WATCH: Rickie Fowler Demonstrates How He Reads a Putt

Published 04/12/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler putts on the 9th green during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Rickie Fowler was all over the news last week for failing to gain an invite to the 2021 Masters. However, Fowler is not too hung up about missing Augusta this year and he’s focusing on getting better. A major strength of a player’s game lies in his putting, and Fowler recently delivered a masterclass on how he reads his putts. 

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As for Fowler, he is pretty strong in his putting game. The Oklahoma State University alum has been vastly successful with his putting on the professional tour, and he currently uses a ‘Scotty Cameron X5 Prototype’ as his regular putter. 

While equipment may vary, it is important for a golfer to understand the intricacies of putting. More than any other stroke, putting requires more concentration and skill to read the course. 

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Worry no more, because Rickie Folwer recently collaborated with TaylorMade for an informative video on putting.

Video: Rickie Fowler never forgets the basics when it comes to putting

Putting is an art and every golfer should master it to develop a complete game. Rickie Fowler stood in front of a 15-foot putt in his video and rendered a lot of important information one should always keep in mind when approaching such shots. 

Mar 20, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler looks at his club after chipping on to the 18th green during the third round of The Honda Classic golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“I typically never go on the high side at all. I’m always looking from underneath so I can look and see what the putt’s doing. Obviously double breakers are a little different you got two sides,” Fowler stated his opinion. 

But high-side or low side, there are always a few basic ideas that every golfer should have in mind before approaching a putt. One would be to identify the elevation of the green in the respective area, and Fowler explained the other:

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“I’ll go back behind the hole and a big thing for me is, once I’ve gotten up here, I’m then looking ‘Okay where’s the ball going into the hole at.’ If you’re talking about a clock system or with break, so you know this putt’s obviously going to break over here so I’m kind of starting that’s where I’m going in and I’m going to start drawing a line back,” Fowler mentioned. 

The concept would be better understood if a reader watches the video above. Rickie Fowler delicately explains the major factors that go into making a putt on the green. Converting a long putt can be a strenuous job, but Fowler’s been a genius at managing the pace of his shots. 

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Rickie Fowler is a master at making putts from four inches or less. However, he also holds good records at making putts that are 10 inches or lesser. Furthermore, Fowler’s made a total of 1,450 putts in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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