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 your ball instead of risking an errant chip or pitch shot. This truly is the best golf tip ever known.
This means you should spend sufficient practice time putting from different fringes of various greens of 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 of your ball rolling nearer the cup when putting rather than when chipping.
How many tournamnents have been lost simply because the golfer leading the tournament decided to chip or pitch his or her ball from slightly off the green instead of putting it?
This may be one of the reasons why Arnold Palmer suggested to Jack Nicklaus years ago that he should always consider putting his ball instead of trying to chip it from the fringe or collar of the green. Apparently, Arnold had learned this lesson the hard way after previously chunking a few shots around the green, himself.
You shouldn’t have to learn this lesson the hard way if you only spend one-half of your practice time on putting from the fringe of various greens on the course you regularly play. If you do, you could expect to knock several strokes off your score in future rounds of golf.
However, putting from the fringe or collar of a green is not always the best choice. 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.
Nevertheless, in most situations you will find putting the better choice. Try putting instead of chipping whenever you can and I believe you will agree that this is the best golf tip ever. After all, putting still accounts for approximately 40 percent of your score.
Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson