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The pre-shot putting routine you need under pressure

U.S. Women's Open champion Paula Creamer shares her tips and drills on how to make putts under pressure.

Released on 4/24/2018

Transcript

00:00
When I first walk onto a green,
00:01
I definitely assess it as I'm walking up.
00:03
Looking at all angles.
00:05
I have a panther, Pink Panther logo on my ball.
00:08
I just put it down, I don't have
00:08
to worry about a line or anything like that,
00:10
and then I take two practice swings
00:11
and I walk into it from behind the ball.
00:14
With my putting stroke, I actually think,
00:16
first, about not putting too much downward pressure.
00:19
So I always think about soft hands.
00:20
Keeping the putter low to the ground
00:22
as I possibly can.
00:23
My grip is conventional.
00:25
It's all about comfort.
00:26
It's all about feeling, you know, grip pressure.
00:28
My stroke is pretty much, straight back,
00:30
straight through, maybe a little bit open.
00:32
But impact is so important in starting the ball
00:34
in line, so we work a lot with that.
00:36
What I rely on the most with the pressure putt
00:39
is definitely the drills that I have done
00:41
on the putting green numerous, numerous times.
00:43
I putt on a chalk line.
00:44
I like to putt between two tees.
00:47
For speed, a good drill that I like
00:48
to do is putt to the fringe.
00:50
That way, it's just strictly about you're trying
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to get the speed of the greens,
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and it's not about if you make it or not.
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So those are three drills that I do,
00:58
pretty much every day when I get onto a putting green.
01:00
(inspirational music)
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