Short game improvementAugust 14, 2011

Trying The Long Putter

How I got my confidence back on the greens

The first four-footer I had to make with my new long putter was in the first round of the Match Play in February. It was on the third hole, against Ben Crane. I actually got very nervous. If I missed, the previous five weeks would have been a waste. I rolled it in, and even though I lost the match, for the first time in a long time, I made all the putts we're expected to make out here.

Adam Scott

Why did I switch? My putting confidence was really low, and my stats from less than 10 feet were atrocious. My teacher, Brad Malone, had a long putter, so I started fooling around with it. I could feel that my rhythm immediately improved, and I was putting a great roll on the ball. I was interested but wanted to keep it quiet, so Brad bought one for me at a local golf shop. I practiced only in my back yard. (Scotty Cameron built me the one I'm using now. It's 49 inches.) I knew it worked, but putting well at the Masters was huge.

The way I do it is not complicated, and it's based more on my natural feel than any instruction. I don't take a practice stroke, so I step up with my right hand only on the club (on right and below) and eye-up the line. Then I take my stance and place my left hand at the top, checking the line again. Finally, I reposition my right hand--forefinger down the shaft--and go (above). My feel is really good right now, and I'm making putts. My putting is finally measuring up to the rest of my game. (See Scott's driver swing)

Adam Scott