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EA Sports PGA Tour: How to Putt Like a Pro

A step-by-step guide on how to put your way to Masters glory!

EA Sports PGA Tour Road to the Masters is a golf video game that allows players to experience the thrill of professional golf and compete in prestigious tournaments such as the glorified Masters Tournament.

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Mastering the art of putting is crucial to excelling in the game and achieving greatness. In fact, mastering the art of the short game is instrumental to your golf game and the difference between a birdie, par, or a high-scoring bogie. 

In this article, Prima Games will provide a step-by-step guide on how to putt effectively in EA Sports PGA Tour Road to the Masters. And trust when one says… It takes a lot of experience to get it right.

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Understand the Basics of Putting in EA Sports PGA Tour

Putting in Road to the Masters can be straightforward, challenging, or even hard. Depending on where you’ve placed your ball on the green following a long drive, near or far to the hole, will determine the putting task ahead of you. 

To understand the basics of putting, you must first understand the physics and elements that affect it. When close to the hole, it’s hard to miss, but make no mistake, golf is not your friend and will be unforgiving if you’re not precise in most moments.

To learn more about the different shot types in the game, you can read: All EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters Shot Types Listed

What Elements Affect Putting in Road to the Masters?

Many elements affect your putting and short game. In fact, everything surrounding you impacts the direction and speed of how the ball rolls towards the hole.

Here are the elements that will influence the roll of your ball:

Where You Land On the Greens

The starting point is always the most important. Where you drop your ball on the greens after an approach, punch, or drive can be the difference between an easy or hard back-end game.

The Slope

Depending on the slope between the hole and you will determine what way the ball rolls. Because the greens’ landscapes are uneven, the ball never rolls true and straight. Only when you’re close to the hole does it run straight-ish.

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Power and Putting Guide (Screenshot: EA Sports PGA Tour)

The Wind

The wind never leaves but only blows them and will always influence your shot, long or short. Only a stinger defies the laws of wind. But when you putting, your ball’s roll is vulnerable to the wind.

Related: EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters: All Golf Courses Listed

The Distance

The further you are, the harder you must hit and the more your shot is influenced by the terrain en route to ending your round.

This is where reading the field of play and understanding nature’s function in the game is vital and must become “second nature” to you. In order to go from a young Padawan to a Master Jedi putter, you must become one with nature.

How to Read the Slope

To read the slope or the many different ways the greens can slope, you need to look at the grid and watch what directions the little blue lines are flowing and how fast they are flowing in that direction.

The faster the flow, the bigger the downslope and the more the ball will curve in that direction. If the flow is slow, the slope is not intense, and the role is not fast.

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Long put (Screenshot: EA Sports PGA Tour)

Baby Steps: Use the Putting Guide

If you’re not used to golfing and are a newbie to the game, or even a weathered player, then using the guide will help you read the pitch much easier. The guide plus the grid will help you identify the ball roll, what angle the ball will curve, and how much curve the ball will have. 

Once you’ve identified the length and angle, use the keypad to turn your golfer to the side where the line curves or bends. For example, turn the golfer left if the line has a curve on the left. If the hook of the angle is on the right-hand side, turn your Pro to the right. Don’t be scared to turn your golfer. The bigger the curve, the more you need to turn.

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Putting Grid and Guide (Screenshot: EA Sports PGA Tour)

Related: EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters Pure Strike Explained 

From there, it will take your precise judgement to complete the shot. Once ready, check the power bar behind your putter, pull back the analogue stick, meet the first line of the two, and push up on the analogue stick all in one motion for a smooth swing.

The best way to master your art and get used to all of the above is by practicing like any other sportsman does to improve their talents.

Important note: To enable or disable the guide, gride, and other putting and hitting assists, you must do so in settings. You can access the settings anytime during the game and change them to suit your preference.

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Gameplay Settings Menu In-Game (Screenshot: EA Sports PGA Tour)

Practice Makes Perfect in Putting

Practice, practice, practice, and practice some more! As with any skill, practice is key to mastering putting in EA Sports PGA Tour Road to the Masters. With practice, you’ll be able to familiarize yourself more with the different courses and the slopes on the greens they each possess while improving your accuracy and consistency. 

The best place to get those putts in is by doing challenges; it’s also equally rewarding. To find out all the game modes in EA Sports PGA Tour, you can read: All EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters Game Modes

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Challenges Game Mode (Screenshot: EA Sports PGA Tour Road to The Masters)

While practicing, review your putting performance and analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Take note of the putts you missed and the ones you made to identify areas for improvement. Adjust your technique accordingly, keep practicing, and adjust to the course and its greens. 

Putting is a crucial skill in the game that can make or break you. Once you’ve learned this essential part of the game and improved your entire short game, there’s no stopping you from winning that championship trophy. 

In EA Sports PGA Tour Road to the Masters, putting requires precision and finesse, an understanding of how to read the landscape, and requires expert judgement. After you’ve mastered the putting techniques and basics, disable the guide and start putting as a real Pro without one.


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Ashley is a Freelance Contributor for Prima Games and has been writing content for the web for eight years and counting, striving to provide readers with the best content possible. Ashley has recently entered the realm of video game journalism, starting his journey in 2022 and focuses on most of the sports video game titles such as Madden NFL, EA Sports PGA Tour, EA Sports FC, and more. Other genres that Ashley focuses on are RPGs, FPS, Action, Adventure, and Stealth games.