The "Report Card" Game for Short Putting Skill
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Try the Report Card Game to sharpen up short-putting skills under pressure with readily understandable feedback in a reasonably short, well-defined exercise.

From: PuttingZone - Teaching Tips (PDFs)

Geoff Mangum of the PuttingZone has created a large assortment of helpful PDFs with detailed tips for improving and mastering your putting.

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The Core Putt
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Gaze Dead Straight for Dead Aim
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