretty good at reading greens. Wish I could say the same about my speed.  When I was younger, I tried to take as much break out of a putt as possible. Sometimes that tactic meant a long comebacker, which more often than not I'd ram into the back of the cup.Tour greens running 12 or moreon the Stimpmeter are a lot more challenging. You must be able to die the ball at the hole on a severely breaking putt, because you're putting to a spot and letting gravity take the ball toward the hole. If it's rolling too fast or slow, you've got no shot at getting it to stop within kick-in range.
I've gotten lucky and hooped a few big breakers, including a 60-foot doublebreaker on the island green at TPC at Sawgrass when I won the 2001 Players Championship. Just as memorable was a putt at Augusta National's par-3 16th in the final round of the 1997 Masters. It had such a huge break, I had to turn my back to the hole and allow for a 90-degree turn halfway there. It was probably the closest I came to a three-putt all week.


          Tiger's Chipping Secrets

I might not show it, but I getreally pumped any time I cansave a stroke. As Pop always says, "Golf is like banking. Once you make a deposit, do your absolute best not to make a withdrawal." That's why a par-saving 10-footer is as satisfying to me as a 40-foot snake for birdie.
No matter your level of expertise, you're going to miss greens, especially on courses that are set up tough. The key is chipping it close enough to have a realistic chance at par. My scrambling stats on tour (third in 2000, first in 2001, first in 2002) have been pretty good, mainly because of improved touch around the green. A lot of times those saves help me maintain momentum -- crucial to going low and staying in contention.

                   The Basic Chip Shot
Narrow your stance Position the ball back of center.  Keep your hands ahead of the ball.   Lean a little toward the target.  Strike the ball with a downward blow

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