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On longer putts (let's say outside 30 feet) it's all about speed. Many players concentrate too much on the line and often leave the putt 5 feet short or 5 feet long...

On shorter putts (those "gotta make" 3 to 6 feet putts) be very still and keep your head down. A common mistake on these shorter putts is the movement of head and/or body since the desire within to make the shorter putt is the strongest of all.

Here's a fun game which will improve your putting. Putt nine holes of big breaking putts (putts that break more than 3 feet). Move the distance around from 8 to 40 feet. Making the putt is great but if the ball doesn't go in leave the ball 1 foot high and 1 foot short. Give yourself 5 points each time you do that. If the ball breaks under the cup and rolls anywhere past the cup you get a minus 10 points for that. Can you get to 20 points? See if you can - and have fun!

© 2005 Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

The Driver...

Slow back and accelerate through. For players who slice the drive try to release the club more through impact by feeling your right hand roll over the left hand just through the impact area.

Wedge and short irons...

It's a far too common practice for players to position the ball even with the front foot when hitting a sand, lob or pitching wedge and an 8 or 9 iron. Those clubs should be played with the ball positioned at about the middle of your stance. Positioning the ball too far forward in your stance is going to result in more fat and thin shots which will kill your scoring opportunities.

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