I’ve hit my third shot on a par 5 long and left putting me in thick rough on top of a mound. A standard pitch won’t do here—the ball will hit and scoot down the green’s slope and end up a good 30 feet past the pin. I’d be looking at a two-putt bogey at best.
Now the danger: Because I failed to return the face to square in time for impact the putt missed right even though I maintained the arc deep into my follow-through and closed the face. To compare check the bottom sequence. This is how easy putting can be. With help from Eddie and the Teacher Pointer I’ve grooved a straight-back-and-through stroke and started the ball dead on target. An automatic make!
Saving par from difficult spots is what separates great players from good ones—you need an answer for whatever the course throws at you. Consider the challenge I face in the photos above.