Danny Willett reveals the No. 1 thing golfers need to become a low-handicap
Pretty much every avid golfer dreams of one day becoming a “low-handicapper.” How do you do it? Turns out, the road to getting their is a pretty simple one, at least according to former Masters Champion and Callaway Golf staffer Danny Willett.
“Go practice your short game,” Willett says. “It really is that simple. Higher handicappers lose so many shots around the green.”
Do The Simple Stuff Well
It’s a bit of a cliché to tell people that they need to work on their chipping and putting, but it’s a cliché because it’s true, says Willett, who adds that ability on the greens is the biggest thing separating amateur golfers.
“Pros may be able to swing faster and put more time in the gym, but chipping and putting isn’t about that,” he says. “If you can do the simple things well … eliminate three putts, you’ll begin dropping so many shots.”
And it’s something Willett himself still prioritizes. Last year, it prompted a change to his equipment: He put Odyssey’s Stroke Lab Tuttle putter into play and says “it’s going to be a long while before it comes out.” He had always used a line when he was putting, but what drew him to the Tuttle was the longer length of the line, which he says helped him align more effectively.
“I wanted a line that went straight front-to-back on my putter,” Willett says. “That’s just what fit my eye the best … on some putters, that line can look broken, and it puts me off.”
But the most important thing for golfers need to improve their own putting is smart practice, and finding a system that works for you.
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