Many Amateur golfers fail to understand the complexities behind putting which in turn makes putting somewhat difficult.
These factors include:
Did you know that a ball rolled off of a ramp (‘stimp meter‘) immediately proceeding the cutting of the green can be set up to roll as many balls consecutively to go in the hole every time?
Now, did you also know that once you take a group of people and walk between the ‘stimp meter’ and hole that only 50% of these balls will now go in?
This goes to show that footprints have a major impact on the true roll of the ball (Keep in mind that EACH foursome will leave thousands of footprints on the green before completing the hole)
Did you know that the way in which the grass grows will influence the roll of the ball?
Grain can slow a ball down, speed it up or even move it faster off line
BALL AND SPIKE MARKS
These can have a dramatic influence on the roll of the ball as well.
Did you know that the best players in the world, during competition, manage to make 6-foot putts less than 55% of the time?
If this is the stat for the best players in the world we need to accept that our percentages will be lower; so from outside 6 feet our OBJECTIVE needs to be to 2 putt.
Putting is Difficult
Therefore the next time during a professional event on TV when they show a close up of a ball rolling on the green pay close attention to how the ball bounces around as this may help shed a different perspective on how difficult putting can be.
Now that we can accept the fact that footprints, ball marks, spike marks and grain have an influence on the roll of the ball and the insight of tour stats perhaps it can be understood that putting is difficult.
Putting Objective – what you should aim for.
The OBJECTIVE of putting is simply to 2 putt, the goal is to stay away from 3 putting (or higher) and if it happens to go in the first time it’s a bonus!
Learning to control your SPEED is the most important part of putting in order to accomplish the OBJECTIVE.
Seldom will anyone 3 putt due to poor aim and instead it is usually caused by leaving putts short or hitting them too long.
The distance a putt travels will be based on:
- The length of the stroke and
- The pace associated with that stroke
Practice Strokes are imperative before hitting the putt
Therefore it’s imperative to take advantage of your practice strokes and routine prior to actually hitting your putt.
Almost all golfers do not perform their practice strokes or routine with enough PERFECTION.
Here are the steps to become a good speed putter through developing a good practice stroke routine:
- Look at the length of the putt on hand and let your eyes tell your body how far to take the putter back
- Once you know how far you plan to take the putter back you’re now committed to taking the club the same distance through
- Learn to move the putter with a decent intensity that remains consistent for all putts
- Hold your finish and ASK YOURSELF WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THAT PRACTICE STROKE. If you feel the ball would have rolled too short or too far then repeat steps 1 through 4 until you can IMAGINE a good outcome
- Once you’re happy with the ‘outcome’ of the routine then simply recreate that stroke when you actually putt the ball
When you have the ability to take the putter back and through the same distance with a descent intensity and gain recognition of the outcome of the practice stroke you will learn to become a good speed putter and start eliminating 3 putts.