Golf Tips: Putt Instead of Chip to Save Strokes




Golfers of all skill levels are always looking for a way to lower their scores. The quickest way to do so is tightening up that short game. Going with a putter instead of the conventional play with a wedge can save you a handful of strokes per round!

PGA professional Johan Kok recommends putting instead of chipping when just off the green.

“I’m going to show you a very easy and simple way to shave some shots off your game,” Kok begins.

From the fringe. While many amateurs reach for a wedge or other lofted iron when on the fringe, Kok says to reach for the putter. There’s not much to it. As he says, “maybe just hit it a hair harder.” Go ahead and make your normal stroke. Putting from the fringe can help you roll the ball closer to the hole, within tap-in distance.

From first cut of rough. Kok says it’s rare to see an amateur use a putter in this situation. But it’s a smart play if you have a good lie and not much rough to go through. Put the ball a little farther back in your stance to encourage a downward blow that makes first contact with the ball. Again, there’s not much else to do other than perhaps striking the putt slightly harder.

“I can guarantee you most of the time that putter is going to be your best option from either of these situations,” Kok concludes.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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