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Jason Laws: Master Green Speed - Australian Golf Digest Jason Laws: Master Green Speed - Australian Golf Digest

A 15-minute drill to lower your scores

There is no tournament in world golf more influenced by green speed than the Masters. The perched putting surfaces that camber left and right, forward and back, and regularly run at 14 on the Stimpmeter challenge the putting strokes of the world’s best players.

Your pre-round focus should be the same as theirs at Augusta National: dial in your speed on the greens. In the time before you tee off, spend 15 minutes on the practice putting green hitting putts from 10, 20 and 30 feet. Hit 10 putts from each distance uphill, downhill, left-to-right and right-to-left.

The speed of each putt is different from every angle, so we need to invest time before a round to get a feel for that speed. Allocate just 15 minutes prior to your round to this drill and watch your scores drop almost instantly. 

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