The art of pressure putts
Suzanne Petterson’s winning Solheim Cup moment will go down in history as one of the all-time great pressure putts, but would you have made it? Click below to find out.
How many times have you got excited over a birdie putt only to end up walking off with a bogey? How many times have you struggled up to the green and then one-putted to save your hole? Your putter can be your downfall or your saviour. It can make every hole that much worse or that much better. Every. Single. Time.
Now that we’ve scared you with the reality of it (sorry!), it’s only fair we lend you a helping hand. The graphic above shows what we call a ‘dustbin lid’ around the hole; a much larger target to aim for, which encourages more confidence and fewer three-putts.
Set yourself up with some mid-range putts on the putting green and work on consistently finishing them inside that target (about 2 foot in radius). Your focus is on distance control with this drill, so that you give yourself very makeable follow-up putts if it doesn't end up in the bottom of the cup. Visualising the target when you’re out on the course could be very beneficial too!
Once your distance control has improved - and, trust us, it will - finding a putter that suits your stroke will help. Aiding you in this is PING’s new PLD putters, which give you every opportunity to attack the hole while helping alleviate the dangers.
The first way of doing this is the Aggressive Milling Pattern on the face giving you precision if you want to go for an aggressive putt. Additionally, a perimeter weighting tightens dispersion and enhances forgiveness on your putts; letting you find the dustbin lid consistently.
While all of the PING PLD putters are fantastic, there are four different models for a reason. Each putter delivers different performance to suit different players, which makes getting fitted with us incredibly important if you want to get the most out of it.