This was’s most-read putting tip of the year

This tip was the most well-read putting tip of the year.

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To be a successful golfer, you need to hone all parts of your game. You need to be solid from tee to green if you want to shoot good scores — there’s no way around it. But arguably the most important facet of a successful golfer’s game is his or her putting.

“Drive for show, putt for dough,” is an extremely tired cliché, but it didn’t become hackneyed for no reason. When is the last time you met a player who shot near par without a solid flatstick? My guess is never. If you want to score, you need aptitude on the greens — it’s that simple.

Our readers seemed to think so, too. Instruction is always a popular vertical on, but in 2020 it was even more so. With work from home as a new norm and social distancing a must, golf took off in popularity. Putting advice was among the most sought-after.

Back in June, GOLF’s Director of Game Improvement Luke Kerr-Dineen sent out an email chain to the resident low handicappers posing the question, “What’s your advice to golfers who have no confidence over short putts?” We responded, he put the article together and it became the most popular putting tip(s) of the year.

You can read the entire article here, or you can see a short summary of the responses below.

1. They don’t practice them enough
2. They don’t have a system
3. They don’t look at the hole (on practice strokes)
4. They’re not aggressive
5. They look up too soon

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Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.