Golf Putting Tip: Miss Your Putts on the High Side, Past the Hole

Jim Furyk sets the all time PGA Tour scoring record of 58

Symptom:  You don’t miss your putts on the high side of the hole.  Instead you miss on the low side.

Seldom is there a need to watch your ball all the way to the hole because, well, it falls below the hole halfway to the cup and so cannot possibly go in.  So you look away in disgust, and start walking towards the hole while your ball is still rolling…

Description:  Play a bit more break on your putts, so that if you miss, your golf ball misses on the high side of the hole, not the low side.  

Why it works:  Putts that miss on the low side cannot go in the hole.  Obviously.  Putts that are tracking to the hole on the high side might go in the hole.

Jim Furyk sets the all time PGA Tour scoring record of 58 miss putts on the high side past the hole
Jim Furyk sets the all time PGA Tour scoring record of 58.

The High Side is the Pro Side

You will seldom see a pro miss a putt on the low side.  If they do, it is usually because they did not have enough pace on the putt for the ball to end up past the hole. This is why the “high side” is often called the “pro side”.  If you are going to miss, your miss needs to be on the high side.

The worst putt is the one that misses low and doesn’t make it to the hole.  The next best is the putt that misses on the high side, but doesn’t make it all the way to the hole.   Better still is the putt that makes it to the hole, but misses low.   The miss that you want is the miss that ends up past the hole, on the high side.

Of course, the putt that goes in the hole is the best of all! Jim Furyk’s amazing round of 58 is worth a look.  He makes seven straight birdies but fails to hole the putt for his eighth straight birdie.  Where does he miss?   You guessed it — on the high side (1:59).

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If you should miss your putt past the hole, you have a lot of advantages over your buddies who leave it short.  For one, you know what the comeback putt is going to do, which gives you more confidence for your next putt.  And you know that downhill putts have more break, so you can hit your next putt at the right pace. All-in-all, you are much better off with your misses on the high side, past the hole. Please let us know if this tip works for you! Like, Share, Tweet, or Email below!  

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