WHO: Lucas Glover
WHAT: A 7' 3'' par putt
WHERE: 478-yard par 4 18th hole at the Quail Hollow Club
WHEN: Final round of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship
Glover putted unbelievably well at Quail Hollow. I've never seen anything like the four-day exhibition he had on the greens. In fact, he led the field with a 1.588 average for putts taken on greens hit in regulation, and he ranks first in the Tour's new "Strokes Gained" putting statistic that measures a player's overall putting prowess. Glover putted extremely well for four days, especially in the final round on the back nine when he holed a total of 72' 10'' of putts and made two 20-plus footers. His most crucial putt was the par-saving stroke on 18 in regulation. His mighty fist-pump after holing it showed just how much that putt meant to him.
Of course, Glover has the nerves. He won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage under extreme pressure. Glover takes back the putter very slow and easy, so he doesn't interfere with the natural motion of the putter, and he brings it through impact smoothly.
It's essential to rehearse before you hit the ball. The best way to rehearse is to look at the hole and the line the ball will travel along while taking a rehearsal stroke. I call it AT&T: attaching to the target. Doing that gives you a proper feel for what you'll be doing during the real stroke and allows you to correctly judge the distance to hit the ball.
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Craig Shankland teaches at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.