How to reduce the number of three-putts in your golf game |

How to reduce the number of three-putts in your golf game

Neil Gunn, IVGID's new Director of Instruction, focuses on the target during a practice swing at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
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One way to lower your golf score is to work on putting. Those three-putts can sneak up on you and ruin your game, if you let them.

Here are a few putting tips to help you reduce those three-putts:

Focus on distance control. Distance control is more important than direction because most three-putts are caused by hitting the ball too short or too long.

Also, distance helps control direction.

Start by lining up your putt for direction, and then take some practice swings next to your actual putt while engaging your target with your eyes.

Looking at the ground (and your stroke) on a practice swing shifts your focus to mechanics instead of feel. Similar to throwing sports, you want to keep your eye on the target.

After your practice swings, look down at the ball, use the swing you practiced and feel the distance. Your distance control will improve and you can say goodbye to those three-putts.

Test out different putters to make sure you’re using the right putter length, grip and head for your style. A putter should feel just right in your hands.

Putting can make or break your game so make sure to show up early for your tee-time and roll some puts in. Dedicate time to your putting at the practice areas or take a lesson or clinic for some more instruction.

“IVGID Tip” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Neil Gunn, the new PGA Director of Instruction at the Incline Village Championship Golf Course. Visit or call 775-832-1146 for information or to reserve tee-times.

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