The cool American has made a big improvement on the greens. Is it a new green-reading technique?
Jason Dufner is undoubtedly the world's in-form golfer.
The cool American sandwiched his wedding day with two PGA Tour wins and nearly made it three in five weeks at the Crowne Plaza last month.
Dufner had never won before, and the main reason was problems with putting
His tee-to-green play is regarded among the best in the world's top 50, so the issue is always getting the ball in the hole. Indeed, he ranks outside the top 100 in the PGA Tour's new strokes gained category, which measures putting performance against the field.
"I’m not crazy about being on a putting
green. I don’t like practising it. I don’t like it in tournaments," said Dufner.
“That’s probably 50 percent of my problem with it, so I need to assess my attitude towards putting
, and I think that would probably go a long way into helping me putt better.”
Dufner's recent - and vast - improvement on the greens may have come from a technique other than an attitude reversal, though.
Speaking after his impressive win at the Byron Nelson
, where he drained a sloping 25-footer to take the title, he said:" I don't read putts.
"I don't say to myself, that putt breaks a cup or two cups, I just try to see visually where I want the ball to roll, see it going in the hole visually."
Is this a good way for golfers who struggle on the greens to clear their heads and hole more putts, or something only those with the natural talent and eye of a PGA Tour professional should try?
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