How to break the 80s in 2022

Breaking the 80s is easy! All you have to do is throw a few key putts.

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Congratulations, you have improved a lot in golf in 2021! But now it’s time to take your game further in the offseason. That’s right, we’re talking about targeting that magic number that most golfers are aiming for: a score in the 70s. Here in our eight step guide to breaking 80s, we’ll talk to experts, pros and more to create the perfect plan for you to take your game to the next level.

Step 1: How do you spoil your game before you start
Step 2: How to stop wasting your stove warm-up
Step 3: How to play the right tees for you
Step 4: How to hit more fairways

So you made it your mission to break the 80s in 2022? Great! Now is the time to get down to business. As you can see above, my colleagues have already compiled some expert advice to achieve this goal. However, if you really want to achieve your goal, it all starts on the greens. Check out five expert tips for more putts below.

1. Establish your routine before the shot

Putting on well, like most things in golf, starts with a solid foundation – grip, position, alignment, etc. But one fundamental that is often overlooked is the importance of a consistent routine. Becoming a good putter starts with what you do before you even hit the ball, so you need to find a routine that you can repeat over and over again.

Check out this article on Brad Faxon’s putting routine for where to start.

2. Make fewer practice shots

Getting a feel for how you want to hit the ball can be beneficial, but too many practice shots can do more harm than good. If you stand on top of the ball practicing what you want to do for too long, it can cause you to overthink and tense up.

“So many typical putters have four or five practice strokes,” says Dave Stockton, one of the greatest putters of all time. “I put him in front of the ball, brought him over the ball, one last look at the hole and let him go.” It’s amazing, it fits all the time.

It’s that simple.

3. Focus on speed

Scott Fawcett helped revolutionize golf with his DECADE system, and a key part of his course management method is learning that speed is all that matters when it comes to putting.

“Line matters, obviously,” says Fawcett. “But it’s not as much as you think.”

In proportion to the handicap, Fawcett says most players can start the ball somewhat on their intended line. However, golfers do not have the same propensity for proper speed control. According to his research, the depth of a shooting pattern on putts will always be three to six times as deep as it is wide.

This is why practicing speed is so important. Golfers have a tighter scatter pattern on their aim than their distance, so if you can adjust your speed you’ll have an advantage over your less informed peers.

“The hole, as long as you’re a little bit functional, is going to get in the way of some putts,” he said.

4. Play for more break

Once you’ve reduced speed, you can focus on pausing the putt. And while most proficient golfers can decipher which direction the putt will break, an overwhelming majority will under-read the amount of the break.

According to research by Top 100 GOLF Professor Eric Alpenfels and his research partner, Dr. Bob Christina, 96 percent of golfers underperform their putts by more than 60 percent.

The solution? Take the amount of break you think is in the putt and triple this. But be sure to adjust your speed accordingly. You want your putt to ideally end about 18 inches beyond the hole. Plan ahead, play more breaks than you think and you’ll be amazed at how many putts start to fall.

5. Just put it on

Now that all of your boxes are checked before the putt, it’s time to step up and hit. But don’t overthink the task at hand, go for it.

“I just putt [it]Said Aaron Baddeley, one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. “It sounds funny, but it’s like throwing a ball on first base. When you pick it up from the shortstop, you don’t think about how to plant your feet. You don’t think about what position your elbow needs to be in, or when you’re going to release it… you just look where you want (the ball needs to go) and putt it.

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Zephyr Melton is associate editor for GOLF.com where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, then stopped with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists with all instructional matters and covers amateur and women’s golf.

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