One of the best golf tips is to putt from the fringe whenever possible.
The reason why this is one of the best golf tips is that the odds are much more in your favor of getting the ball nearer, if not within, the cup by putting from the fringe instead of attempting to chip the ball to the hole. It is a proven way to improve your golf game.
Back in the Palmer- Nicklaus era, Arnold supposely told Jack that you should always putt from the fringe instead of trying to chip the ball close to the cup, if possible. Recently, I heard Hank Haney make the same suggestion.
If you really want to save strokes when your ball is lying on the fringe or collar of a green, you should always consider putting the ball instead of risking an errant chip or pitch shot.
This means you should spend sufficient practice time putting from different fringes of various greens on the courses you regularly play.
Indeed, you may want to compare the odds of getting “down in two” when putting and chipping from the same spot of the fringe. Most likely you will find the odds are much better by your ball rolling near the cup when putting rather than when chipping.
If you spend only one-half the time during your practice putting from the fringe of various greens on your course as you spend on the practice range with your woods and irons, you could expect to knock several strokes off your score in a matter of weeks.
One of the best putting methods is what I refer to as Locked-In Putting. It requires the left elbow to be connected to the left rib cage when stroking shorter putts and the right elbow to be connected to the right rib cage when stroking longer putts.
This has to be one of the best golf methods when it comes to putting.
More information about the Locked-In Putting System to improve your golf game and lower your scores can be found at http://lockedingolf.com
However, please remember this caveat: it is most difficult to putt from deep rough around a green.
Even when there is minimum rough you should study the situation very carefully before electing to putt instead of to chip.
Try putting instead of chipping whenever you can and you should agree this to be one of the best golf tips you will ever receive.
Copyright © 2012 by Gordon Jackson
Gordon Jackson is the founder of http://lockedingolf.com and the author of 12 golf instructional books, including How To Hit A Golf Ball As Straight-As-An-Arrow and Hit It Dead Straight.