Originally Published: March 3, 2012 11:21 p.m.
A popular expression in golf is "Drive for show....Putt for dough!" Even if you hit your driver 300 yards it won't matter if you don't know how to putt.
All professionals will agree that putting is the most important part of golf and that the putter is the one club in your bag that you will use the most. There are only two goals in good putting. First is good "direction" and second is good "distance". Of those two, I think the one you should practice the most is "distance" control.
A simple way to practice your distance, or speed, on the greens is to practice with your eyes closed. After you line up a practice putt toward the hole, close your eyes, stroke the balls and try to guess if the putt is short or long. You will soon be able to "internalize" the amount of stroke you will need to make the ball roll a specific distance.
Practice putting with your eyes closed will help to develop that "feel" for distance and your ability to "putt for dough".
Mack McCarley is the PGA Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Courses and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.