§ First, be automatic from inside 3 feet.
§ Second, chip and pitch to inside of 3-fee.*
§ *Not 4 feet, since pros make only 90% from this distance.
§ *Not 6 feet, since pros make only 50% from this distance.
§ Short Game Key: is not how well you putt, but where you putt from.
§ Most effective technique: the Mickelson "hinge and hold." Cock your wrists immediately and hold that angle while accelerating the hands toward the target even after impact.
Source(s): WSJ, Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game (2009)