Oftentimes in match-play situations, golfers fall victim to the fact that the comeback putt might not matter
Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns are two of the best golfers in the world, but on the 15th hole of their first match of the Presidents Cup, they did something that made them look like weekend hackers.
After Scheffler blasted out of a greenside bunker, Burns sized up a seven-footer for par. He drew the putter back, made contact … and then watched as the ball rolled through the break and came to a rest five feet past the hole. Facing the comebacker, Scheffler did the same thing, hitting his putt much too hard, eventually settling three feet beyond the hole.
The moment was a tipping point in the duo’s match against Cam Davis and Si Woo Kim, but it also showcased one of the biggest mistakes match-play golfers make on the greens.
Oftentimes in match-play situations, golfers fall victim to the fact that the comeback putt might not matter. As a result, they hit the ball with much more pace than they typically would — especially when they are in a must-make situation. When you have a putt that has to go in, you never want to leave it short, but that often results in overcompensation.
However, hitting the putt harder than you would normally only hurts your chances of holing it. That’s because the harder you hit the putt, the smaller you make the hole.
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