How to Avoid Three Putts: Advice from Pro Golfers
Simple tips to lower your scores
A putt in golf means a light stroke made on a putting green so that the ball goes into the hole. Three-putting means the same as it sounds. When the golfer has to make three putts on the putting green, to get the golf ball into the hole, it is called a 3-putt. It is absolutely not good to make a 3-putt. The reason is the notion of par. The par in a hole comprises of two putts. A par-3 hole is ranked so because it is expected from an expert golfer to reach the green in 1 stroke and get the ball into the hole in two putts. The same goes for par-4, par-5 holes and so on, where the golfer has only two-putts in his kitty and the rest are other kinds of strokes.
When you are on the golf course, follow these tips to avoid 3-putt. Observe the slope of the ground as soon as you reach the green. For observing, you need to get down of your cart 20-30 yards away from the green and walk up to it. Check the slope, fall lines, where are the run-off areas and catch basins. All these things will tell you the weakest point of the green and how the putts can be broken.
The next step is to take the first putt. Do not hit it too hard that it goes far away from the hole and you are left stranded at a 10-feet distance from the hole again. All you have to do is to hit a smooth first putt so that the second putt can be hit at a manageable distance.
Practice chip-shots to reduce your putts. Amateur golfers can hardly hit 5 greens continuously in an 18-hole round. It means that you have many opportunities to stroke chip shots. Chip your ball in the greens to make sure that the ball reaches near the hole. Uphill putts are more manageable than downhill putts. Good chippers make lesser putts.
Some other tips
You can avoid 3-putts by a simple practice. Place 10 balls around the hole in a circle at a distance of 3 feet each. Try to hit all the balls into the hole. Write down the score and track the improvement. Try this exercise with different distances, 5-feet, 7-feet, 10-feet etc. your putts will definitely come down. Enjoy the game with lower scores and even lesser putts.