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Top 10 Putting Tips

Debrief Yourself

After you've made your putt, it's time to bask in your fellow golfers' admiration, right? Wrong. Golf guru Fred Shoemaker writes that it's crucial to take a few seconds and analyze your shot, to retain whatever you've learned from it. It's even more important to do that when you miss a putt. Evaluate how good your pre-visualization was. And how well did you keep it in your mind as you translated it into action? If you wavered in your focus, figure out what distracted you, and remind yourself to concentrate more fully next time. Shoemaker calls this the "debrief" of the shot, and sees it as a must for becoming a great putter [source: Shoemaker].