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    Peter Ambrose is currently a Managing Director within Merrill Lynch's Global Wealth and Investment Management Division. Peter Ambrose has success… Read More
    Peter Ambrose is currently a Managing Director within Merrill Lynch's Global Wealth and Investment Management Division. Peter Ambrose has successfully led the Merrill Lynch offices and personnel in Northern Virginia for over eight years. Read Less
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Peter Ambrose is currently a Managing Director within Merrill Lynch's Global Wealth and Investment Management Division. Peter Ambrose has successfully led the Merrill Lynch offices and personnel in Northern Virginia for over eight years.

When Peter Ambrose is away from the office, he enjoys a round of golf, which puts a premium on proper putting. Here are some ideas to improve your putting game.

Aim for a two-foot radius around the hole, rather than the hole itself. This reduces pressure, especially if it is a downhill or side-hill hole.

Your second putt should be for an easy path uphill. However, be ready in case you have a shorter distance going downhill with a break - these are significantly harder.

Regardless of the situation, bring the putter back a shorter distance than usual when stroking. Doing so permits better control and allows you to speed the ball once you strike it. Also, make certain you are hitting the ball squarely with the blade of the club.

For longer putts, focus on the target spot, which is not necessarily the hole. Discern the green's break; if it slopes toward water, for instance, take that into consideration. Wind, the condition of the grass, and the speed of the greens also play a role.