This is one in a series of articles written by 47-year teaching pro Ozzie Carlson and is designed to help golfers improve their game.

Throughout this season we’ve explored improving all parts of the game but the one that is the fastest way to lower scores: putting.

I’ve saved putting until the end because I’d hoped my “The Evolution of Putting” video series would be ready for streaming and download. Stay tuned to golfstruck.com for release date of this game-changing opportunity to learn how you, too, can become an excellent putter by mastering the Three Simple Truths of Excellent Putting via my discovery of Five Important Putting Breakthroughs, on the carpet at home this winter.

Ever since they cut that first cup in a pasture in Scotland, putting has been and continues to be that facet of the game most shrouded in mystery for golfers at all levels. Every tour player, and competitive amateur alike, understands that excellent putting punches the ticket to the winner’s circle. So if you want to win, you have to make putts!

The putting stroke is the simplest, shortest stroke in the game and with the fewest moving parts. So excellent putting, on its surface, should actually require less talent than any other part of the game.

So what’s the problem? The target in putting is significantly smaller than for any other shot. So with a putter in our hands, we need to be far more precise. However, since we rarely encounter a straight/level putt, we most often have to aim somewhere other the hole to get the ball to fall into the hole. Psychologically, particularly when needing to be precise, that’s tough!

Yet, we’ve all had those rare days on the greens, when our stroke is pure magic, when we can see the line and the cup just seems to get in the way. And then, just as suddenly and unpredictably, the magic’s gone!

Wouldn’t it be nice to become a consistently…