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Did anyone see Jason Day hit a totally fat tee shot a couple weeks ago in Hawaii that went about 50 yards, then screw up his approach, then reach the green about 25 feet from the cup, and drop the putt for a par? Putting can salvage a lousy hole like a grand slam homer when your team’s down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth. Three flubs and a bomb can get the golf gods dancing around your head, breathing new life into a ho hum round, like Robert Garrigus dropping a 50 foot eagle putt for a share of the lead after a poor third round in Hawaii. That’s the point of never letting golf get you down: A great putt may just be over the horizon. Remember that, Ray Romano (the Master of Negative Thinking): One great putt can help you break 80.

And despite the golf pundits, putting doesn’t require much technique. You take the shortest, most easily controlled club in the bag, (more…)

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I’m not big on tooting my own horn, but this is one of those major accomplishments I simply must share. The last time I broke 80 was 1997, until two weeks ago when I shot a 77 at Bennett Valley in Santa Rosa CA, a tree-lined muni that is quite challenging. These 13 years have been frustrating as far as my golf goals are concerned. Swing, club, and ball changes. Different putters. Lessons. Books on the mental game. And looking for that elusive chipping stroke that helped me break 80 a number of times when I was a teenager. I felt sentenced to a 13 handicap, unable to break that magic barrier. Big numbers on any given day would sink the good ship 70 something.

But I’d stumbled on something around my swing and my chipping technique, which I will share with you, (more…)

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