The key to making more putts is to improve your aim. If your aim is good, you won’t have to compensate in your stroke to correct the pull or push. The less compensation there is the better the contact, resulting in more putts. A great way to keep your alignment straight is to draw two parallel red lines about half an inch apart on your golf balls, then draw another two lines on the top of your putter. These last two should be slightly curving and converge to meet the lines on the ball. When viewed from behind the ball it should look something like a road disappearing over a hill. Practice hitting the ball so that the lines on your putter exactly meet the lines on the ball. This will help to improve your aim and even better, it doesn’t break any USGA rules. Another thought – do you need a new putter? Some people have a higher accuracy rate using two-ball or three-ball putters. Don’t fall into bad habits. If people like Tiger Woods continually check their putting aim, why shouldn’t you?
Experts will tell you that the best approach for putting is a bold one. Too many times golfers have gone easy on their hits only to fall short enough to make them annoyed (to say the least). But when they play more aggressively and overrun the hole, the damage is not as severe. While a delicate putt might be fine for a green that is smooth and fast, bold strokes are far more likely to take the ball to the hole and they are super for a green that is shaggy, where a delicate swing is not. So if you get into the habit of playing bold putts, you will be more likely to sink that ball.
Dave “Professor Putt” Pelz, used a special putting robot to prove that the putt most likely to succeed in its aim is one that’s firm enough to carry the ball 17 inches past the hole. A firm stroke is a good stroke, according to Greg Norman, who plays all his putting shots aggressively.
Another good thing about aggressive putting is that if you putt the ball past the hole in a long shot, you’ll be able to see how it breaks and thus get an idea of what the ball will do in the return putt. If you’re short of the hole, you’ll deprive yourself of this important information. When you get the ball to the hole every time – even if you don’t sink it – you’ll be able to pick up certain patterns in your playing that may need adjustment. For instance you might see that you often hit to the right or the left and so need to correct an alignment problem. In a word – go aggressive when you putt.