From GOLF GAME TIPS: Here's Today's Tip... Putting. When faced with a lengthy putt, many people try to visualize a hula hoop around the hole that they want the ball to end up in. “Just get it close,” they murmur to themselves. This strategy can lead to 3 putts simply because the golfer is not focused enough. By picking a small, finite target, you can focus and zero in on exactly where you want the ball to go – hopefully into the hole instead of around it.