How to Turn 15-Footers Into Easy Makes
If your read is right, you'll drain it every time with this simple alignment method
By Tom F. Stickney II
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You miss a lot of putts with what you think is a solid stroke
• You don't have a reliable pre-putt routine
You rarely three-putt, but can't seem to make anything longer than 15 feet, either.
Why It's Happening
If you're leaving your long putts in tap-in range, then it's your aim that's off when you putt from mid-range. If your putterface points just one degree left or right of your intended target on a 15-footer, you'll miss the hole by 3 inches.
Get Straight From the Start
The best alignment routine I've seen to date comes from Dr. Lanny Johnson and PGA Tour professional Howard Twitty. Testing with the SAM PuttLab shows that golfers learn to aim dead straight after only three attempts with this method.
STEP 1 Stand behind the ball and determine your line while holding the putter in your dominant hand. Make sure you're directly behind the ball and not to the side.